Molecular Biologist/Biochemist

  • CSS-Dynamac
  • Charleston, SC
  • Apr 18, 2019

Job Description

CSS, Inc.

Job ID 2019-2021
# Positions 1
Type Full-Time 40
Location US-SC-CharlestonPosted Date 2019-04-16
Security Clearance Level National Agency Check (Client Initiated)


Seeking a molecular biologist and/or biochemist with experience in general laboratory and/or biotechnical applications for a full-time contract position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Charleston Laboratory. This technical support position is integral to advancing NCCOS’ Stressor Detection & Impacts strategic science objectives via developing and deploying innovative coastal ocean observing technology to support early detection, predictive modeling, ecological forecasting, and assessment of impacts on coastal resources. Currently the research focuses on detection and monitoring of harmful algal blooms and their toxins. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to work with biosensing technologies (e.g., antibody-based techniques, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), waveguides, electrochemical sensors).

Responsibilities include:

· Assists researchers in developing antibody-based assays for autonomous and field-portable biosensors to detect microbes and their metabolites;

· Implements established SOPs and QA/QC procedures for printing protein arrays and executing SPR surface chemistry protocols, and assists researchers in method development;

· Assists in maintaining biosensor/ bioanalytical instrumentation (e.g., SPR instrument);

· Maintains up-to-date, well-organized, and highly detailed laboratory notebook covering all relevant research activities/experiments;

· Collects, performs preliminary analyses of, and reports on experimental data to research personnel and supervising scientist;

· Responsible for general laboratory maintenance including, but not limited to, washing/ autoclaving glassware, preparing algal culture media, inventory of supplies/reagents, etc.


Minimum requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related discipline, or some combination of education, and two years of progressively responsible, relevant work experience equivalent; or Master’s degree in same fields, plus one year experience in a research setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and assist in the development of complex research protocols for biosensor/ bioanalytical instrumentation;
  • Demonstrated ability to learn to operate, maintain and troubleshoot biosensor/ bioanalytical instrumentation;
  • Demonstrated ability/ skills in analysis, organization, and communication of scientific data;
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team, with strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Highly proficient in MS Office applications, familiarity with Matlab software beneficial, and ability to learn/apply new application-specific software packages as required.

Physical requirements:
  1. Ability to work proficiently with computer keyboards and screens.
  2. Ability to move about chemistry lab and complete bench level tasks.

CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.