• Biologist/Environmental Scientist

    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/15/2019 10:00 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Full-Time 40
    Security Clearance Level
    National Agency Check (Client Initiated)
  • Responsibilities

    Seeking a biologist and/or biochemist with experience in general laboratory and/or biotechnical applications for a full-time laboratory-based contract position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Charleston Laboratory. This technical support position is integral to advancing NCCOS’ Stressor Detection & Impacts strategic science objectives via developing and deploying innovative coastal observing technologies to support early detection, predictive modeling, ecological forecasting, and assessment of impacts on coastal resources and economies.  Currently the research focuses on detection and monitoring of harmful algal blooms and their toxins in marine and freshwater (Great Lakes) systems. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated familiarity and ability to work with biosensing technologies (e.g., antibody-based techniques, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), waveguides, electrochemical sensors).


    Responsibilities include:

    • Assists researchers in developing antibody-based assays for autonomous and field-portable biosensors to detect harmful algae and their toxins;
    • Implements established SOPs and QA/QC procedures for printing protein arrays and executing SPR surface chemistry protocols, and assists researchers in method development;
    • Assists in maintaining biosensor/ bioanalytical instrumentation (e.g., SPR instrument);
    • Maintains up-to-date, well-organized, and highly detailed laboratory notebook covering all relevant research activities/experiments;
    • Collects, performs preliminary analyses of, and reports on experimental data to research personnel and supervising scientist;
    • Responsible for general laboratory maintenance including, but not limited to, washing/ autoclaving glassware, preparing algal culture media, maintaining laboratory equipment, inventory of supplies/reagents,


    Minimum requirements:

    • Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, biochemistry, or related discipline (including at least 2 years of chemistry coursework), or some combination of education and two years of progressively responsible, relevant work experience equivalent; or Master’s degree in same fields, plus one year experience in a research setting;
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct and assist in the development of complex research protocols for biosensor/ bioanalytical instrumentation while maintaining safe laboratory practices;
    • Demonstrated ability to learn to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot biosensor/ bioanalytical instrumentation;
    • Demonstrated ability/ skills in analysis, organization, and communication of scientific data;
    • Ability to work individually and as part of a team, with strong interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills;
    • Ability to calculate molarity, sample dilutions, standard curve concentrations, and execute other basic chemical formulas essential;
    • Ability to operate and work with sensitive laboratory instrumentation and novel technologies;
    • Basic mechanical knowledge and a strong level of manual dexterity required; ability to conduct minor repairs and modifications to sensor devices as directed;
    • Experience with sterile technique preferred;
    • Highly proficient in MS Office applications, familiarity with statistical software beneficial, and ability to learn/apply new application-specific software packages as

    Physical requirements:

    • Ability to work proficiently with computer keyboards and screens;
    • Ability to move about a chemistry lab and complete bench-level tasks safely and efficiently;
    • Ability to lift 35 lbs.


    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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