Phage Hunting Microbiologist

Gaithersburg, MD
Oct 07, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Exciting opportunity for an experienced microbiologist/phage biologist to join the team at Adaptive Phage Therapeutics (APT). The candidate will work in the field and within our Phage Hunting lab on all aspects of this department. 


  • Assist with the organization of the phage hunting interns work and lab schedules.
  • Perform environmental sample processing for phage hunting according to APT's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Perform in-house microbiological assays for bacteriophage extractions and additional processing.
  • Documenting activities clearly and accurately according to SOPs per QMS, and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain the laboratory records, including cleaning and equipment logs. Will coordinate with other departments to fulfill laboratory material supply needs.
  • Prepare reports or summaries as required within the necessary time frame. 
  • Adhere to current Good Documentation Practices (GDP), Biological Safety Level-2 (BSL-2), and aseptic technique in all laboratory processes.
  • Prepare appropriate reagents for processing according to APT's SOPs.
  • Must maintain a clean working environment including participation in regular laboratory cleaning schedule per established cleaning SOPs.
  • Be comfortable learning new methodologies and skills rapidly while maintaining critical thinking to improve processes and documentation.


  • Bachelor's Degree in biology or a related life science field.
  • Microbiology Lab experience is required.
  • Local travel for sampling collection is required.
  • Industry job experience is preferred but not required.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. 
  • Outstanding organizational and technical communication skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivation, adaptability, positive attitude, and the ability to multitask while under pressure.
  • Must be able to lift at least 40 pounds. 
  • Must be able to stand and work for extended periods of time.