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Assistant Research Biologist - Infectious Disease Research

Southern Research Institute
Birmingham, Alabama, US
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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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 Assistant Biologist will apply an understanding of scientific laboratory methods and techniques with an ability to work well within a team.

Essential Duties & 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 supervision.
  • Develops proficiency in data acquisition, data analysis, and reporting of results.
  • Performs other duties as required by their supervisor.
  • Under 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 for equipment service inspections and equipment validation processes.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies and reagents needed to perform scientific experiments.
  • Contributes to data analysis, including minor statistical analysis and reporting of results.
  • May perform Quality Control on data generated by other individuals.
  • Works under supervision of higher level staff.
  • Attends departmental and other necessary meetings and training sessions pertinent to work.
Requirements/Minimum Qualifications
  • AS in relevant discipline and 0-3 years of related experience or BS in relevant discipline.
  • Observe appropriate safety and study requirements by reading, understanding and following Standard Operating Procedures, Good Laboratory Practices requirements, and study protocols.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize relevant MS Office Suite Products.
  • As a Federal contractor, Southern Research may be required to comply with a Federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate. In that event, 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 required the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including (but not limited to):
  • Eye protection (Safety glasses and/or full face shield)
  • Respirator (varies based on tasks and barrier requirements)
  • Tyvek/scrub suits
  • 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, Polio, and Influenza.

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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