Clinical Research Scientist- Biological Safety

Clearance Level
San Antonio, Texas

REQ#: RQ133409

Travel Required: None
Public Trust: NACLC (T3)
Requisition Type: Regular

GDIT's Military Health Team is hiring a Clinical Research Scientist (Biological Safe) to the 59th Medical Wing (59 MDW) located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The 59th Medical Wing Science and Technology (ST) office advises and conducts clinical and translational research on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the Air Expeditionary Force and the health of Air Force (AF) personnel and beneficiaries. In order to support the required research, ST offices conduct translational research in the areas of emergency medical care, combat casualty care, force health protection, restorative medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine and specialty centers. Learn more HERE

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Performs duties under the direction and guidance of the 59 MDW Chief Scientist, the 59 MDW Institutional Biosafety Committee Chair/Vice-Chair, and/or the 59 MDW Biological Safety Officer for biomedical research laboratories. 
  • Responsible for understanding and interpreting national and DoD policies, standards and guidelines regarding biological safety and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids in research, as related to the conduct of human subjects, animal, and bench research within the 59th Medical Wing, and advising 59 MDW/ST leadership on the optimal implementation of policies, standards and guidelines. 
  • In accordance with national and DoD policies, standards and guidelines, develops policy documents establishing a 59 MDW/ST biological safety program, to include (but not limited to) applicability and scope of program, roles and responsibilities, minimum standards of practice, principles of risk assessment and mitigation, training requirements, internal inspection requirements, mishap response, material transfer, and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. 
  • Develops and/or finalizes a 59 MDW/ST biological safety manual that establishes standardized procedures and practices for laboratory facilities and conduct of protocols involving infectious agents and toxins (IATs), other potentially infectious material (OPIM), and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids, in accordance with national and DoD policy, standards and guidelines.   
  • Designs standardized standard operating procedure (SOP) templates.  Completes standardized SOPs for procedures common to multiple laboratories within 59 MDW/ST.  Transfers existing procedures to standardized templates.
  • Develops charter, policies, procedures and administrative forms and templates for a full-scope Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).  “Full-scope” denotes Committee consideration of activities involving IATs, OPIMs (as appropriate), and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids in human subjects, animal and bench research.
  • Develops risk assessment and hazard mitigation procedures and templates.
  • Establishes procedures and minimum requirements for coordination of IBC review and approval with 59 MDW Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee consideration.
  • Develops/identifies minimum training requirements and resources.  Conducts initial training and continuing education as required.
  • Incumbent regularly coordinates draft policy, procedure and training development with 59 MDW/ST Directors, laboratory directors/branch chiefs, and other biomedical laboratory stakeholders.  Adjudicates inputs and recommendations in accordance with guidance from assigned advisor. 
  • Collects, sorts, files, and maintains all paper and electronic documents related to duties. 
  • Identifies delays and other shortcomings in meeting objectives and develops a contingency plan as required.
  • Communicates and provides information during any sponsored Contracting Officer Representative (COR) site visit.
  • Conducts other duties as required.

What You'll Need (required):

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline, preferably in laboratory sciences. This should include coursework in general biology, microbiology, epidemiology, or pathogenic microbiology.  
  • 3+ years of experience in biosafety implementation and/or management at BSL-2, ABSL-2, or higher work setting where IAT were used, handled, transported, transferred, stored, and disposed.
  • Experience with hands-on application of methods for biological safety program implementation to safely control IAT in research, clinical, production, testing, or educational organizations in a BSL-2, ABSL-2, or higher work setting.
  • Experience performing and enforcing evidence-based safe laboratory practices, procedures, and proper use of containment equipment and facilities in a BSL-2, ABSL-2, or higher work setting.
  • Experience with oversight and implementation of policies and procedures to prevent injury, infection, and death of employees and the public, as well as prevention of environmental contamination.
  • Understanding of federal, State, and local regulations and guidelines.
  • Completion of biological safety training, to include risk management.
  • Shall have and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. 
  • Intermediate+ experience with Microsoft Office applications including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • IATA training must be successfully completed within 6 months of hire
  • Must successfully complete CITI biological safety training, as determined by the 59 MDW Chief Scientist. 
  • US citizenship with the ability to pass a favorable T3 security investigation.

What Would Be Even Better (preferred):

  • Master’s degree in basic/laboratory science strongly, preferred.
  • Experience in recombine and /synthetic nucleic acid biosafety, preferred.
  • Recognized professional credentials, such as the Certified Biological Safety Professional or a Registered Biosafety Professional, preferred.

What GDIT Can Offer You: 

  • Challenging work that makes a real impact on the world around you  
  • Internal mobility team dedicated to helping you own your career 
  • 401K with company match 
  • Diverse, highly collaborative teams 






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