Microbiology/Virology Technician

Battelle - Columbus, OH3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $39,000 - $52,000 a year
Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking a Microbiology/Virology Technician. This position is located in West Jefferson, OH. This position is Monday through Friday and will work occasional overtime on nights and weekends; schedule may include holidays.

Job Description

Provide technical support for microbiology and virology-related activities for projects which may include but not limited to: working with biological materials in Biological Safety Level 2 and Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory; support and conduct in vivo pathogenicity/toxicity studies; perform standard microbiological procedures; perform growth, characterization, and enumeration of bacterial cultures; perform standard viral assays such as plaque assay, hemagglutination assay, and plaque reduction neutralization assays; decontaminate equipment and materials; perform blood processing; maintain mammalian, viral, and bacterial cell cultures; understand and perform dilutions including mathematical calculations involved; prepare reagents; contribute to the development and validation of equipment and biological assays; handle toxic materials; order supplies; maintaining appropriate documentation; proficiency to read, understand, write, and execute study protocols, methods, and SOPs; participate in writing study reports and publications; and have the ability to work independently and effectively in a team environment.
Recognize when technical operations deviate from accepted practices.
Provide input to supervisor on planning personal daily/weekly/monthly work schedule and training schedule to optimize time and development of technical skills.
Read SOPs, methods, facility guidelines, etc. used in workplace in a timely manner and adhere to these procedures.
Use proper technique to operate necessary equipment to produce high quality data. Operate routine computer programs and perform basic data manipulation in a spreadsheet environment. Set up, validate, and operate laboratory equipment and software. Ensure that all equipment used for studies is routinely maintained and/or calibrated.
Perform experiments using ratios, percentages, linear regression algorithms, and other basic mathematical and scientific principles. Organize and interpret scientific data.
Conduct Quality Control and Technical reviews of study data.
Ensure that the proper solutions are prepared, that solutions and reagents are not beyond their expiration date, and that the proper paperwork is maintained. Be responsible for ordering reagents, supplies, and equipment. Organize, clean, and maintain the facility laboratories in accordance with GLP and ISO guidelines.
Display an interest in developing job skills and in gaining additional expertise through training and/or educational study.
Maintain a good work attendance record and be punctual for all project work.
Adhere to all laboratory safety requirements.

The Following is Required to be Considered for this Position:
Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, or other related field and at least 1 years' experience in a laboratory setting.
Ability to frequently bend, stoop, and lift heavy items.
Must be a US citizen.
Ability to obtain/maintain certification in Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (NACLC required) and/or Biological Personnel Reliability Program (Single Scope Background Investigation required for entry- this is background investigation performed for DoD TOP SECRET clearances), and Biological Suitability Assessment Program.
Ability to obtain/maintain DoJ Security Risk Assessment (SRA) approval.
Ability to obtain/maintain CDC approval to work with BSAT material.
Must be willing to work in a biosafety level 2 (BSL2) and/or 3 (BSL3) (biocontainment) environment and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection.
Must be willing to be immunized with FDA licensed vaccines and Investigational New Drugs (IND) recommended for persons at risk to occupational exposure of biological agents
Must be willing to participate in random drug screening
Respond appropriately to various alarms and potential emergency situations.
Must be willing and able to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours.
Newly hired employees are subject to a 90 day introductory period, during which their performance is evaluated by supervision.
The Following is Desired, but not Required, to be Considered for this Position:

Preference will be given to candidates with 2+ years of experience post education
Experience working in a BL-2 or BL-3 laboratory and those with knowledge or training in FDA Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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