Biologist - DNA Technical Specialist - Contingent
- - VA-Arlington
- Quantico, VA, USA
- Full Time
About Signature Science:
For nearly two decades, Signature Science, LLC has brought together bright scientists and engineers to apply their expertise to programs that help keep our nation safe. Our scientists and technicians perform analyses and conduct research and development activities in our laboratories or at our clients' site laboratories, advancing science while working with state-of-the-art instrumentation. We are poised to continue to our corporate growth in the service of national security and criminal justice.
The Biologist - DNA Technical Specialist tests new forensic biology products and analytical procedures, recommends solutions to problems encountered when applying these procedures or products on sample materials, and assists in the training of new methods.
This position is contingent upon Signature Science winning a position on the FBI Laboratory Support Services contract. Contract award is anticipated in Spring 2021.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following services:
Perform work analyzing body fluids and / or other human tissues using DNA analysis or other biological/chemical methods.
Perform laboratory techniques using polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Sanger sequencing, and massively parallel sequencing (MSP) to test and evaluate methods used in the individualization of persons with DNA analysis.
Review procedure modifications and upgrades to instrumentation and software to ensure reliable results.
Conduct testing and evaluation of new and existing DNA / biological testing procedures and protocols.
Prepare solutions, buffers, and reagents used in body fluid and human tissue identification techniques.
Prepare detailed documentation.
Ensure each analyses is performed correctly by conducting peer reviews on findings.
Prepare scientific manuscripts and abstracts for publication and oral / poster presentation in scientific journals and at meetings.
Perform routine maintenance and QC checks of reagents and equipment, as needed.
Prepare purchase requests and interacts with purchasing personnel in support of QA and QC functions.
Support activities, functions, or duties, as defined in future TOs.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledge of related sciences such as biochemistry, chemistry, physics, molecular biology, genetics, and mathematics.
- Knowledge of the uses of computers and the ability to manipulate data for basic statistic evaluation and display.
Education: B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, or related field of Biological Science.
Experience: One (1) year of experience performing research in a biological science and a minimum of one (1) year of forensic human DNA laboratory experience.
Certificates and Licenses:
Candidates should possess an active Top Secret security clearance.
Working Conditions/ Equipment:
DNA Technical Specialists will work at the client site in Quantico, VA.
The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.