Bennett Aerospace

  • Research Scientist

    Job Locations US-MS-Vicksburg
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(4/26/2018 11:07 AM)
    ID
    2018-1582
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Science/Research
  • Overview

    About Us:

     

    Bennett Aerospace, Inc. is located in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.  Established in 2008, we are a woman owned, veteran owned, certified 8(a) small business that provides scientific, engineering, and technical advisory services to our customers. Primarily focused on Federal Government clients in general, and the Department of Defense in particular, Bennett Aerospace provides expert guidance and advice on the full spectrum of R&D and its applications in engineering, science, medicine, and IT, as well as providing strategic programmatic support in order to meet customer goals and objectives.  Bennett Aerospace is a rapidly growing business focused on hiring and retaining the best people.

     

    Bennett Aerospace, Inc. has an *immediate* opening for a highly motivated Research Scientist for the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Environmental Processes Branch (EP-P) Microbiology team in execution of its mission in Vicksburg, MS. 

     

    Job Description:

     

    The successful candidate will have the appropriate scientific expertise to provide all labor and expertise needed to plan and conduct laboratory studies utilizing molecular microbiological and genomic approaches combined with traditional microbial and analytical biochemical approaches to provide a fundamental understanding of microbial circuit design and function.

     

     

    To learn more about us, please visit us at:  www.bennettaerospace.com

    Responsibilities

    Core duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned

    • Maintain inventories of waste generated and stored prior to disposal. Assure that all containers are properly labeled and properly stored.
    • Perform data management for individual projects
    • Maintenance of laboratory and field experiment databases.
    • Maintain maintenance and performance record for all laboratory and field equipment.
    • Maintain records of laboratory safety inspections
    • Isolate genomic DNA, Sequence PCR amplicons using the MiSeq sequencer for determination of DNA methylation and histone modification at select loci.
    • Analyze validated genes and their genomic loci.
    • Prepare samples for next-generation sequencing.
    • Isolate genomic DNA, Sequence PCR amplicons using the MiSeq sequencer for determination of DNA methylation and histone modification at select loci.
    • Establish experimental protocols of CRISPR/Cas9 technology using a guide RNA (gRNA) and the nuclease Cas9 to trim off, depress, or activate target genes.
    • Analyze validated genes and their genomic loci.
    • Prepare samples for next-generation sequencing.
    • Treat genomic DNA with bisulfite to convert unmethylated cytosines to uracil.
    • Design primers to amplify discrete genomic regions in the converted DNA samples.
    • Prepare PCR amplicons to be sequenced using the inhouse Illujina MiSeq sequencer.
    • Align sequencing reads to reference genome to determine the frequencies of methylated vs unmethylated cytosines at distinct loci.
    • Use chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled with ChIP-seq to identify genomic loci of histone modification.
    • Synthesize and inject conserved and functionally-characterized srRNAs or their antisense sequences into multiple strains of cyanobacteria to confirm growth inhibition.
    • Conduct simulation experiments to test, modify, and compare the delivery efficiency of electroporation, sonoporation, and photoporation methods.
    • Perform a pre-treatment survey of the HAB-affected area and identify the cyanobaterial species. Develop PCR assays to amplify the chosen srRNA genes in the cyanobacterium.  Sequence the species-specific srRNA. 
    • Maintain laboratory cleanliness and wash any laboratory glassware.
    • Provide all pertinent descriptive information for disposal of wastes such as soils, sediments, hazardous and radioactive materials. Maintain disposal records.
    • Maintain inventories of waste generated and stored prior to disposal. Assure that all containers are properly labeled and properly stored.
    • Maintain records of laboratory safety inspections.

    Qualifications

    Job Requirements

     

    Education and Experience:

     

    Master’s degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biological science, or biochemistry preferably with 5 years experience  demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and expertise to work with tissue collection, fixation and storage, DNA/RNA extraction and quantity/quality assessment, gene expression microarray assays, DNA synthesis, sequencing library preparation, next-generation nucleic acid sequencing, gene transformation and cloning, gene-target identification, restriction enzyme digestion, enzyme quantification assays, various cell-free and in vitro assays, PCR, qPCR, RT0qPCR, embryonic or single cell microinjections, gene editing, gene silencing, targeted DNA methylation and chromatin immunoprecipitation as well as isolate genomic DNA, Sequence PCR amplicons using the MiSeq sequencer for determination of DNA methylation and histone modification at select loci, analyze validated genes and their genomic loci, and prepare samples for next-generation sequencing.

     

    Preferred Training and Experience:

    • Laboratory Quality Control and Quality Assurance
    • Handling of Explosives
    • Explosives Safety
    • Handling of Radioactive Materials
    • Radiation Safety
    • Chemical Safety
    • Hazwoper or an 8 hour Hazwoper refresh training

    Travel Requirements:

    • Non local travel to attend meetings within the government and with project stakeholders may be required

    Medical Screening Requirements:

    Must be able to complete the following in connection with the job duties and responsibilities:

    • SMA 21 screen and evaluation
    • CBC with Differential screen and evaluation
    • PCBs/Pesticides exposure screen and evaluation
    • Heavy metal screen and evaluation
    • Auditory evaluation
    • Complete ophthalmologic exam

     

    Security Requirements:

    • Must be able to pass a background security screening
    • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain a US Government security clearance

    Abilities and Skills:

    • Able to work with diverse technical and administrative teams and provide quality input and recommendations aimed at improving overall program success.
    • Must be articulate, adaptable, and able to work with a variety of research professionals in academia, government, and industry.
    • Strong intellectual interest in scientific and engineering disciplines;
    • Exceptionally Strong written and verbal English communication skills;
    • Able to initiate open discussion with internal and external customers to understand and troubleshoot problems; and
    • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and e-mail software. Expert in spreadsheet development, manipulation, and management.

    Compensation:

    • Competitive market-based salary, commensurate with experience and education
    • Comprehensive benefits package available

     

    About the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC):

     

    The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is one of the premier engineering and scientific research organizations in the world.  As the research organization of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC conducts R&D in support of the Soldier, military installations, and civil works projects (water resources, environmental missions, etc.) as well as for other federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industry through innovative work agreements.  ERDC research is developing innovative solutions for a safer, better world.

     

    ERDC labs collaborate to address R&D in four major areas:  Military Engineering; Geospatial Research and Engineering; Environmental Quality/Installations; and Civil Works/Water Resources.  ERDC has seven laboratories in four states:  Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Ill.; Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H.; Topographic Engineering Center in Alexandria, Va.; and the Coastal and Hydraulics, Geotechnical and Structures, Environmental, and Information Technology Laboratories in Vicksburg, Miss.  ERDC has a staff of approximately 2,500 federal employees and contractors, and an annual research program exceeding $1.1 billion.

     

    ERDC R&D focuses on five primary technical areas to support the Army and the Corps:

    • Warfighter Support – geospatial information; system development; operational support; force protection; and force projection and sustainment
    • Installations – transformation; operations; and environmental issues
    • Environment – remediation and restoration; land planning, stewardship and management; threatened and endangered species; and cultural resources
    • Water Resources – infrastructure, water resources, environmental issues, and navigation; and flood control and storm damage reduction
    • Information Technology – informatics; geospatial technologies; computational services; high-performance computing applications

     

    ERDC manages five major Department of Defense Supercomputer Resource Centers and hosts one of the centers at its Vicksburg site.  ERDC supercomputers are some of the most powerful and fastest in the world, with a capability of 1.3 quadrillion calculations per second (this capability will be enhanced to 3.5 quadrillion in June 2015).  Other unique and world-class facilities include the world’s most powerful centrifuge, blast effects facilities, physical models of river and coastal projects, endangered species laboratories, heavy vehicle simulators, hazardous waste research laboratories, frost and ice engineering facilities, and an 1800-foot coastal research pier.

     

    Even with state-of-the art facilities and cutting edge technologies, ERDC’s most impressive asset is its people – the expertise and education of its research team allows ERDC to provide solutions to our nation’s most complex challenges.  The ERDC staff includes more than 1,020 engineers and scientists, many with advanced degrees (32% hold doctorates and 45% hold master’s degrees).  ERDC outreach and partnering efforts result in numerous cooperative R&D agreements engaging leading experts from academia, private industry, and other agencies.

     

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

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