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Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Molecular Microbiologist

Medical Science & Computing (MSC), a Dovel company
Bethesda, Maryland
Start date
Sep 29, 2022

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Clinical, Clinical Research, Science/R&D, Biotechnology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

We are currently searching for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Molecular Microbiology to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a full-time position with MSC, and it is on-site in Bethesda, MD.


Duties & Responsibilities
  • Serve as technical expert providing state-of-the-art molecular analyses in the Microbiology Service.
  • Perform a wide variety of complex experimental procedures involving conventional and molecular microbiology techniques.
  • Work with staff on specimen processing and test performance of moderate to high complexity tests.
  • Perform moderate and high complexity clinical test procedures such as DNA/RNA purification and quantitation, Sanger sequencing, real-time PCR, library prep for next generation sequencing (NGS) and digital droplet PCR.
  • Collaborate with investigator(s) on projects, methods and equipment aiding in meeting the lab’s clinical and research goals.
  • Use a variety of computer programs (such as Microsoft Excel) and statistical methods to collect, organize, and analyze data for optimal retrieval and presentation of results in a clear, concise manner.
  • Follow the laboratory’s established policies and procedures when test systems are not within the laboratory’s established acceptable levels of performance.
  • Identify problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results; correct problem or notify staff; document all corrective actions taken.
  • Communicate and consult with pertinent medical personnel regarding collection procedures; troubleshoot any problems with the specimen or documentation.
  • Troubleshoot problems with equipment such as thermocyclers, automated nucleic acid extractors such as QIASymphony/QIAgility instruments and sequencers such as ABI 3500xl.
  • Participate in all aspects of laboratory safety, quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement (QC/QA/QI) policies and procedures.
  • Document all quality control activities, instrument calibrations and maintenance
  • Maintain records that demonstrate proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
  • Organize daily workload based on priorities, rotation schedule and needs of the laboratory and patients.
  • Order reagents and supplies required for the specialty testing for equipment and supply contracts.
  • Collaborate with staff to evaluate and/or develop new techniques; perform comparative studies with older technology; perform evaluations to determine new guidelines.
  • Ensure compliance with accrediting and inspections agency requirements, participating in activities associated with the laboratory accreditation process.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology or related science such as Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, or Immunology and at least one (1) year of experience performing Sanger Sequencing and other molecular techniques as noted in the above list of tasks/services is required.
  • Master’s degree in Molecular Biology or related science such as Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, or Immunology and at least three (3) years of experience performing Sanger Sequencing and other molecular techniques as noted in the above list of tasks/services, highly preferred.
  • Ability to lift 10 – 30 pounds.
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination.
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills


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.


Guidehouse is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.


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Medical Science & Computing (MSC), a Dovel company, is a trusted government partner that blends deep domain expertise with advanced technologies to help our customers solve complex problems that improve, protect, and save lives. The Dovel Family of Companies combine entrepreneurial spirit, customer focus, and an outcomes-based approach to support agency missions in health IT, life sciences, public safety, and grants management. 

MSC has long supported Federal health organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and applies deep understanding of missions, goals, and operations to discover and implement innovative approaches for streamlining and disseminating research efforts, enhancing knowledge sharing, and improving public health. 

Together, Dovel and MSC offer a diverse set of complex biomedical, scientific, and technology services, coupled with attentive and purpose-driven program management to serve mission critical organizations and drive meaningful change in the world.


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