PAE, Inc Biological Scientist in Richmond, Virginia

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Biological Scientist

Biological Scientist

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This position supports a Federal contract which requires that all employees and job applicants hold a valid Green Card or US Citizenship at the time of application. Individual selected will be subject to a background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to sensitive information and may be required to undergo Select Agent Registration.


This position will be responsible for performing non-research molecular testing to rapidly identify and characterize potential pathogenic bacterial and viral threat agents. Ensures incoming biological samples are processed and triaged maintaining chain of custody. Performs and interprets a variety of specialized tests and strains, detection, and identification of pathogenic microorganisms. Prepares written and oral reports, answers questions, troubleshoot and makes recommendations to the supervisor for inclusion in comprehensive reports on test findings. Maintains and operates equipment including performing calibrations, adjustments, and to operate equipment and instruments properly and in a safe manner. Participates in cross training related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Additionally, will be responsible for maintaining knowledge and skills related to position and program and to carry out all procedures in accordance to proper handling and storage of various biological materials. Must be available 24/7/365 to respond in case of emergency. Rotating weekends and some holidays are required.


  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. from an accredited university in microbiology, molecular biology or related course work in biological sciences.

  • REQUIRES more than one year of recent post-graduate laboratory bench experience to include frequent and regular utilization of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, aseptic techniques and biological assays.

  • Requires at least one year of experience serving as a Senior Scientist or Team Leader of a laboratory team/project.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university requires four years of laboratory bench experience to include frequent and regular utilization of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, aseptic techniques and biological assays, including at least one year of experience as a Team Leader/Senior Scientist (total of four years’ experience).

  • BSL-2 and BSL-3 experience is highly desirable.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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