In-Vitro Assay/Microbiology Technician

  • Battelle
  • Columbus, OH 43201
  • 6 days ago


Job Description

Battelle delivers when others can’t.

We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients—whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Battelle is currently seeking an In-Vitro Assay/Microbiology Technician.

This position is located in West Jefferson, OH.

Job Summary

Battelle’s Biomedical Research Center is currently seeking an In-Vitro Assay/Microbiology Technician.

This position will provide technical support for performing standard and complex in-vitro assays to include, but not limited to PCR, ELISA, and cell-based assays as well as other in-vitro related activities.

This position is Monday through Friday and will work occasional overtime on nights and weekends; schedule may include holidays.



Work with highly hazardous biological/toxic materials in Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL-2) and Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratories.

Conducting assays on samples collected from in vivo pathogenicity/efficacy/toxicity studies as well as human clinical samples.

Some assays include: bacterial enumeration, viral assays, ELISA, PCR, nucleic acid isolation, and flow cytometry.

Perform routine blood and tissue processing.

Prepare reagents.

Contributing to the development and validation of equipment and biological assays.

Understanding and performing dilutions including mathematical calculations involved.

Decontaminating equipment and materials.

Maintaining mammalian, viral, and bacterial cell cultures.


Act as lab technical point of contact.

Laboratory cleaning and upkeep.

Supply inventory, ordering and receipt.

Waste management, operation of autoclaves, preparation of bleach and other decontamination solutions.

Use proper technique to operate necessary equipment to produce high quality data.

Perform routine maintenance and/or calibration of equipment as necessary.

Prepare, maintain, and archive equipment logbooks.

Use electronic databases for sample tracking.

Operate routine computer programs and perform basic data manipulation in a spreadsheet environment.

Set up, validate, and operate laboratory equipment and software.


Read SOPs, methods, facility guidelines, etc. used in workplace in a timely manner and adhere to these procedures.

Perform timely quality control and/or technical review of electronic and/or paper data.

Create and maintain study files in accordance with standard operating procedures, protocol, quality requirements and client specifications.

Prepare and submit study files and forms to Quality Control or Quality Assurance.

Recognize when technical operations deviate from accepted practices and prepare deviation reports as needed.

Report observations/problems clearly and concisely, recognizing and highlighting specific deviations.

Adhere to all laboratory safety requirements.


Train and guide less experienced staff on specific tasks.

Serve as technical co-lead on portions of studies.

Work independently and efficiently in a team environment.


Works on assignments that are semi-routine in nature where ability to recognize deviation from accepted practice is required.

Exhibits sufficient technical knowledge to perform routine assignments.

Demonstrated ability to operate basic equipment and follow standard procedures.

Performs routine specified analysis of data.

Verifies the accuracy, applicability, and reasonableness of project work.

Is encouraged to make recommendations but has limited discretion when making judgments and completing tasks.

Conducts standard as well as non-standard tasks under close supervision and guidance of more experienced staff.

Keeps supervisor informed regularly on status of work.

Key Qualifications

Associate degree in microbiology/molecular biology plus 1 years’ experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field.

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Must be a US citizen.

Current certification in the Biological Suitability Assessment Program (BSAP).

Current DoJ Security Risk Assessment (SRA) approval.

Current CDC approval to work with BSAT material.

Experience working in a BSL3 environment.

Must be willing to work in a biosafety level 2 (BSL2) and 3 (BSL3) (biocontainment) environment and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection.

Must be willing to be immunized with FDA licensed vaccines and Investigational New Drugs (IND) recommended for persons at risk to occupational exposure of biological agents.

Must be willing to participate in random drug screening.

Respond appropriately to various alarms and potential emergency situations.

Sufficiently medically fit to do work in a lab wearing appropriate respiratory equipment and perform all assigned duties.

Ability to work night, weekend, and holiday hours.

Newly hired employees are subject to a 90 day Introductory Period, during which their performance is evaluated by supervision.

Benefits: Live an Extraordinary Life We care about your well-being, not just on the job.

Battelle offers comprehensive and competitive benefits to help you live your best life.

Balance life through a compressed work schedule: Most of our team follows a flexible, compressed work schedule that allows for every other Friday off—giving you a dedicated day to accomplish things in your personal life without using vacation time.

Take time to recharge: You get paid time off to support work-life balance and keep motivated.

Prioritize wellness: Stay healthy with medical, dental, and vision coverage with wellness incentives and benefits plus a variety of optional supplemental benefits.

Better together: Coverage for partners, gender-affirming care and health support, and family formation support.

Build your financial future: Build financial stability with an industry-leading 401(k) retirement savings plan.

For most employees, we put in 5 percent whether you contribute or not, and match your contributions on top of that.

Advance your education: Tuition assistance is available to pursue higher education.

Flexible work arrangements: You have options for where you work and when you work.

A Work Environment Where You Succeed For brilliant minds in science, technology, engineering and business operations, Battelle is the place to do the greatest good by solving humanity’s most pressing challenges and creating a safer, healthier and more secure world.

You will have the opportunity to thrive in a culture that inspires you to:

Apply your talent to challenging and meaningful projects

Receive select funding to pursue ideas in scientific and technological discovery

Collaborate with world-class experts in an inclusive environment

Nurture and develop the next generation of scientific leaders

Give back to and improve our communities

Vaccinations & Safety Protocols

Battelle may require employees, based on job duties, work location, and/or its clients’ requirements to follow certain safety protocols and to be vaccinated against a variety of viruses, bacteria, and diseases as a condition of employment and continued employment and to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated.

If applicable, Battelle will provide reasonable accommodations based on a qualified disability or medical condition through the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act or for a sincerely held religious belief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and related state laws).

Battelle is an equal opportunity employer.

We provide employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law.

Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives.

We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.

They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members.

No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.

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