Laboratory Scientist*

Phoenix, AZ
Federal Civilian – Biological Science /
Full Time /
This position will be responsible for performing non-research molecular testing to rapidly identify and characterize potential biological threat agents. Ensures incoming environmental samples are triaged and processed while maintaining chain of custody. Following standard protocols and quality assurance requirements, performs and interprets a variety of specialized tests for detection and identification of pathogens.
Completes documentation, prepares reports, answers questions, troubleshoots, and makes recommendations to the supervisor for inclusion in comprehensive reports. Maintains and operates equipment and instruments, including performing calibrations and adjustments, properly and in a safe manner. Safely handles various biological materials, including biohazardous waste. Participates in training as required. Additionally, will be responsible for maintaining knowledge and skills related to position and program. 
Routine lab operations are 7/365 and team members take turns working weekends and holidays.  During a biothreat emergency, 24-hour coverage of lab operations is needed, and extended work hours and alternative shift work may be required. 


    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in microbiology, molecular biology, or related course work in biological sciences 
    • REQUIRES at least one year of laboratory bench experience, utilizing PCR, aseptic techniques and experience with biological assays.
    • Laboratory training that is assigned or accompanies an associated course is not considered applicable training.
    • Biological Safety Level (BSL)-3 experience is desirable.
    • This position supports a Federal contract which requires that all employees and job applicants hold valid US Citizenship or are lawfully admitted for permanent US residence as evidenced by a current Permanent Resident Card (USCIS – I-551).  

About A-TEK, Inc.
Headquartered in McLean, VA, A-TEK is comprised of a team of experts in managing the data that drives federal missions. With employees in 13 states, and a 26-year partner to U.S. government agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DoJ), and the Department of Commerce (DoC). We deliver IT services and solutions coupled with a scientific capability across a myriad of government mission areas including public health, law enforcement, national security, environmental, and science. 
A-TEK, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or Vietnam era or other protected Veteran status.