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Lead Biologist

Manassas, VA
Start date
Nov 22, 2023

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Science/R&D, Biology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Ready to shape the future of science and global health? ATCC, a pioneer in biomaterials manufacturing, is seeking a Lead Biologist with molecular biology experience for an onsite role based in Manassas, VA.  

We're looking for an MSAT (Manufacturing Science and Technology) Lead Biologist to manufacture or test biological materials and molecular standards. You'll work independently to support the production of biological cultures and derivative molecular products through assay development and tech transfers, as well as collect and record data. You will provide training and guidance to the team and fill in for the supervisor as necessary.  


  • Manufacturing Operations: Manufacturing or quality control (QC) testing of biological products by following standard operating procedures (SOPs), work instructions, and other controlled documents. Maintain laboratory safety, operations, equipment, and supplies.
  • Assay Development and Process Optimization: Lead the development and validation of new assays for monitoring product quality. Optimize the manufacturing processes of biological products, ensuring efficiency, scalability, and best growth conditions.
  • Documentation and SOPs: Maintain accurate and up-to date documentation, including batch records, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and work instructions. Create SOPs to reflect process improvements and changes.
  • Technology Transfer: Manage the technology transfer of new processes, equipment, and methods from R&D or external partners to manufacturing facilities.
  • Validation Activities: Plan and execute process validation activities, including process qualification and validation protocols. Generate validation reports and maintain documentation in compliance with regulatory requirements.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field with 8+ years of relevant experience or equivalent
  • Experience with culturing bacterial, fungal, and/or mammalian cells required
  • PCR assay development incuding primer/probe designing and optimization required
  • Knowledge of nucleic acid extraction from various types of biological material, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and animal cells required
  • Advanced breadth of knowledge and expertise in Molecular biology
  • Advanced molecular techniques, such as cloning, (droplet) digital PCR, and real-time PCR preferred
  • Human and/or Mouse STR profiling preferred



We Invest in You 


  • Health & Wellness: 
    • Comprehensive medical coverage and company paid Life Insurance, Disability Insurance & AD&D.
    • Work life balance with Paid Holidays and PTO.
    • Fitness and cell phone subsidies, and additional benefits such as Aflac, legal services, and pet insurance.
    • Employee Assistance Program offering around-the-clock counseling.
  • Financial security: 
    • 401(a) (6% employer contribution) and 403(b) (2% match) retirement plans.
    • Corporate bonus program.
  • Mission Focused:
    • Non-profit organization supporting critical life science research
    • We give scientists the tools they need to make discoveries that improve and save lives.
    • Contribute to community involvement and social responsibility.
    • Exceptional career advancement opportunities, recognition, and rewards. 


Join ATCC, where we fuel your success, well-being, and development.  We're a mission focused non-profit Equal Opportunity Employer, championing diversity and inclusivity. When you work at ATCC, you become a part of that mission, one we've committed to for almost 100 years. Shape the future of science with us. 


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. 



ATCC is a private, nonprofit, global biological resource center and standards organization. We provide the scientific community credible biological products, advanced model systems, and high-quality services that support complex research in a variety of innovative applications resulting in incredible achievements in basic science, drug discovery, translational medicine, and public health.

We support the scientific community with the world’s largest and most diverse collection of human and animal cell products, as well as molecular genomic tools, microbe products, and biological materials. We offer a host of services, as well, including cell and microbial culturing and authentication, development and production of controls and derivatives, proficiency testing, and biomaterial deposit services. Through our ATCC Federal Solutions initiative, we lend our expertise to federal agencies in areas that include global health and infectious diseases, biodefense, and noncommunicable diseases.

We've developed a quality commitment, which includes ISO accreditations and standards, that has allowed ATCC to evolve from a traditional culture collection founded in 1925 to a biological resource center with an infrastructure that supports the future of life science and biotechnology.

Our newly expanded headquarters and bioproduction facility is located in Manassas, Virginia, near Washington DC, and a recently renovated research and technology center of excellence in Gaithersburg, Maryland.



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