Microbiology Research Technician (Molecular)

US-MD-Silver Spring
# of Openings
1
Category
Medical Research
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field.

 

CAMRIS clients include U.S. government agencies and multilateral and private organizations. Our core practice areas include public health, agriculture and food security, economic development, education, environment, humanitarian assistance, democracy and governance, and medical research. 

Responsibilities

  1. Serve as a laboratory technician working under the supervision of a principal investigator or laboratory manager/ supervisor in performing laboratory procedure and experiments as required for the phenotypic and genotypic characterization of MDRO.
  2. Perform experimental work including serological assays, chemical assays, genetic and molecular biology procedures, growth of solid and liquid cultures.
  3. Perform routine laboratory duties required for the smooth and safe operation of laboratory such as maintaining a supply of clean glassware, properly disposing of hazardous biological and chemical waste, preparing reagents, and maintaining an inventory of laboratory chemicals.
  4. Maintain a laboratory notebook in which accurate and complete records of laboratory work is maintained in accordance with accepted standards.
  5. Follow laboratory SOP’s and specific written experimental protocols as well as oral instructions in performing assigned experimental work.
  6. Submit reports and data summaries when applicable.
  7. Comply with occupational health and safety standards and other applicable regulations and guidelines which may include medical surveillance.
  8. Attend relevant seminars, scientific conferences, and meetings to the MRSN.
  9. Participate in the development of research protocols and grant proposals and in the conduct of research related to MRSN activities.
  10. Maintain a safe workplace ensuring that he/she is aware of and observes appropriate safety and occupational health rules and regulations. Employee is required to attend safety training relative to his/her position and report any infractions of safety procedures to the facility Safety Officer.
  11. Performs light duties and other related duties as required and assigned.

 

Work Environment: laboratory/office environment; may require working evenings and weekends. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to manipulate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. Work may involve long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals and/or hazardous biological material. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Qualifications

  1. BS in microbiology or molecular biology.
  2. Ability to perform genomic extraction, library preparation and whole genome sequencing on bacterial surveillance samples.
  3. Proficiency in whole genome sequencing of bacterial samples, including the use of a MiSeq, NextSeq and PacBio instruments.
  4. Proficiency in the use of automated liquid handling systems.
  5. Ability to perform crude DNA extraction and real time PCR analysis for routine monthly surveillance of Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) for military healthcare facilities.
  6. Ability to perform rapid response testing for potential Carbapenemase Producing Organisms (CPO).
  7. Ability to perform minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), and other molecular and microbiological techniques to analyze MDROs.
  8. Proficiency in planning, designing and implementation of a high-throughput sequencing center for the military healthcare.
  9. Ability to evaluate new technologies and develop new protocols to shift from a low throughput to a high throughput facility.
  10. Ability to work independently following a brief period of specific technical training.

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