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CWMD Synthetic Biologist

Systems Planning and Analysis
Lorton, Virginia, US
Closing date
Dec 11, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the DC Metro area. We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision makers in the Federal Sector. We do state of the art work and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team.

SPA assists the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in developing leading edge technologies to counter WMD in support of CCMDs and transitioning these technologies to services and SOCOM. SPA provides expertise across the full range of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) WMD, Counter Improvised Threat and Countering Threat Network technologies to support understanding, detection, identification, characterization, denial, control, disabling, defeating, disposing, safeguarding the force, managing consequences, and test and evaluation in support of military and civilian operations. #CJ #IN123


SPA is seeking a Synthetic Biologist who will: 1) Serve as a technical/scientific resource on projects in the area of threat agent science, 2) Review and evaluates project proposals applying the basic principles of plant and animal life and the effects of varying environmental and physical conditions such as atmosphere, temperature, radioactivity or pollution, 3) Study reactions of plants and animals to parasites, bacteria, viruses, pharmaceuticals, radiation and chemicals, 4) Work on advanced, complex technical projects or business issues requiring state of the art technical or industry knowledge on subjects such as biology, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, genetics, virology, immunology, toxicology, pathology, physiology, medical science, veterinarian science, or health physics, and 5) Prepare technical documentation and presentations to explain the approach, associated assumptions, and conclusions of scientific investigations.

  • Master's Degree in Biology with a focus on synthetic biology
  • Must have experience in one or more of the following: 1) Infectious disease or disease vector research, 2) Biologial agent detection or analysis, 3) Animal studies, FDA regulations, or drug development, and/or 4) Synthetic Biology or toxicology
  • DoD Secret level clearance, with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Research or functional project support in chemical or biological threat agent science
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