Biological Scientist

A-TEK, Inc.

Job Description
This position will be responsible for performing non-research molecular testing to rapidly identify and characterize potential biological threat agents. Ensures incoming environmental samples are triaged and processed while maintaining chain of custody. Following standard protocols and quality assurance requirements, performs and interprets a variety of specialized tests for detection and identification of pathogens. Completes documentation, prepares reports, answers questions, troubleshoots, and makes recommendations to the supervisor for inclusion in comprehensive reports. Maintains and operates equipment and instruments, including performing calibrations and adjustments, properly and in a safe manner. Safely handles various biological materials, including biohazardous waste. Participates in training as required. Additionally, will be responsible for maintaining knowledge and skills related to position and program. Routine lab operations are 7/365 and team members take turns working weekends and holidays. During a biothreat emergency, 24-hour coverage of lab operations is needed, and extended work hours and alternative shift work may be required. Qualifications:PhD or Master's degree an accredited university in microbiology, molecular biology, or related course work in biological sciences with at least one year of laboratory bench experience using PCR, aseptic techniques, and biological assays, and at least one year of experience serving as a Senior Scientist or Team Leader of a laboratory team/project.Bachelor's degree from an accredited university requires four years of laboratory bench experience, including at least one year of experience as a Team/Leader.Biological Safety Level (BSL)-3 experience is desirable. A-TEK, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or Vietnam era or other protected Veteran status.