Bennett Aerospace

  • Research Scientist IV

    Job Locations US-MS-Vicksburg
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/4/2018 11:11 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 IV for the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Team Research and Development 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 to conduct genomic, genetic and molecular biology studies related to specific environmental problems.  Because much, though not all, of studies executed by this client and specifics research group incorporates 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 required by our employee who will support these laboratory operations. 


    The candidate will also perform diverse tasks in support of the development of novel platform technology for enhancing crop traits within a single growing season by delivering a modified virus to target plants by a mobile insect vector.


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


    • Execute tasks outlined in the Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) certification process to prepare the laboratory to be authenticated as BSL2 by the USDA in order to complete the requirements for ERDC EL EPP to receive an APHIS ePermits Account.
    • Ensuring that existing laboratory equipment and supplies meet the BSL2 requirements.
    • Identifying supplies and equipment needed to meet the BSL2 requirement.
    • Establishment of a BSL2 safety protocol.
    • Develop Hazard Communication Statements outlining risks associated with the agents used as needed for the research.
    • Execute tasks to identify, modify, and isolate viruses and insects.
    • Cultivate known and newly identified viruses to stably express proteins up to 200kDa in size.
    • Modify existing and newly identified DNA viruses to provide templates for editing plant genomes.
    • Identify isolates of insects that efficiently transmit RNA/DNA viruses.
    • Execute a demonstration experiment using the identified insects and virus and shall be responsible for writing some of the protocols, SOPs, and procedures of the demonstration.
    • Insects will be caged on source plant to acquire transgenic virus.
    • Viruliferous insects will be caged on mature plants.
    • Expression of transgene and system spread of virus shall be measured by RT-qPCR and Green Fluorescent Protein fluorescence under UV and will be monitored for two weeks.
    • Write sections of protocols, SOPs, identify testing materials needed, and provide a detailed description of the demonstration.
    • Will be responsible for handling and rearing insects in contained cages, rearing seedling plants in a growth chamber, and maintaining viruses.
    • Inoculate source plants with transgenic virus.
    • Perform PCR, RT-qPCR, sequencing, western blot, ELISA, and other analytical techniques and analyze data on transgenic and wildtype material.
    • Perform preparatory work for all experiments and shall ensure experimental methods can be replicated and performed according to protocol time schedules.
    • Document all results documenting technical competence and data quality for the experimental procedures and analytical measurements.
    • Provide weekly status reports to the research team, monthly status reports detailing status of subtask accomplishments including problems encountered and quarterly, a brief (<5 pages) technical report summarizing all experimental results and associated spreadsheets.


    Education and Experience:


    Master’s degree with 0 to 1 years of  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.


    Preferred Training and Experience or ability to take:

    • Laboratory Quality Control and Quality Assurance
    • Radiation Safety
    • Chemical Safety
    • NIH Based Laboratory Safety Training
    • NIH Blood Borne Pathogen 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
    • Auditory evaluation
    • Complete ophthalmologic exam
    • Animal Care Use Program Medical Questionnaire

    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.


    • 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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