Kelly Services Biological Scientist - Washington, DC in Washington, District Of Columbia

Biological Scientist - Washington, DC

Work with a team analyzing environmental samples for rapid identification of pathogenic bacterial and viral threat agents. This non-research position in a molecular-based laboratory supports a Federal contract that requires candidates to be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder. Team members are subject to background investigation/assessment and must meet eligibility requirements for access to sensitive information and materials.

  • Conduct analyses according to standards operating procedures (SOPs) and policies

  • Apply knowledge of good laboratory practices

  • Maintain and operate equipment and instruments, including performing calibrations and adjustments, properly and in a safe manner

  • Maintain quality assurance standards

  • Prepare reports, troubleshoot, and make recommendations to the supervisor for inclusion in comprehensive reports

  • Participate in cross training related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies

  • Maintain knowledge and skills related to position and program through our knowledge enhancement program

Routine laboratory operations occur 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays

  • Work some holidays and weekends (i.e., rotating weekends, or every Saturday, or every Sunday)

  • During a public health emergency, 24-hour coverage for laboratory operations is needed. To maintain 24/7 operations, extended work hours and alternative shift work, including weekends may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in microbiology, molecular biology or a related science

  • MUST have at least four years (post-Bachelor’s degree) of relevant laboratory bench experience utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR), aseptic techniques and biological assays,

  • At least one year of experience as a Team Leader or Senior Scientist of a laboratory team/project.


  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree from an accredited university in microbiology molecular biology or related course work in biological sciences

  • MUST have at least one year or more of relevant laboratory bench experience, utilizing polymerase chain reaction, aseptic techniques and biological assays

  • At least one year of experience serving as a Senior Scientist or Team Leader of a laboratory team/project.

  • Able to work effectively in a small team.

Preferred Qualifications

Recent, regular experience with real-time PCR, QA/QC, root-cause analysis and BSL-3 experience are desirable.


Note that the phone number for our branch is not listed. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we regret that we cannot accept phone calls. All qualified candidates will be contacted.

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