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Associate Biologist - Infectious Disease Research

Southern Research Institute
Birmingham, Alabama, US
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Dec 14, 2021

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
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Full time
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ASSOCIATE BIOLOGIST - INFECTIOUS DISEASE RESEARCH General Summary This position is responsible for performing a broad range of biological tests and procedures using standard scientific techniques and methods; and recording, analyzing and reporting results. The Associate Biologist will apply an understanding of scientific laboratory methods and techniques with an ability to work well within a team. Essential Duties and Responsibilities * Observes and executes activities consistent with study protocols, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or Laboratory Methods, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations, and safety and health practices. * Performs various assays to support ongoing projects with minimal supervision. * Develops proficiency in data acquisition, data analysis, and reporting of results. * Works in a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) and/or Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) environment. * Under minimal supervision, utilizes a variety of techniques to perform various assays. * Maintains and passages cell lines for assays. * Propagates virus strains and performs endpoint titrations in appropriate cell lines as needed. * Monitors and adheres to project deadlines. * Participates as needed in equipment service inspections and equipment validation processes. * Participates in daily, weekly and monthly cleaning requirements in the lab. * Maintains inventory of supplies and reagents needed to perform scientific experiments. * Contributes to data analysis, including minor statistical analysis and reporting of results. * Performs quality control review of data generated by other individuals. * Works with minimal supervision. * Performs other duties as required by supervisor. * Attends departmental and other necessary meetings and training sessions pertinent to work. Requirements/Minimum Qualifications * BS in relevant discipline and 4 years of related experience or MS in a relevant discipline. * Experience must include working 6 months to 1 year in a laboratory environment on viral In Vitro assays such as mammalian cell culture, TCID50, viral propagation in cell culture, HA, HAI, plaque assay, FRNT, PRNT, MNT, qRT-PCR, reporter virus and pseudo virus assays. * Demonstrated knowledge of basic study design and execution * Observes appropriate safety and study requirements by reading, understanding and following Standard Operating Procedures, Good Laboratory Practices requirements, and study protocols. * Ability to work overtime as necessary. * Ability to work in A/BSL-2 and A/BSL-3 environments. * Demonstrates ability to utilize relevant MS Office Suite Products. * In compliance with Federal mandates, effective December 8, 2021, Southern Research will require that all newly hired employees show proof of full COVID vaccination or authorized exemption prior to their start date. Work Environment & Conditions This position is in a laboratory environment and requires the use of Personal protective equipment (PPE) including (but not limited to): * Eye Protection (Safety glasses and/or full-face shield) * Lab coat and closed toed shoes * Respirator (varies based on tasks and barrier requirements) Tyvek/Scrub suit- BSL3 environment * Nitrile (or equivalent) gloves (varies based on tasks) * Hearing Protection (varies based on tasks) Immunizations are required for this position and are determined by the study/agent. Some examples include Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Smallpox, Influenza and Polio. Physical Demands This position requires significant physical abilities including (but not limited to): * Standing, walking or climbing for extended periods of time * Ability to sit for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area * Lifting, pulling, or pushing heavy objects (sometimes in excess of 50 lbs.) * Perform repetitive activities * Clear vision with corrective lenses at 20 feet or more and ability to determine colors (no color blindness) * Fine motor skills and manual dexterity * Wearing a respirator for extended periods of time (BSL3 environment) * Ability to perform work utilizing a computer for extended periods of time.

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