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Biologist - Bacteriology Collections

Gaithersburg, MD
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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ATCC is seeking a full time direct hire Biologist to work in Gaithersburg MD. The microbiology collections Biologist will be responsible, as part of a team, for documenting and authenticating new deposits into the bacteriology culture collection. The primary responsibility is culturing and characterizing newly described bacterial strains in an ISO 9001 environment. Experience working with fastidious, extremophile, or anaerobic bacteria is a plus. The biologist will participate in proposing and carrying out research projects on ATCC's extensive culture collection to enhance the scientific impact and commercial value of the collection. 


The Biologist is responsible for preparing for and conducting experiments on biological materials and processes. Following general instruction, they conduct testing and studies to advance product development and research. They collect and report on data and findings.


The Biologist monitors laboratory supplies, equipment, and cleanliness. They generally work on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data require a review of a variety of factors. The Biologist applies organizational policies and procedures to resolve a variety of problems while applying professional knowledge.


  1. Prepare for and conduct experiments to assist in studying the effects of varying materials, chemicals, environments, and physical conditions on biological materials and processes using standard scientific techniques and methods. Perform viability and purity checks on biological materials.
  2. Utilize a variety of biological techniques to contribute to tests and studies that advance product research and development objectives.
  3. Collect and analyze data, make detailed observations, and repot results. Test and document results neatly and accurately in notebooks, batch records and databases.
  4. Perform research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects.
  5. Contribute to summarizing, presenting, and drawing conclusions of research findings to help inform decisions.
  6. Participate in the creation and development of new methods and technologies for project advancement.
  7. Aid in preparation of research documentation, such as reports, summaries, publications, and presentations.
  8. Support laboratory operations by ordering, monitoring, and reporting on department supply levels, monitoring equipment functionality and cleaning laboratory equipment.
  9. Remain current on biology research methods, techniques, and developments.
  10. Solve a variety of problems of moderate scope applying organizational policy and procedure.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and 2-5 years' experience or equivalent experience.
  • Staff hired for the High Containment Team must be able to pass a Suitability Assessment which requires a Public Trust Clearance and a background investigation. Below is a link on the FSAP websites regarding Suitability Assessment Programs.

Suitability Assessment Program Guidance: Pre-Access Suitability Assessments | Compliance | Federal Select Agent Program (


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Works under moderate supervision.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Maintains accurate records.
  • Sound knowledge of laboratory procedures and protocols.
  • Ability to function as a participant in a team environment.
  • Demonstrates aseptic techniques appropriate to assigned discipline.
  • Experienced with lab skills and safety procedures including proper handling of chemicals and/or biologicals.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data.
  • Communicates effectively with ATCC programs as well as customer and technical services.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and make good decisions.

Other Duties:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.


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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