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Biological Scientist

Employer
Amentum
Location
New York City, NY
Salary
$72,000
Start date
Nov 3, 2022

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Discipline
Science/R&D, Biology, Laboratory, Molecular Biology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

Amentum National Security Solutions is actively seeking applicants for Biological Scientist

 

Amentum Position Description:  The Biological Scientist shall perform, at a minimum, the following tasks and responsibilities in accordance with standard operating procedures:

 

Must be able to obtain/maintain a DHS Suitability security clearance

 

  • Handling, receipt, and processing of daily operational, Quality Assurance, verification and proficiency test samples potentially containing biological threat agents. 
    • Receiving samples may require extended walking to/from laboratory areas and up and/or down several flights of stairs. 
    • Samples may require being transferred from one area/cart/cooler to another, requiring staff to lift ~50-60 lbs. 
    • Processing samples requires more than one (1) hour, but typically not to exceed four (4) hours, of repetitive motion (e.g. twisting/cutting/pipetting/gripping) on a regular, if not daily, basis.
  • Performing non-research biological science work utilizing microbiological and molecular techniques, which currently includes DNA extraction and real-time polymerase chain reaction (real-time PCR) to identify and characterize pathogenic bacterial and viral agents (analytical methods and technologies may change over the life of the contract).  
    • Laboratory workflow may occur in different laboratory areas (e.g., clean, high and low titer, under different conditions, such as BSL-2/BSL-3), utilizing a variety of biological safety cabinets (BSCs), and/or hoods (e.g., laminar or dead air).
    • Laboratory work may require several PPE changes including, but not limited to, respiratory and full body protection (e.g., Tyvek suit) and gloves, for extended periods of time, not to exceed four (4) hours.
  • Preparing reagents and samples - same as above
  • Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
  • Decontamination of workspaces, including Biological safety cabinets, hoods/air boxes, equipment, and other items associated with processing and analysis activities. 
    • Necessitates decontamination of several rooms requiring extensive use of bleach and alcohol. For safety, proper PPE is required.    
  • Maintaining chain-of-custody (CoC)
  • Interpretation of results - must be capable of independent analysis
  • Data entry utilizing computerized or computer-linked systems
  • Performing routine equipment calibration, cleaning, assembly, and maintenance in multiple lab areas
  • Collecting, processing, and analyzing internal laboratory swipes/swabs for Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and contamination monitoring located across multiple lab areas 
  • Proper disposal of bio-hazardous waste. 
  • May require lifting, stooping, reaching, carrying, and/or storing biohazard waste of different sizes and/or weights up to 40 lbs.
  • May require collecting multiple bags from BSL-2/BSL-3 areas and loading and unloading the autoclave machine when completed. For safety, proper PPE is required.
  • Restocking and maintaining proper inventory (e.g., par levels, rotation of stock, expiration dates, etc.,) of necessary supplies.  
    • May require lifting, stooping, reaching, carrying, and/or storing consumables, supplies, and/or equipment of various sizes, shapes, and/or weights up to 70 lbs.
  • Supporting customer logistics in conducting and documenting annual inventory (e.g., serial numbers, disposition, PO’s, packing slips, etc.) of DHS-procured durable equipment and property.
    • May require lifting, stooping, reaching, carrying, and/or transporting equipment and/or instruments to/from different laboratory areas and/or packaging instruments for service
  • QA/QC and acceptance testing of reagents in accordance with applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Laboratory Operations Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP)
  • Adhering to QA/QC requirements in accordance with the Public Health Laboratory quality management systems and the customer laboratory QAPP
  • Maintaining documentation of records demonstrating compliance with applicable training/retraining, competencies, document reviews
  • Analyzing routine external QA samples in accordance with the customer SOP’s and QA Program guidance
  • Proper archiving, storage, and shipping of samples. 
    • May require lifting, stooping, carrying, and/or storing of sample archives of varying sizes and weights up to 40 lbs.
  • Demonstrating ability to follow and adhere to written procedures and accepted practices in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, safety, security and dress code policies, procedures, and guidelines, including DHS Safeguarding Sensitive but Unclassified (For Official Use Only) Information (January 2005) when visiting or working at Government facilities
  • Preparing written and oral technical reports, answering questions, and making recommendations to the Lead Biological Scientist for inclusion in comprehensive reports
  • Accurately performing work with confidence
  • Demonstrating competency in various testing methodologies (e.g., multi-center studies), evaluating potential products and processes against unique environmental backgrounds, and meeting established deadlines
  • Scheduled workdays, including weekends, holidays, and nights (e.g., 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm; days and nights rotated after 3 to 6 months) 
  • Must be present for all hours of the workday, and be available 24/7/365 in case of emergency

Position Minimum Requirements/Qualifications: 

 

 

 

  • Minimum of a Ph.D. or Master’s degree from an accredited university in microbiology, molecular biology, or related course work in biological sciences with at least one (1) year of laboratory bench experience outside of an academic environment, utilizing PCR, aseptic techniques, and biological assays, and at least one (1) year of experience serving as a Senior Scientist or Team Leader of a laboratory team/project. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university requires four (4) years of laboratory bench experience outside of an academic environment, including at least one (1) year of experience as a Team Leader/Senior Scientist.
  • Biological Safety Level (BSL)-3 experience is desirable.

 

 

Company

Amentum is a premier global leader in designing, engineering, managing and modernizing critical systems and programs of national significance across defense, security, intelligence, energy, and environment. Driven to create a safer, smarter, cleaner world, we innovate as a team of inventive doers passionate about making a difference.
 
Underpinned by a strong culture of ethics, safety and inclusivity, Amentum is fiercely committed to operational excellence, mission focus, and successful execution.
 
We believe in fostering a sense of belonging, welcoming diversity, including all perspectives and contributions, and providing equal access to opportunities and resources for everyone.
 
We Have Fierce Commitment: We deliver on our promises and are accountable to our teams, customers, company, and communities. We are purpose-driven. No matter the challenge, we work safely with mission success the only acceptable outcome.
 
We Create Trailblazing Solutions: We innovate as a team of curious and inventive doers passionate about making a difference in an ever-changing world.
 
We Have Unwavering Integrity: We act ethically, and we expect everyone on our extended team to act honorably. We do the right thing—always.
 
We Embrace Inclusion & Collaboration: We respect each other, build trust, welcome ideas, communicate effectively with all our teams, and believe strongly in developing and recognizing our people.
 
We have more than 36,000 employees in 72 countries in all seven continents. Through a shared commitment to safety, quality, and integrity, we’ve built a culture of excellence, rife with new opportunities for personal development and enterprise-wide expansion. Our customer-first focus, 118-year legacy of success, and growth mindset make this a uniquely exciting time to explore a career at Amentum.
 
As we move boldly into the future, we’re growing our team with self-starters who are always looking for new opportunities to grow their career and serve our customers. People who make every day count. Sound like you? Join us.

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