Bennett Aerospace

  • Research Scientist

    Job Locations US-MS-Vicksburg
    Posted Date 3 months ago(4/26/2018 11:07 AM)
    # of Openings
  • 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 AerospaceInc. has an opening for a highly motivated Research Scientist to support the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Environmental Laboratory (EL), Environmental Processes Branch (EP-P) Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Team (EGSB) in execution of its mission. 


    Job Description:


    The successful candidate will shall provide technical support and research to conduct genomic, genetic and molecular biology studies related to specific environmental problems.  Because much, though not all, of studies executed by this research group incorporate molecular genomic techniques and concepts, the ability to work with DNA and RNA from diverse sources including multiple animal and plant species; conduct DNA/RNA sequence data processing; and execute standard molecular biology techniques will be essential skills for contractors involved in laboratory operations.  Given the requirement of advanced laboratory techniques and the need for execution of complex research and development tasks, we have the need for the following experience:  (1) a MS degree with experience in the molecular biological processes involved in RNA fixation, RNA quantity / quality assessment, DNA fixation DNA quality / quantity assessment, genomics, gene expression assays, cDNA library preparation, next-generation nucleic acid sequencing, transfection procedures, molecular cloning, gene-target identification, enzyme quantification assays, various cell-free and in vitro assays, PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, and additional genomics-related techniques.


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    • Perform diverse tasks in support of genomic and systems biology research.


    • Specific tasks shall include support of necropsy in test animals to harvest tissues needed for further genetic/genomic testing and perform fixation protocols to stabilize nucleic acids in each tissue. Extract RNA and/or DNA from tissues and conduct quality control analysis using nano-spectrophotometer and micro-capillary gel electrophoresis assessments. 


    • Perform various molecular biological procedures supporting gene expression analysis including: (1) polymerase chain reaction (PCR), (2) cDNA library preparation, (3) DNA / cDNA sequencing, (4) microarray hybridizations, and (4) quantitative reverse-transcriptase PCR (RT-qPCR), (5) enzyme quantification assays, (6) in vitro assays supporting validation of affected cell signaling and/or metabolic pathways.


    • Collect and prepare zebrafish embryos for embryo toxicity testing.


    • Perform assessment of zebrafish embryo development by using an inverted microscope to quantify various metrics of embryo viability and physiology.


    • Ferment mutant bacteriophage, mass amplify viral particles, and conduct viral purification, precipitation, and quantification resulting in a phage film assembly.


    • Provide primary analysis of data generated from the various assays described above including basic quality control assessments, results consolidation, and basic statistical analysis of results.
    • Finally, provide an organized archive of all data and laboratory notes generated during execution of laboratory experiments and tests.


    • Follow the laboratory’s standard genomic protocols for sample preparation and analysis using kits for DNA and RNA extraction from biological samples, PCR, qPCR, microarray hybridization, mRNA sequence quantification (RNAseq), and phage film assembly.


    • Execute necropsy of test animals to harvest tissues for genetic testing utilizing genomic approaches including sample preservation, sample preparation, extraction of DNA and RNA from biological samples, PCR, qPCR, microarray analyses and sequencing.


    • Maintain records of laboratory data including both laboratory notebooks and electronic media such as spreadsheets.


    • Provide primary analysis of data including basic quality control assessments, results consolidation, and basic statistical analysis of results.


    • Handling of Radioactive Materials
    • Radiation Safety
    • Chemical Safety
    • NIH Based Laboratory Safety Training
    • NIH Blood Borne Pathogen Training


    • Perform data management for individual projects to include:
      • Maintenance of laboratory and field experiment databases.
      • Maintain maintenance and performance record for all laboratory and field equipment.
      • Maintain records of laboratory safety inspections.


    • Maintain inventory of materials to be used for each project to insure timely execution laboratory tasks and quality assurance of deliverables.


    • Deliverables: Quarterly status reports detailing status of subtask accomplishments including problems encountered. 


    • Medical Monitoring: Shall be prepared to complete medical monitoring (once per year) as follows in connection with handling in vitro human cell samples as part of the work described above:


    • Hepatitis vaccinations or titers
    • HIV testing
    • SMA 21 screen and evaluation
    • CBC with Differential screen and evaluation
    • Auditory evaluation
    • Complete ophthalmologic exam
    • Animal Care Use Program Medical Questionnaire


    • Training: Training is required by the Department of Defense, the Army, and the ERDC for contractors to be onsite.  Additional training required for the work above is listed below:


    • Laboratory Quality Control and Quality Assurance
    • Handling of Explosives
    • Explosives Safety


    Education and Experience:

    • Scientist with Masters Degree and a combination of five years of experience and education in the areas of genomic, genetic or molecular biology studies.

    Travel Requirements:

    • Nonlocal travel not expected.


    Security Requirements:

    • Must be able to pass a background security screening

    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.


    • 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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