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Support Scientist 

About the Organization Bionetics is a government services contractor specializing in engineering and life sciences with locations nationwide.  
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Category Science and Research  

The Bionetics Corporation is seeking a Support Scientist to join our NASA team at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

Bionetics is a government services contract specializing in engineering and life sciences with locations nationwide. Bionetics offers a competitive salary and benefits packages to include medical, dental, vision, company matching 401k, paid holidays, paid vacation/sick leave, etc.


The Support Scientist conducts biological research associated with one or more complex projects within the NASA Ames Research Center's Biosciences Branch. This position will focus on collecting, propagating, and long-term preservation of microbial isolates. The NASA Biological Institutional Scientific Collection manages microbial material cultured from Space Biology funded missions and research activities.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree from an in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, or related field of study and 0-2 years’ of professional experience is required.
  • Laboratory experience in microbiology, recombinant DNA technology, spectroscopy, and data analysis.
  • Familiarity with best practices for working with hazardous materials and willingness to adhere to NASA-defined processes.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and web-based bioinformatics tools.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with scientists and engineers from a wide range of technical backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as analytical problem-solving abilities.
  • Capacity to work independently with minimal instruction.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Position requires U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status.
  • Applicant must include desired salary in application submission.
  • Must comply with Safety, Health and Environmental plan, policies and procedures.
  • Must comply with the Quality Assurance plan, policies and procedures.
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance.
  • Responsible for completing all required training.
  • Perform other assignments and duties, as required.
  • Speaking: Verbal communication using the English language.
  • Written Communication: Produce written work using the English language.
  • Organization: Prioritize multiple, competing assignments.
  • Performance Level: Perform effectively in a fast paced, demanding work environment.
  • Seeing: Must be able to read reports and use computers and other office electronics.
  • Hearing: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with co-workers.
  • Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: Must be able to write, type and use phone system.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, climb, stoop, kneel, lift, pull and push.
  • Travel Requirement: Must be willing to travel as necessary to meet business needs.


Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Establish laboratory facilities to allow for acquiring, storing, inventorying, cataloging, and distribution of new microbial sample collections
  • Prepare and/or propagate biological materials.
  • Perform appropriate microbial authentication/characterization procedures, through biochemical and sequencing methods.
  • Prepare materials for long-term storage and archiving through lyophilization or freezing protocols.
  • Provides input in the development of SOPs and project documentation.
  • Conceive and design laboratory experiments and actively participate in project planning.
  • Generate, record, analyze, and compile experimental data.
  • Complete statistical analysis of spectroscopy and analytical data.
  • Submit data to appropriate public databases.
  • Prepare figures for presentation/publication and collaborate with other scientists in publishing research findings.
  • Present research at scientific conferences.
  • 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.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Occasionally – Squatting/Crouching, Climbing, Kneeling
  • Often – Reaching, Standing, Sitting, Walking, Stooping, Pushing, Pulling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing
  • Lifting/Moving Requirements – Minimum of 25 pounds occasionally



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Position Support Scientist  
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