Full Job Description
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
How to Apply
Components of the online application are as follows:
Educational and Employment History
Essay Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the opportunity)
Transcripts/Academic Records -
Recommendation - 1 required
Submitted documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system. If you have questions, send an email to ARMY-RDECOM@orise.orau.gov . Please list the reference code of this opportunity in the subject line of the email. All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command - Chemical Biological Center (CCDC-CBC) serves as the Department of Defense's primary technical organization for non-medical chemical and biological defense capabilities for the U.S. Military. The directorate specializes in engineering, technical and acquisition capabilities that bring solutions from concept to development—through design, prototyping, and experimentation to full-service chemical and biological testing, fielding, training, and sustainment. CCDC-CBC at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, provides an extraordinary capability against emerging biological and chemical threats by merging intelligence assessments with its world-renowned chemistry, biology, physiology, and engineering expertise at every stage of the acquisition life cycle. Providing a unique blend of distinguished scientists and engineers for research and development of innovative technological solutions, CCDC-CBC's mission is to solve chemical and biological defense threats to our nation—both abroad and on the homeland.
The Chemical Biological Center's BioSciences Division and BioDefense Branch supports a diverse base of research topics that include pathogen studies, toxic small molecules, sensor and assay development/ evaluation, identification, decontamination, and detection of biologically and/or chemically derived materials. As an ORISE participant, you will take part in the evaluation, characterization, and development of novel disinfection, decontamination, and detection technologies using R & D test methods to evaluate the efficacy of EPA-registered antimicrobial products for various customers. Such technologies' effectiveness shall involve the use of a wide range of BSL2 non-pathogenic Biological Warfare simulants and surrogates, including inactivated spores of Bacillus anthracis, vegetative cells, fungi, and viruses, including bacteriophage and SARS-CoV-2, added to a variety of surfaces and analyzed using various decontamination strategies. The research during your appointment will include performing cell culture for viral propagation, determining viral titers, plaque assays, and standard microbiological techniques. Under the direction of a mentor, you will collect and analyze primary data and use data-capture forms and make a preliminary assessment of the log reduction estimations to determine decontaminant efficiency. During the duration of your appointment, you will gain additional knowledge and skills in the following areas:
Performing molecular biology techniques, including PCR, cloning, and qRT-PCR.
Culture and maintain cell lines and primary cell cultures.
Collaboratively plan, develop, and implement experiments and protocols.
Troubleshooting assays and adjust scientific methodology to correct problems or deficiencies in a research project, experiment, or trial.
Maintaining thorough and complete government-owned records of experiments, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and data in hard copy laboratory notebooks and electronic versions made available to the PI and other individuals in the laboratory.
Preparing results and work with the PI to write and edit publications for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Summarizing progress for presentation at Laboratory and Division meetings and research conferences.
This appointment is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USACCBC. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
Training and Travel Allowance
Nature of Appointment
The Participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
An ideal candidate will have:
Executed basic and advanced laboratory procedures such as cell culture, RNA/DNA extraction and PCR, and virological assays.
Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of maintaining accurate and detailed records.
Demonstrated knowledge of proper laboratory disposal methods and safety procedures.
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
Degree: Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
Environmental and Marine Sciences
Life Health and Medical Sciences
Age: Must be 18 years of age
Veteran Status: Veterans Preference, degree received within the last 120 month(s).