Medical Science & Computing, Inc. is currently searching for a Biologist to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a full-time position with MSC and it is on-site at the NIH in Bethesda/Rockville, MD.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Performing a wide variety of procedures and techniques which may include, but are not limited to: cell culture, clinical/diagnostic microbiology, DNA analysis, DNA isolation, DNA purification, DNA sequencing, flow cytometry, gene cloning, manipulation of radioactive isotopes, natural product isolation, organic synthesis, peptide synthesis, protein analysis, RNA isolation, etc.
- Calibrating and operating a variety of laboratory instruments used to perform tests, analyses, and other laboratory procedures which may include, but are not limited to: flow cytometers, peptide synthesizers, ELISA readers, HPLC systems, spectrophotometers, microcentrifuges, autoclaves, etc.
- Generating laboratory records to support laboratory research, and independently performing necessary calculations (e.g. serial dilutions, molar concentrations etc.). Writing report(s) offindings, stating methods and procedures, including any modifications employed, specimens and materials involved, and results of experiments.
- Planning batch production record formulations in advance to coincide appropriately with other laboratory sections' experimental needs.
- Interpreting, evaluating, and discussing the results of each experiment with the supervisor as part of the planning process for subsequent studies, and present these findings in individual weekly meetings with supervisor as well has lab group meetings.
- Preparing various buffers, stock supplies, and other reagents for use in the laboratory, cleaning and autoclaving glassware.
- Assisting in the analysis and interpretation of data and preparing summaries of laboratory findings to be used in reports and papers to be presented at scientific meetings and/or publication in scientific journals. Actively participating in the preparation of manuscripts, abstracts, and/or posters.
- Providing training to students and other laboratory personnel in the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment and in the performance of specialized procedures, techniques, etc.
- Responsible for laboratory upkeep and routine maintenance of equipment. Maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment including chemicals, biological materials, etc. required to handle biological materials, carcinogens, recombinant protein materials, acids, biological wastes, etc.
- Searching scientific literature for new methods and procedures that may be considered for application or modification to selected experiments; daily records of experiments and results in pen in bound laboratory notebooks; making minor modifications or adaptations to established methods, procedures, and/or techniques to solve problems in the work.
- Advanced degree in biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology or other related discipline with 1+ years of relevant experience.
- Highly motivated individual with the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously. Must be able to plan and coordinate experiments successfully with other laboratory section and members.
- Professional knowledge of and skill in performing a wide variety of complex procedures and techniques, such as cell culture, clinical/diagnostic microbiology, DNA analysis, DNA isolation, DNA purification, DNA sequencing, flow cytometry, gene cloning, manipulation of radioactive isotopes, natural product isolation, organic synthesis, peptide synthesis, protein analysis, RNA isolation, etc.
- Skill in calibrating and operating a variety of laboratory instruments used to perform tests, analyses, and other laboratory procedures, such as flow cytometers, peptide synthesizers, ELISA readers, HPLC systems, spectrophotometers, microcentrifuges, autoclaves, etc.
- Skill in determining the specific experimental data needed and the best approach and methods to obtain these data. Ability to adapt and modify established approaches and methods to meet experimental objectives. Skill in interpreting and evaluating the significance of experimental data as related to the specific project or assignment.
- Skill in written communication to prepare summaries, graphs, and other material for internal reports, manuscripts or presentations.