Molecular Biologist

Introduction: The Research & Exploratory Development Department (REDD) at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is seeking a Molecular Biologist for the Biological Sciences and Engineering Group (R1C). R1C is an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers focused on exploring and developing the next generation of transformative technologies to solve critical challenges in human health and national security for the US Government.

Job Summary: The R1C group seeks a highly skilled and motivated Molecular Biologist to conduct innovative and insightful research in synthetic biology and infectious disease. The Molecular Biologist will interact with a diverse and interdisciplinary team, as well as collaborators at other organizations. Successful applicants will have clearly demonstrated expertise in synthetic DNA manipulation, (design/optimization, assembly, and characterization) and genome editing/engineering.

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

  1. Advance research projects in the areas of synthetic biology and infectious disease. Work with Principal Investigators and Project Managers to ensure that project milestones are met on time and within budget. Plan and execute experiments, collect and analyze data. (70%)

  2. Communicate results to management, sponsors, and the scientific community through reports, presentations, peer reviewed journal publications, and technical meetings. (10%)

  3. Lab management to ensure efficient and safety-compliant operation (10%)

  4. Assist in the conceptualization of new project areas and proposal development. (10%)

Required Qualifications:

Doctoral degree in Biological Science or related field with at least three additional years of experience

Demonstrated and extensive experience with DNA manipulation, including genome editing

Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Interdisciplinary research experience spanning synthetic biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics, and others

Proficiency in design and database tools for molecular biology and lab management

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated record of success working with multiple model organisms (e.g. E. coli, S. cerevisiae, C. elegans, animal models) and cell lines

Expertise in next-generation sequencing, confocal microscopy, plant biology, and/or protein biochemistry

Security: Eligibility for a Secret level 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.

Benefits: 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 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, and values diversity in its workforce.

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