Laboratory Technician

Bethesda, Maryland
Jan 15, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

We are currently searching for a Laboratory Technician to support NINDS/NIH. Core responsibilities are to work products and documents related to research productivity and accomplishments including independent projects and collaborative projects. Work products and documents related to providing support to lab staff on research projects and techniques. Work products and documents demonstrating excellent collaborations with the highest level of integrity and accountability in various lab projects and work closely with lab members. Work products and documents related to compliance with NINDS/NIH safety regulations. Work products and documents related to the training of lab staff and students in applying the unique technical capabilities in sample preparation and data analysis and assist them in the successful application of these techniques. This opportunity is full-time, and it is on site in Bethesda, MD.  

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Plan, execute, and arrange laboratory experiments, new techniques, and procedures; and performs laboratory techniques relating to scientific research.
  • Troubleshoot issues with technical procedures; utilize trial and error methods customize protocols to the biological systems utilized in the laboratory
  • Determine when modifications and adjustments are necessary for experiments
  • Develop and assist in new assays for application based on requests from investigators
  • Identify pitfalls in the original choice of methods or experimental direction and redirect the study to achieve improved results
  • Recognize and initiate the investigation into problems with clinical laboratory procedures and equipment
  • Analyze, summarize and interpret data obtained from research studies; evaluate for completeness and validity
  • Assemble, manipulate and format test results
  • Assist in troubleshooting and calibrating various laboratory equipment and instruments
  • Carry out calibration; organize and initiate service and preventative maintenance on equipment
  • Clean and sterilize laboratory equipment such as glasses, metal instruments, sinks, tables and test panels
  • Clean glassware and microscopic slides
  • Collect and enter research data into laboratory notebooks and databases
  • Collect data and prepare for analysis and interpretation
  • Collect, analyze and interpret data; prepare summaries and reports based on results and findings
  • Convey and discuss research results with team lab members
  • Coordinate general laboratory maintenance, including equipment upkeep and calibration
  • Draw conclusions about the results as related to the ability of the experiments to answer the questions posed
  • Engage in problem solving as required to solve technical difficulties and to ensure steady progress, with a goal of providing high quality experimental data suitable for publication
  • Ensure that adequate clean inventory is available for immediate usage
  • Ensure that all specimens and equipment necessary for experiments are available and in good order
  • Ensure that policies and procedures regarding sample retrieval and use are followed
  • Ensure that reagents are made correctly and that expired reagents or defective products are replaced to ensure validity of results
  • Ensure that supplies and consumables are ready and on hand as necessary for maximum efficiency in the laboratory
  • Ensure that supplies and consumables are ready and on hand as necessary for maximum efficiency in the laboratory
  • Establish and maintain a record of laboratory supply usage
  • Evaluate new types of experimental approaches/analyses and recommend changes to protocols
  • Follow established procedures and protocols; utilize aseptic technique to perform experiments
  • Follow established procedures and protocols; utilize aseptic technique to perform experiments
  • Instruct collaborators in use of chemical instrumentation and basic data analysis
  • Interpret results of initial analysis to reveal conclusions and shortcomings
  • Inventory laboratory supplies and equipment, make recommendations and prepare purchase requests
  • Maintain and update laboratory notebooks and databases; and enter experimental data into spreadsheet and conduct statistical analysis
  • Maintain inventory system and sample storage according to outlined guidelines
  • Maintain stocked supplies and records of working reagents, including fixatives, buffers, solvents and staining
  • Maintain technical acuity requirements
  • Manage the laboratory logistics and supply flow by tracking the consumption of laboratory materials
  • Monitor and inventory routine laboratory supplies; ensure that supplies are stocked and organized
  • Monitor and maintain contracts for laboratory equipment and monitor equipment performance and maintenance schedule
  • Monitor equipment performance and maintenance schedules
  • Monitor inventory levels and proper storage of materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Order and maintain laboratory supplies, reagents and equipment
  • Perform a variety of laboratory techniques and procedures
  • Perform calibration, run controls and enter results for various equipment
  • Perform experiments on samples according to protocols
  • Perform flow cytometry-based experiments, including cell preparation, cell sorting and molecular analysis of sorted subsets
  • Perform fundamental procedures required for research projects
  • Perform laboratory maintenance tasks, including scheduling liquid waste container pickup
  • Perform preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment
  • Perform primary cell culture techniques and immunohistochemistry
  • Perform processing, description and analysis of samples and specimens
  • Perform quality control procedures necessary to ensure the accuracy of each test system, sample processing, storage and inventory of samples
  • Perform regularly scheduled maintenance on and generate maintenance reports for equipment
  • Perform routine analysis and tests on specimens in the laboratory
  • Perform routine experiments and tests, including tissue culture, cell separation, protein, and quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Perform routine experiments and tests; follow established procedures and protocols
  • Plan and execute experiments for in vitro and in vivo studies, including cell culture, Western blotting and immunofluorescence/immunohistochemistry
  • Plan and organize requests for basic and extraordinary laboratory needs for supplies and consumables
  • Prepare accumulated data and conclusions for publication in professional journals
  • Prepare materials and equipment for experiments
  • Prepare reports and summaries; prepare data for presentation at laboratory meetings
  • Prepare specimens and equipment for use in the laboratory
  • Present results and conclusions in written, tabular and graphic form
  • Process and organize multiple samples simultaneously
  • Provide experimental progress updates on procedures performed in the laboratory
  • Provide technical help and expertise to lab members
  • Record details of experimental procedures, results and protocols
  • Retrieve, catalog and process samples including but not limited to blood and tumor tissue
  • Store new samples, update database, retrieve samples with proper authorization
  • Train new laboratory members in the correct use of equipment, application of techniques and laboratory protocols
  • Update and maintain written laboratory record of the work
  • Upkeep sample and database inventory; monitor overall sample inventory
  • Work with a variety of routine and specialized laboratory instruments and equipment in the laboratory
  • Work with staff on processing specimens for embedding according to protocols
  • Work with staff on the maintenance of laboratory cell lines
  • Work with staff on the maintenance of laboratory logs and databases
  • Work with staff to cover glassware washing, media preparation, and autoclaving
  • Work with staff to implement storage and distribution of biological samples for future scientific research
  • Work with staff to maintain stocked supplies and records of working reagents, including fixatives, buffers, solvents and staining
  • Work with staff to monitor and ensure that appropriate laboratory safety courses and certifications for staff are up to date
  • Write reports detailing experiments and data analysis; produce publication quality graphs




Requirements Skills
  • Mass spectrometry-based proteomics
  • Proteome Discoverer
  • MaxQuant
  • Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience or related field
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
  • At least 1-2 years of experience



Due to our contractual requirements, to be eligible for this role, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at time of hire.


Company Description

Dovel Technologies and its Family of Companies (Medical Science & Computing and Ace Info Solutions) was acquired in October 2021.


Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining our public and private sector expertise, we help clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that help our clients outwit complexity and position them for future growth and success. The company has more than 12,000 professionals in over 50 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies.


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