Biologist (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Microbiology)

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Laurel , MD 20708

Posted 5 months ago

Do you marvel at the complexity of biology and seek to manipulate the molecular underpinnings of microbial systems in creative ways?

Do you love contributing your subject matter expertise in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology and/or microbiology to an interdisciplinary team of scientists focused on application development in the national health and defense mission areas?

Do you enjoy contributing to hands-on tasks in a laboratory setting?

If you answered yes to these questions, we're looking for someone like you to join our team, in the Biological Sciences Group, here at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

We are seeking an individual with interdisciplinary training across the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology. You should have some combination of skills in protein purification, isolation of biochemical compounds from complex samples, DNA/RNA manipulation and analysis, assay development, microscopy, and culture of exotic/complex microbial systems. As part of the Biological Sciences Group in the Research Exploratory Development Department, this position is at the forefront of APL's mission to provide critical contributions to critical challenges. A highly motivated and dedicated Biologist will be able to contribute to building extraordinary expertise in pursuit of challenges in areas of defense and national health.

As a Biologist

  • You will drive efforts in experimental design and execution in diverse fields to include design and manipulation of recombinant proteins and synthetic nucleic acids, protein purification and characterization, microbiological culture and engineering.

  • You will support study design, execution, and data analysis. You will assist and collaborate with scientists in support of laboratory-based experimentation.

  • You will troubleshoot and optimize experimental protocols.

  • You will assist with basic laboratory functions (i.e. lab cleanliness and organization, equipment upkeep, etc.).

  • You will communicate key findings both internally across teams and externally to sponsors.

  • You will be a part of a team providing leadership in the development of new opportunities and support internal initiatives, driving technical innovation and growth in areas relevant to APL sponsors.

  • You will participate in the biology and APL community, and present data at lab meetings and to department management.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have ...

  • B.S. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or a similar field.

  • 1-4 years of experience in a laboratory setting.

  • Demonstrated expertise with recombinant protein expression, protein purification and characterization,

  • Are well-versed in molecular biology techniques, including design and construction of genetic constructs

  • Extensive experience with culture and genetic manipulation of bacteria and yeast.

  • Experience designing, running, and troubleshooting a wide range of biological assay types.

  • Are able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have ...

  • Experience with cell culture, stable transfections, and infection or co-culture with viruses or bacteria.

  • Demonstrated expertise in fluorescence and confocal imaging, including image analysis with Image J or Matlab and immunocytochemistry or immunofluorescence.

  • Experience with plant, marine invertebrate or microbiome systems.

  • Experience working with enzymes with complex cofactors like metal cofactor or other aspects of bioinorganic chemistry.

  • Experience working with proteins and other signaling cues involved in the life-cycle biology of marine invertebrates.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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