Location: Lexington, MA (Hybrid)
Duration: 3-Year Contract
This individual will support biological laboratory efforts associated with a broad range of programs in core C-WMD mission technology areas to address key stakeholder needs and further the Group's core C-WMD mission areas. Examples of problems include: analysis of trace samples for forensic or attribution purposes, environmental sampling and analysis to inform sensor performance, C-WMD phenomenology, metagenomics analysis and novel assay development. Activities within the group are highly collaborative and multidisciplinary. This individual will work in a team environment to study a broad range of key technical questions to countering the proliferation and use of WMDs. Biology-based activities within the group are highly collaborative and multidisciplinary. Some of the activities can include sampling and analysis of nucleic acids, production of appropriate test materials, and assistance with field-based activities.
Responsibilities of Biologist:
Works with the team to understand and support C-WMD mission area success by executing a range of analytical methods in a biology lab.
As needed, technology development and testing may be conducted, which may also involve testing outside a laboratory and/or in operational settings. Such experimentation can span the evaluation of chemical, biological, explosive and radiological defense technologies, methods, and prototyping efforts. Research is also often conducted in collaboration with stakeholder and first responder communities.
Able to apply biological methods, approaches, and technologies to address critical biomedical and forensic challenges in the defense, intelligence, and homeland protection communities.
Seeking an experienced, motivated research associate to work with staff to design and execute research and development efforts that support programs in cell biology, molecular biology, and bioengineering.
The position involves working both independently and in project teams alongside experts in molecular, cellular, and synthetic biology, immunology and bioinformatics to achieve project goals.
Qualifications of Biologist:
B.A./B.S./M.S. in biology, biomedical engineering or related scientific field, or equivalent experience in lab-based biology and biological methods is required.
Demonstrated skills in biology lab best practices (e.g., aseptic technique, experimental design)
Experience with common molecular and cellular biology techniques is required among the following: Quantitative PCR
Purification and quantification of nucleic acids
Working with complex sample types (e.g. environmental samples)
Must have a willingness to learn additional methods and platforms as needed.
Lab experience outside of coursework and evidence of self-directed research and problem-solving abilities is highly desirable.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with a wide spectrum of audiences and ability to collaborate within multidisciplinary teams is also desired.
Other highly desired molecular and cellular biology techniques include: Nucleic acid sequencing
Mammalian and microbial cell culture