CSS is seeking a Biological Research Assistant for Part-Time employment to support NOAA’s, National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, MD. The primary focus area for this position will be to work with NCCOS and partners to assess the occurrence and distribution of pathogens in shellfish and our waterways. The resulting data will be used to inform coastal management decisions and advance NOAA’s Pathogen forecasting goals. Due to current COVID limitations, the position is slated as Part- Time, but with flexibility should these limitations recede.
- Receive, sort, and log samples of water and shellfish from project partners. Ensure all samples are adequately labeled and stored as directed.
- Follow established protocols to assist in the processing of samples of water and shellfish for pathogen analysis.
- Process water samples for analysis. Activities include filtering, extracting filters, extracting DNA from filters, and conducting quantitative PCR.
- Process shellfish samples for analysis. Activities include shucking and processing shellfish, culturing bacteria, DNA extraction, and quantifying bacterial species through MPN-PCR.
- Assist team members with maintenance and husbandry of live shellfish and experimental systems.
- Assist team members with molecular analysis of environmental samples via PCR, and quantitative PCR as needed to support project objectives.
- Occasionally may travel to field locations to assist team members, project partners and collaborators with collection and processing of samples.
- Assist with packing, shipping and receiving of project samples to/from the Oxford Laboratory or from partner facilities as needed to support project objectives.
- Assist team members with general laboratory and field support activities, including making culture media, sterilizing glassware, labeling samples and laboratory materials, cleaning laboratory glassware, packing and unpacking field equipment, and other designated science activities.
- B.S. degree, or working towards a degree in biology or related field preferred.
- Ability to work well with others in a team environment.
- Experience with basic laboratory procedures in biological analysis, chemical analysis and safety preferred.
- Ability to follow laboratory protocols with or without direct guidance.
- The successful candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, able to maintain records, and work both independently and collaboratively with co-workers and partners in laboratory and field settings.
- Processing of a National Agency Check and fingerprinting will be required.
- Must be able to pass a drug screen and background check.
CSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer who provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, CSS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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