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Support Scientist

Company: KBR, Inc
Location: Mountain View
Posted on: April 2, 2021

Job Description:

Title:Support ScientistKBR is seeking a Biospecimen Support Scientist to support the NASA Institutional Specimen Collection (ISC). The NASA ISC is a centralized service function which supports the acquisition, management and dissemination of biospecimens from spaceflight and space-related investigations. The selected candidate will facilitate the daily operations associated with fulfilling specimen requests for acquisition and data management. Please note this is a Part-Time, 20 hour per week position.Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Works independently to complete assigned tasks using established and/or published procedures.
  • Support of the SMCC (Space Microbial Culture Collection) microbiology lab consisting of: culturing of diverse strains of pure-culture bacteria and yeast; preserving strains using cryopreservation and lyophilization. Perform identification through 16S sequencing and analysis.
  • In collaboration with the ISC Project Manager, gather requirements for establishing a microbiology specimen collection lab. Candidate will support the startup of the SMCC lab; configuring lab space and equipment.
  • In collaboration with the ISC team leader, gathers requirements for the acquisition of biological material from internal customers, develops work instructions, negotiates collection study contracts, facilitates purchase requisitions and collaborates with vendors to acquire biological materials of interest to ISC's projects, in compliance with Good Clinical Practices, Quality, Business and Industry best practices/standards.
  • Delivers on biological material collection projects per commitments and prioritizes resources to ensure flexible delivery to scientists and principal investigators in compliance with ISC processes, including but not limited to the collection and maintenance of legal regulatory and ethics documentations, generation of an accurate and complete data set, managing material logistics with operating permits and maintaining information in a validated laboratory information management system for Good Clinical Practices and Quality Standards Performs work according to established internal safety guidelines and procedures, and as specified by appropriate external regulatory agencies (e.g., OSHA).
  • Performs data management activities, such as data file transfers from suppliers, data import, data quality and consistency checks, resolution of data discrepancies, and data export while working within a validated laboratory information management system.
  • May troubleshoot issues related to tools (inventory management systems, LSDA dev tool). Keeps supervisor/team leader informed of project status, particularly of significant findings and results in critical problem areas.
  • Establishes key relationships and work with individuals or teams outside of immediate functional areas or ISC.
  • Helps with stocking and inventory check in Biorepository laboratory when required.Required Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree in life sciences with 4 years of experience, or 10 years of experience in lieu of a degree, in a laboratory or clinical operations setting.Required Skills/Training: Experience with handling and maintaining biospecimen tissues.Desired Skills/Experience:
    • Experience in basic laboratory microbiology methods, including aseptic culture technique; and basic molecular biology methods, including DNA extraction, PCR, and sequence analysis.
    • Experience in lyophilization, and experience working with non-model and difficult-to-grow organisms, are encouraged but not required.
    • Experience with NASA processes.
    • Experience supporting spaceflight projects.Scheduled Weekly Hours:20 KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and solutions across the asset and program life cycle within the government services and technology sectors. KBR employs approximately 28,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. --- KBR is proud to work with customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long- term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver.

Keywords: KBR, Inc, Mountain View , Support Scientist, Other , Mountain View, California

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