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Biologist - Vaccine Research Support

Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description: 

ORAU has a contingent job opportunity for a Biologists in support of the overall functions of Office of the Scientific Director of the Vaccine Research Center, National Institute for Health (NIAID), locate d in Bethesda, MD. The positions are contingent on award of an upcoming contract with NIAID Professional, Scientific and Technical Support Services. Salary for positions will be determined based on education and experience. Relocation support is not available for this position.

ORAU has been providing scientific and technical talent staffing solutions and designing, managing, and evaluating jobs and internships for more than 70 years. ORAU assists in connecting the best and most diverse group of students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and job opportunities, whether in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices or private sector R&D departments.


Technical Requirements:
  • Perform a wide variety of procedures and techniques which may include mammalian cell culture, transfections, western blotting, protein purification, and immunological assays (ELISA, MSD etc.)
  • Independently follow written and oral guidance working individually or in a team-oriented environment.
  • Work on diverse projects with an ability to prioritize as appropriate based on guidance from senior staff.
  • Maintain careful laboratory records including written lab notebooks and well-organized online data files
  • Analyze data, summarize and generate presentations in an appropriate format.
  • Contribute to laboratory maintenance and organization including sample inventories and data files.
  • Assist in troubleshooting and calibrating various laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Assist in evaluating the validity of laboratory data; assess deviations in the experimental workflow in accordance with established protocols, previous training, or accepted laboratory practices.
  • Assist in training others in basic laboratory and departmental procedures.
  • Work with scientists, reagent and media suppliers, equipment sales representatives, instrument repairers, etc.
  • Maintain compliance with current institute laboratory and safety guidelines.
Specific Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Life Sciences or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a BSL-2 laboratory environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of maintaining accurate and detailed records.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proper laboratory disposal methods and safety procedures.
  • 1-3 years of experience working in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience with immunoassays (e.g. ELISA), flow cytometry, protein work (e.g. Western Blot, protein purification) or culture of mammalian cell lines is highly desired.

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Application Deadline Date: 10/11/2020   

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