KBR is seeking a Support Scientist to conduct biological research associated with one or more complex projects within the NASA Ames Research Center’s Bioengineering Branch. Primary focus will be on research in the fields of synthetic biology, space biosciences, and crew health. The ideal candidate will perform scientific tasks associated with the development, testing, and utilization of spaceflight hardware and provide support for experiments conducted on the International Space Station.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
· Perform scientific work involving rigorous studies of biological systems designed to operate in reduced gravity and/or other space conditions.
· Contribute to development of organisms and systems capable of producing mission-relevant compounds such as nutritional compounds, pharmaceuticals, chemicals/polymers, fuels, and binding agents.
· Generate, analyze, and compile experimental data.
· Collaborate with other scientists in generating research proposals and publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals.
· Support operation of multiple biological laboratories and upkeep/calibration of laboratory equipment.
· Maintain a safe and organized laboratory area.
· Perform general laboratory maintenance activities including scheduled waste removal and decontamination of surfaces.
· Carry out assigned duties in a manner consistent with defined safety policies and report any safety incidents, potential hazards, or close calls. Assist with identifying and eliminating any unsafe conditions.
· Communicate with vendors as needed to support laboratory purchasing and inventory management, coordinate technical specifications, and obtain price quotes.
Bachelor’s from an accredited university in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, or a related field of study and 0-2 years of experience.
· Laboratory experience in molecular biology, microbiology, and/or genetic engineering of microorganisms.
· Familiarity with best practices for working with hazardous materials and willingness to adhere to NASA-defined processes.
· Ability to communicate effectively with scientists and engineers from a wide range of technical backgrounds.
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
· Capacity to work independently with minimal instruction.
· Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
Desired Education, Experience, Skills or Training:
Master’s degree from an accredited university in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, or a related field of study.