**Minimum Clearance Required to Start:**
We are committed to solving the Military Health System's most
challenging health and operational readiness issues with the
world's best data-driven solutions. Our staff supports a myriad of
mission-critical science and technology projects for all military
Services, both in the U.S. and around the globe. Our core
competencies include Research and Program Management in the areas
of Infectious Diseases, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine,
Genomics-based Science, and Military Health, Performance, and
Recovery. Parsons Health: We are committed to using innovation to
drive the greatest value for our customers.
Parsons is seeking well qualified applicants for a Research
Assistant with the Genomics and Bioinformatics Department of the
Biological Defense Research Directorate (BDRD). Headquartered in
Fort Detrick, Maryland, BDRD is part of the Naval Medical Research
Center. Their mission is to apply bioinformatics and cutting edge,
high-throughput technologies such as genotypic and phenotypic
expression profiling, biomarker characterization, bacteriophage
science, etc. to the study of infectious diseases, biodefense, and
enhanced global disease surveillance for early pathogen detection
+ Provide practical knowledge of basic and applied research,
including experimental design and methods, and shall possess the
demonstrated ability to perform original and competent
+ Support research that conducts high throughput 'omics'
analyses of pathogens, near neighbors, and environmental samples,
to include biosurveillance, pathogen discovery, and biomarker
+ Utilize existing laboratory personnel and assets to provide
general laboratory support, including BSL-2 and BSL-3
+ Conduct validation studies and provide general laboratory
evaluations utilizing organisms of interest requiring BSL-2 and
+ Perform whole genome sequencing of samples using the MiSeq,
NextSeq500, Ion Torrent, or MinION platform as appropriate given
chemistry constraints and output desired, for bacteriophage and
other (bacterial host, etc.) genomes.
+ Contribute high quality reference sequences to improve the
+ Provide support in Probe/Primer design, assessment of
sensitivity and specificity, surveying pathogens in environments
and clinical samples.
+ Support whole genome sequencing of complex samples (e.g.
swabs, stool, etc.) and isolates using unbiased shotgun sequencing,
amplicon sequencing, enrichment sequencing and/or a combination of
approaches as required.
+ Testing and evaluation of new protocols to include; generation
of coding complete genomes using _in silico_ closure methods,
phylogenetic and molecular epidemiological analyses.
+ Preparation of data files and submission to databases as
+ Support verification and validation of countermeasures against
+ Securely store data files and provide final results to
customer, and if requested, raw data files.
+ Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, or relevant
+ Experience: 2 years (minimum) relevant experience in the field
+ Shall pass all criteria for Secret security clearance.
Must be able to obtain, maintain and/or currently possess a
Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to
diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected
Veteran/LGBTQ+. All qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to an individual's race, color,
religion, national origin, ethnicity, union affiliation, age, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy,
employable physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic
information, immigration status, or any other basis protected by
all applicable laws.