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Biologist (Research on Aging) - NIH - Bethesda, MD

Pikesville, Maryland, US
Closing date
Dec 16, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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 Biologist (Research on Aging) at the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

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:
  • Plan biological research programs
  • Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings work with biological technicians and technologists and other scientists
  • Monitor and observe experiments, recording production and test data for evaluation by research personnel
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings
  • Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers
  • Maintain laboratory equipment
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze samples
  • Analyze laboratory findings
  • Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards
  • Interpret research or operational data
  • Record research or operational data
  • Design, initiate and conduct specific research projects described above.
  • Participate in and present ongoing research and findings at weekly Lab and section meetings.
  • Write and edit scientific papers.
  • Present paper/abstract/poster at lab meeting and scientific meetings/conferences.
  • Operate and maintain sophisticated and innovative instruments such as fluorescent microscope, flow cytometry, and next generation sequencing to perform tests, analyses and other laboratory procedures; perform routine laboratory maintenance.
  • Schedule and maintain an accurate research tracking system and database for all research activities, daily records of experiments and results, including research documentation.
  • Ensure that research stock supplies and reagents are kept stocked; obtain quotes for supplies, services and equipment needed to conduct research; prepare purchase requests for these items and submit to primary investigator and/or lab manager for approval.
  • Investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms of immune cell aging in human (BLSA participants) and mouse model.
  • Employ cutting edge genomic methods such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, microarray to identify genes and epigenetic changes that are altered expressed in old lymphocytes and monocytes, and confirm the alteration of expression by specific real time RT-PCR.
  • Determine the size of TCR repertoire including both TCR alpha and beta genes, and their change with age in both CD4 and CD8 T cells and their subsets using the next generation sequencing technique.
  • Analyze the telomere length changes in BLSA participants by Southern blot, quantitative PCR or qFISH.
  • Process human blood samples; conduct routine primary immune cell culture in vitro.
  • Perform immune cell phenotypic and functional analysis by flow cytometry; isolate specific lymphocyte subset from blood by magnetic isolation and cell sort.
  • Genotype various genetically altered mouse strains and isolate immune cells from these mice for subsequent functional studies.
  • Conduct proteomic analysis of selected proteins and its associated proteins.

REQUIREMENTS. The contractor must have:
  • Ph.D. in Biology, Life Sciences or a related discipline (Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics)
  • Ability to work independently and think critically with skilled hands and sound judgment.


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