The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a national leader in scientific research and development. APL is actively seeking a Biologist with strong expertise in biosecurity. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

Entry level scientist to support ongoing efforts in synthetic biology, biosecurity, biochemistry, and microbiology. Contribute through an understanding of biological and biosecurity principles, teamwork and communication to accomplish technical project objectives.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Contribute to efforts in a laboratory setting. Experimental design and execution in diverse fields to include design and manipulation of recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, protein purification and characterization, cell culture, and microbiology. Plan experiments and processes and analyze data. Troubleshoot and optimize experimental protocols. (75%)

2. Maintain laboratory facilities and manage inventory of reagents. (10%)

3. Ensure that project milestones are met on time. (10%)

4. Present data at lab meetings and to department management. (5%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications:

•B.S. required in a biological science or engineering field with coursework and laboratory experience relevant to biotechnology, synthetic biology, microbiology, and/or biosecurity.
•Two years relevant professional experience.
•Excellent organizational and communication skills, ability to work as part of a team.
•Proficiency with MS office, databases and domain-relevant software tools.

Desired Qualifications:
•Molecular/synthetic biology, microbiology, biochemistry experience.
•Biosecurity/biodefense expertise

Eligibility for a Secret clearance is required. Applicant selected 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.

APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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