Cell Biologist - NIH

Employer
Kelly
Location
Bethesda, Maryland, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with the leading medical research center in the world. We are seeking an experienced individual to work as a Cell Biologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:

- Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefit package

- Optional health, vision, and dental plans

-Vacation leave as well as 10 paid federal holidays and 401K plan.

- Access to NIH's unparalleled resources and niche scientific initiatives

TASKS/SERVICES. The contractor shall:

Provides technical experience needed to assist in studying the basic principles of plant and animal life
  • Work with the Antiviral Program for Pandemics to identify and develop antivirals
  • Develop research plans for new projects, including strategies for primary and secondary screens and advanced characterization, including BSL2 and BSL3 viruses such as SARS-CoV-2
  • Develop and or optimize biochemical and cell-based assays, including the use of pathogenic viruses, for automated robotic screening in 384-well and 1536-well formats
  • Tissue culture, passaging, and plating, and cell line engineering to create cell-based re-porter assays
  • Perform virus titer and lot quality control studies
  • Work with staff on the interpretation of assay outcomes obtained from compound screening efforts


Assists with performing basic laboratory experiments and procedures
  • Work with staff on bioinformatic analysis of results obtained from enzyme assays
  • Co-author Research Collaborative Agreement write-ups and proposals for new collaborations between NCATS and academic institutions or private industry
  • Mentor and train trainees and staff on techniques
  • Develop and optimize biochemical and cell-based assays for profiling therapeutic interventions against divergent molecular targets and animal human pathogens
  • Analyze the experimental results and organize findings into tables and figures


Prepares, organizes, and maintains various lab samples, supplies, and equipment
  • Evaluate new technologies and instruments resulting in proposals for new screening strategies and novel assay formats
  • Search existing literature; propose, design and test alternative assays for difficult screening targets
  • Confirm assay results and determine EC50specificity for primary active samples; develop secondary assays for follow up; communicate results to facilitate small molecule probe development


Learns new laboratory techniques and procedures
  • Operate liquid dispensing systems Aurora FRD, Labcyte acoustic dispensers, Ther-moFisher Multidrop and multimodal detectorsplate readers Tecan Safire, PE ViewLux, PE EnVision, BMG PheraStar
  • Analyze and organize experimental results using data analysis visualization software
  • Maintain and update laboratory notebooks and equipment
  • Maintain laboratory equipment
  • Write technical reports and prepare manuscripts; write experiment reports and prepare manuscripts for publication in collaboration with other investigators
  • Prepare oral presentations and posters for internal and external groups conferences
  • Propose, design and test assays to allow for a secondary profiling and utilization of probe candidates at DPI
  • Identify potential collaborators, academic, governmental, and industry; propose and investigate new target projects for initiation based on novelty and relevance to human health
  • Provide timely updates to assay providers; send summaries by email; conduct periodical teleconferences to discuss issues and coordinate actions

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 represents priority rankings, where 1 is highest priority and 5 is lowest priority of those ranked

REQUIREMENTS. The contractor must have:

Certifications & Licenses
  • Ph.D. in Virology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or a related discipline. Three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Master's degree is equivalent to a Ph.D. Five (5) years of specialized experience plus a BA/BS degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of related experience in Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) research environment.
  • Experience in Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) research environment.


Skills (Ranked By Priority)
  • Skill at maintaining accurate and detailed records of laboratory experiments.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities and pay close attention to detail.

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 represents priority rankings, where 1 is highest priority and 5 is lowest priority of those ranked

    Software
    • Operate liquid dispensing systems (Aurora FRD, Labcyte acoustic dispensers, Ther-moFisher Multidrop) and multimodal detectors/plate readers (Tecan Safire, PE ViewLux, PE EnVision, BMG PheraStar).


    Field of Study
    • Molecular Biology
    • Microbiology


    Note: Vaccination against COVID-19 is a requirement for all job opportunities offered through Kelly Government Solutions, in accordance with the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.

    PLEASE APPLY ONLINE

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