• Molecular/Cellular Biologist or Pathobiologist

    Posted Date 3 months ago(5/21/2019 10:36 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Full-Time 40
    Security Clearance Level
  • Responsibilities

    The selected candidate will provide research support for the Coral Health and Disease Program located at the NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) laboratory in Charleston, SC.  The research support will encompass a variety of aspects of coral health and disease that include physical chemical and biological disturbance to their health.  The position requires that the individual be able to work with a degree of independence and responsibility.  This will require the ability to search, read and understand primary scientific literature to a degree they can contribute both in technical and scholarly aspects to discussions with the team lead or PI to establish daily goals and objectives within an assigned project.  The research is primarily laboratory based but does have a portion of work that involves field missions to investigate coral and environmental conditions at specific locations domestically and internationally. The individual is expected to participate both technically and intellectually in the preparation of written reports of research findings and presentations when appropriate. The research will be conducted as a member of an interdisciplinary research team of scientists under the direction of the principal investigator.




    • Assist in the implementation of project proposals and the development or adaptation of diagnostic methods related to achieving program objectives.
    • Applying scientific knowledge, techniques, instrumentation and methods necessary to achieve project goals, including designing and conducting experiments, and analyzing and interpreting data under the general supervision of the principal investigator.
    • Expected near-term experiments include sea urchin fertilization and development assays and conducting microbiology-based mutagenesis assays. 
    • Assist the Project manager with the oversight of the day-to-day running of routine lab operations and performing routine maintenance operations on equipment as needed and keep the laboratory safe and orderly. Also assists in the design and implementation of laboratory protocols and practices. Conducts quality control measures in the laboratory including upkeep and routine maintenance of assigned equipment and adheres to safety protocols while conducting work assignments.
    • This work requires occasional weekend duty to conduct extended duration experiments or assistance in the coral culture facility in the absence of assigned personnel. Emergency situations with storms and/or power outages also may require staff to assist others if coral facility staff is not available or additional help is needed.
    • Keep accurate written records of all methods, procedures, and experimental results, documents observations of unusual or abnormal appearance, and prepares data reports. Laboratory data acquisition also often involves photo-documentation and photomicrograph documentation.
    • Assist in maintaining inventories of laboratory supplies, specimens and equipment including chemicals, biological materials, liquid nitrogen, as assigned by the team lead or PI.
    • Equipment, vehicles, boats, and facilities at the NCCOS Charleston Laboratory will be used for this assignment by the incumbent.  All government equipment, including vehicles, boats, computers, telephone access, are to be used to for official government business only.





    1. Master’s degree in one of the biological sciences with at least 4 years of experience related to biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, genomics, or pathobiology.
    2. Demonstrated laboratory experience in at least three of the following areas:

    a. molecular biology (i.e., isolation of genomic and cDNA clones, sequencing, genomic DNA mapping, PCR amplification, DNA and RNA preparation, qPCR, oligonucleotide and RNA fragments analysis);

    b. molecular microbiology (e.g., aerobic and anaerobic bacterial culture, algal isolation and culture, conducting bacterial water quality analyses);

    c. diagnostic assay development (marine organisms preferred)

    d. toxicology (e.g., sea urchin toxicity assays and other non-model organisms, dose-response experimental design and execution, bioassays for mutagenesis, endocrine disruption) and statistical analysis of related data
    ‘omics data analysis (i.e., genomic, proteomic, metabolomics)

    3. Experience in the development and implementation of protocols or plans related to invertebrate toxicology experiments with various types of agents (chemical, biological or physical) on marine organisms, is preferred.

    4. Significant experience analyzing and drawing inferences from experimental data,

    5. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and documenting findings in the form of records, reports, and journal manuscripts.

    6. Demonstrated ability to perform literature reviews and summarize findings to contribute to scientific manuscripts.

    7. Experience in statistics in fields related to toxicology and/or genomics is preferred.


    CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.




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