Synthetic Biology Consultant

Key Role:

Work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment as a scientific or technical advisor in biomedical sciences in support of a DoD agency. Leverage a breadth of expertise to assess technologies across a broad range of applications to work with world-class scientists to drive research efforts forward for the development of advanced biological technologies to support DoD operations and to improve the readiness of our warfighters. Provide strategic assessments of new technologies to support the organization's goals, create technical reports, present findings, track technological progress, analyze technology program plans, and perform other related tasks required by the client. Assist with technical program management, program development, and briefing materials for government R&D efforts and deliver high-quality work products to support projects. Interact regularly with clients and present work products to clients. Prioritize deliverables and work independently with little guidance. This position is located in Arlington, VA.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience with research in molecular biology and biochemistry, synthetic biology, or microbiology, including time as a graduate student

  • 5+ years of experience with authoring technical papers, reports, or program plans for both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Ability to display multiple first author contributions to peer-reviewed papers or patents

  • Ability to explain and present complex scientific concepts to a broad audience

  • Ability to commute to Arlington, VA

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance

  • Doctorate degree required

Additional Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience with postdoctoral academic or industrial research

  • Experience in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Human Microbiomes, Metabolic Engineering, and Synthetic Biology

  • Experience with biosafety and biosecurity

  • Experience with science and technology policy

  • Possession of excellent scientific writing skills

  • Possession of excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Secret clearance

  • Doctorate degree in Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, or a related field


Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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