PAE, Inc Senior Microbiologist in Charlottesville, Virginia

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Senior Microbiologist

This is a contingent position.

PAE is currently seeking Senior Microbiologists based in Charlottesville, VA. May be required to travel OCONUS (as needed). Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Duties may be executed in a CONUS or OCONUS laboratory and include performing analyses of samples that have been collected

  • Develop new methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities and improve/solve existing method deficiencies

  • Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Review, evaluate, and analyze data from samples and provide database entry support

  • Experience and/or knowledge of emerging technologies for biological threat agent analysis

  • Lead and support research and development and method development efforts (including laboratory work as needed)

  • Develop or assist in developing experimental designs and test plans

  • Provide training on molecular biology and/or microbiology topics including sample collection/analysis/threat-agent production to Junior staff

  • Identify and research new and emerging technologies for biological threat agent analysis, and provide recommendations on platforms or instrumentation regarding their suitability for specific needs

  • Understanding and knowledge of current and emerging bioanalytical tools and techniques

  • Collect potential microbial or biological threat DNA samples from materials using approved procedures designed to minimize the possibility of sample contamination

  • All samples shall be properly packaged, marked and stored in preparation for extraction

  • Generate DNA sequences from biological materials

  • Analyze and interpret data

  • Experience and expertise in using, maintaining, and troubleshooting the following types of equipment and instrumentation:

  • Next-generation sequencers

  • Thermocyclers

  • Fluorescent-based detection systems

  • Robotic systems for sample preparation and extraction

  • Ensure a proper chain of custody for all materials and samples is maintained

  • Maintain a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with laboratory procedures

  • Must possess, at a minimum, intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in science (e.g., biology, biochemistry, microbiology, clinical laboratory sciences, genetics, microbial ecology, microbial genomics, molecular biology, or forensics) coupled with 10 years directly relatable experience OR a Master’s degree


A Master’s degree with 5 years of directly relatable experience OR a Ph.D

  • 5 years of experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC) environment

  • Must be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment, as needed

  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment

  • Experience working in a microbiology, biology, clinical, genetics, or forensic laboratory performing analysis of biological samples, including sequencing

  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment.

  • Currently have an active DoD Secret security clearance

  • U.S. citizenship

  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport

Desired Qualifications:

  • Deployed experience in an analytical/operational environment

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s 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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