Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table
Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens AND those eligible for consideration under a non-competitive hiring authority (i.e., 30% or More Disabled Veteran, VRA, Schedule A, Interchange Agreement, etc.).
The incumbent serves as a Biological Science Technician in The Foodborne Contaminants Research (FCR) Unit in Albany, CA. The FCR conducts research in animal health and food safety by developing new technologies and improving existing methodologies for the detection of prions, pathogens, and bacterial toxins. Specifically, this position requires experience in immunogen production, the generation of monoclonal antibodies and applied immunoassay methods. We develop and validate new technologies and transfer this knowledge to the scientific community, the food industry, and regulatory agencies, where implementation positively impacts animal health and food safety.
This is a term position for 13 months with a possible extension of up to 4 years.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Major duties of this position include:
- Generating, purifying and validating protein immunogens using recombinant DNA technology.
- Mammalian cell culture focused on the generation of hybridoma cell lines.
- High throughput ELISA based screening of hybridoma cell conditioned media for the selection of monoclonal antibody producing cells.
- Bio-conjugation and purification of proteins.
- Characterization of monoclonal antibodies that includes determination of isotype, epitope mapping, gene sequencing, and immunoassay performance.
- Conducting applied immunoassays for the detection of target antigens in various substrates.
- Maintaining cell and chemical inventories.
- Preparation of solutions, reagents and standards for laboratory use and sample analysis.
- Collecting, preparing and conducting laboratory analysis on research samples.
- Collecting and reporting research data according to instructions and standardized procedures (e.g., recognition of valid data, data quality assessment and appropriate storage).
- Transcribing research data from forms or devices into a computerized database and generating statistical reports and graphics.
- Preparing a description of methods used for a project or research report.