Senior Scientist - Frederick, MD

  • Parsons Corporation
  • Frederick, MD, USA
  • Oct 12, 2020
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Senior Scientist (Molecular Diagnostics Department) – Position Description


Ready to put your scientific expertise to work in detecting bio-threat agents domestically and across the globe? We are seeking a Senior Scientist to support and facilitate biological research for the rapid detection of infectious diseases of global importance and the enhancement of global disease surveillance for early pathogen detection and response.  This position resides at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD and will support the Biological Defense Research Directorate (BDRD) in the Molecular Diagnostics department.


Experience and Responsibilities: 

  • 10 years of practical post-doctoral research in molecular biology is considered essential

  • Must possess a practical knowledge of basic and applied research, including experimental design and methods, and must have demonstrated the ability to perform original and competent research

  • Must demonstrate the ability to manage a multi-million dollar research program including projects from multiple funding sponsors

  • Experience must include expertise in formulation and management of budgets, writing proposals and reports, working with domestic and international collaborators, presenting research to diverse audiences, and training scientific staff

  • At least 10 years of deep experience in the field of biodefense to include molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, the development and production of nucleic acid-based assays, and platform evaluation

  • Must be a subject matter expert in methods for the detection of biological weapons and must have knowledge and experience in conducting laboratory and field-based testing of unknown samples, to include a deep understanding of Federal and DoD bio-surveillance and bio-threat agent detection programs

  • Must have experience managing an ISO Guide 34 Quality Management System and hands-on experience working with BSAT in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories

  • Must have an active Top Secret security clearance

  • Must be able to pass all criteria for enrollment in a BPRP, to include random drug screening



  • Ph.D. in a biological science field