Response Support Scientist

Fort Detrick, Frederick
May 11, 2022
Required Education
Position Type
Full time


• Deploy to international locations for typically 2 (two) to 4 (four Weeks) per year to provide laboratory support for clinical trials, research studies, and outbreak preparedness/response activities. 

• Provide laboratory support for studies, which may include screening of medical countermeasures for efficacy in vitro and in vivo, sequencing and bioinformatics study support, andmay extend to other disciplines related to virology.  

• Generate high quality interim and final study reports and develop them for timely publication in peer-reviewed journals. 

• Actively participate in practices/processes to enhance data quality and integrity including periodic review of study execution to identify gaps and refine procedures. 

• Develop and implement training and cross-training programs to assure continuity of operations and scientific core activities. 

• Develop and revise Standard Operating Procedures and methods for laboratory operations. 

• Comply with the NIH Division of Occupational Health and Safety requirement for satisfactory completion of the Biosurety program and Select Agent program. 

• Play a role in ensuring that the Biosurety program promotes a security conscious culture. 

• Comply with the physical security, protection of the division’s property, protection of information, cyber security, select agent protection, control and accountability, safe disposal and waste handling, and personal security guidelines set forth by the division’s Biosurety program.


• Must have professional experience in virology, molecular biology, immunology, or public health. 

• Must have four years of specialized training in research. 

  • Must have experience in Next Generation Sequiencing methods for detection and identification of emerging and/or novel human pathogens
  • Must have experience in basic bioinformatics tools for pathogen discovery and genome assembly

• Ability to obtain/maintain DOJ Security Risk Assessment approval. 

• Must be willing to be immunized with licensed and FDA approved Investigational New Drugs recommended for persons at risk for occupational exposure to biological agents. 

• Must be willing to participate in periodic drug screening. 

• Must have the ability to obtain/maintain certification in Chemical Personnel Reliability Program and/or Biological Personnel Reliability Program. 

• Must have the ability to obtain/maintain CDC Select Agent Program approval. 

• Ability to work under BSL-4 conditions. 

• Able to wear respiratory protection.


• Previous experience working in a BSL-4 environment. 

• Experience with viral Select Agents. 

• Previous international field research experience in virology, immunology, molecular biology or public health. 

• Familiarity with use of clinical laboratory instrumentation, testing and standards. 

  • Experience with OCONUS laboratory capability development and training
  • Experience with Illumina and Oxford nanopore sequencing platforms

• Good Clinical Laboratory Practice experience is preferred. 

• Proficiency in genomic analyses tools for primer design, genome reference mapping, genome de novo assembly, pathogen detection and discovery

• Basic understanding of laboratory information management systems. 

• Demonstrate interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills. 

• Demonstrate ability to work independently, design experiments, and analyze data. 

• French language proficiency.


• PhD in biological sciences preferred, or Masters level degree in biological sciences with four years of relevant experience.


• Must be able to meet the requirements for T3 level investigation.