Job Description

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Synthetic Biology Consultant

Key Role:

Support program managers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the development of new program concepts, management of a diverse active project portfolio, and transition of cutting-edge research to end-users. Work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment as a scientific and technical advisor with expertise in microbial ecology and complex human microbiomes including those relevant in wound infection and the human gut. 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 the client's operations and to improve the readiness of our warfighters. Provide strategic assessments of new technologies in support of the organization's goals, create technical reports, present findings, track technological progress, analyze technology program plans, and perform other tasks required by the client. Assist with the preparation of briefing materials for government R&D efforts and deliver high-quality work products to support projects.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience with research in synthetic biology, molecular biology, or microbial ecology, including time as a graduate student
  • Experience 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 obtain a security clearance
  • Doctorate degree 

Additional Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience with postdoctoral academic or industrial research
  • Experience in microbiome research, multi-omics analysis, and molecular biology
  • Ability to present a publication record demonstrating rigorous evaluation of testable hypotheses and expertise in statistical methods required for multivariate data analysis
  • 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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Work Model
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  • If this position is listed as remote or hybrid, you’ll periodically work from a Booz Allen or client site facility.
  • If this position is listed as onsite, you’ll work with colleagues and clients in person, as needed for the specific role.

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