The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a Cell Culture Technician at EPA position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA’s Research Triangle facility in Raleigh-Durham, NC.
The Office of Research and Development at the EPA supports high-quality research to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its environmental goals. Research is conducted in a broad range of environmental areas by scientists in EPA laboratories and at universities across the country.
The National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT) is responsible for developing computational tools and solutions for improving environmental risk assessments and regulatory decisions pertaining to chemical safety and sustainability. The NCCT is testing thousands of chemicals in a wide range of state-of-the-art high-throughput biological assays, with the goal of building computational models for predicting toxicity. Supporting this effort are various new laboratory research services, and databases tracking massive amounts of information related to bioassay outputs, chemical structures and identifiers, and detailed tracking of the chemical samples undergoing testing and a suite of web applications make these data available to the public.
The projects this Laboratory Support Technician will be assisting with are part of an overall research program aimed at populating databases of chemical concentration-response data from two cell-based screening assays: 1) targeted RNA-Seq based high-throughput transcriptomics (HTTr) screening and 2) high content imaging based high-throughput phenotypic profiling (HTPP). This student will assist with cell husbandry and performing experiments for NCCT using in house resources, including cell culture tools, laboratory robotics and instruments for data collection under the mentorship of an NCCT scientist.
The selected candidate shall assist NCCT laboratory scientific researchers with laboratory experiments, maintenance and management, sample inventory and management, data analysis, as well as some administrative support functions.
Analytical and laboratory responsibilities shall include:
Communications-related responsibilities shall include:
The selected candidate may be asked to present work performed as a poster at a scientific conference.
Location: This job will be located EPA’s Research Triangle facility in Raleigh-Durham, NC.
Salary: Selected applicant will become temporary employee of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage of $21.27 for hours worked.
Hours: Full Time.
Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.
Expected Start Date: The position is full time and expected to begin January 2019. The initial project is through May 14, 2019, followed by up to one (1) 12-month optional periods.
The selected applicant shall be supervised by a mentor who will provide day-to-day direction, as well as coach, advise, counsel and review his/her work. This position will involve work in a laboratory setting and may involve exposure to hazardous elements including, but not limited to hazardous chemicals (CSL3). Laboratory safety training will be provided and completion will be required.
For more information, contact EPAjobs@orau.org. Do not contact EPA directly.
Eligible applicants must:
EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education
The applicant shall possess:
Desired Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education
It is desirable for the candidate to have:
I certify that I am at least 18 years of age; have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, toxicology, environmental science, or other related field of study from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months; a citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States of America; and not a current employee of EPA ORD or the spouse or child of an EPA ORD employee.
ORAU is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability); visit the ORAU website for required employment notices.