Lead Biologist

Job Locations US-VA-Manassas
Role Type
ATCC Federal Solutions - IRR
Job ID
Scientific Background
Cell Biology, Molecular Biology


The Lead Biologist is responsible for playing a lead role in the production of biological materials and processes. Taking a lead role, they participate and coordinate in the documentation and assembly of batch records of production orders.  They collect and report on data and findings.


The Lead Biologist determines methods for monitoring laboratory supplies, equipment, and cleanliness. They handle complex issues where analysis of data requires evaluation of variable factors. The Lead Biologist resolves a wide range of issues in effective ways. They exercise judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining solutions.


  1. Collect and analyze complex data, make detailed observations, and interpret results. Test, validate, and document results neatly and accurately in notebooks, batch records and databases.
  2. Document, present, and draw meaningful conclusions of research findings to help inform and support difficult decisions. Fill in for supervisor in attending meetings, as needed.
  3. Investigate, create, and develop new methods and technologies for project advancement.
  4. Lead laboratory operations by determining methods for ordering, monitoring, and reporting on department supply levels, monitoring equipment functionality and cleaning laboratory equipment.
  5. Remain current and in advance of biology research methods, techniques, and developments.
  6. Lead, guide, and coordinate the work of laboratory staff within assigned projects. Prepare for internal and external audits.
  7. Complete and assemble production batch records. 


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and 8 or more years' experience, including 0-2 years' supervisory experience or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in complex lab skills and safety procedures including proper handling of chemicals and/or biologicals.
  • Experience with rotavirus and influenza virus preferred.
  • Experience with molecular assays preferred. 
  • Experience working with adherent cell cultures preferred.  

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a team. 
  • Advance computer skills including expertise in the appropriate fields of ATCC’s ERP system.
  • Serves as a technical expert within virology discipline.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to lead others in the attainment of program goals and objectives.
  • Maintains accurate records.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities and ability to function in a team environment.
  • Demonstrates aseptic techniques appropriate to assigned discipline.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and make good decisions.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities of a complex nature, simultaneously.

Other Duties:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge. 


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


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