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Food and Drug - Scientific Laboratory Support  


Jefferson Arkansas Laboratory

Period of Performance (09/27/2022 - 09/26/2024 with four (4) additional year options)

Job Description:

Scientific Laboratory Support

Media and Solution (Reagents and Standards) Preparation

  • The employee shall weigh, mix, adjust the pH, heat various combinations of components in water solutions, transfer these solutions between containers and instrumentation, and label these media / solutions in accordance with lab quality program procedures, and autoclave to sterilize the product. In some instances, toxic chemical additives are required.


  • The employee shall sterilize prepared media, dirty containers, and waste materials. This involves placing the items/materials into an autoclave and later removing them for use, to storage, or disposal as appropriate.

Sample Preparation:

  • The employee shall use aseptic technique (microbiological analysis) or non-aseptic techniques (chemistry or sensory analysis) to remove the appropriate amount of material from the item being analyzed and place the samples into containers. These samples may be frozen, refrigerated or at room temperature and may weigh up to 50 pounds. Preparation include but are not limited to utensils (such as knives, chisels, hammers, forceps, spoons, and forks) and equipment such as food processors, blenders, homogenizers, and grinders. Containers for analysis in which the prepared sample will be placed include, but are not limited to blenders, jars, plastic jugs, plastic bags, flasks/beakers, vials and tubes. Some sample preparation processes may include the preparation and cooking of food products, to support the Agency's Total Diet Study program.


  • The employee shall perform glassware washing, both manual and via use of an automatic dishwasher. In both cases this will involve emptying and hand scrubbing various sized containers (flasks, tubes, jars, bottles, Petri plates, etc.) and transferring them between locations for washing, drying, use, sterilization and/or storage.

Waste Collection and Disposal

  • The employee shall collect all contaminated and otherwise dirty/used waste materials from defined collection sites throughout the laboratory, and safely transfer them to the decontamination or disposal areas for further processing (i.e., returning to use or storage, or putting them in a dumpster).

Laboratory Custodial Support:

  • The Contractor shall maintain cleanliness of all laboratory areas.

Laboratory Safety Support:

  • The employee shall complete daily/weekly checks of all laboratory eye washing and shower stations (Attachment 3). Each lab may have its own specific requirements due to mission and location.

Temperature Mapping:

  • The employee shall perform periodic temperature mapping of equipment or locations by placing temperature sensor(s) in temperature controlled units (i.e. freezers, refrigerators, ovens, etc.) and collecting data for the specified time period as established by standard operating procedure (SOP). The Contractor shall retrieve collected data (digitally or via print-out), apply data to established criteria, and compile a report with acceptable or unacceptable evaluation.
  • Acid Cleaning of Digestion Vessels and Centrifuge Tubes
  • Function verification of various equipment (i.e. Balances, Pipettes, pH meters) (Attachment 2). Each lab may have its own specific requirements due to mission and location.
  • Daily and Weekly Monitoring Checks of the Deionized (DI) Water Systems
Position Requirements


• Employee is to perform work under this contract must assure the protection of the information and data they receive in performance.

• All employees who will be working in FDA-owned or leased space shall undergo a background investigation before starting to work. Required background investigations may include, but not limited to:

  • review of prior government /military personnel records; review of FBI records and fingerprint files; searches of credit bureaus; personal interviews; and written inquires covering the subject’s background.

• All employees must be compliant with Homeland Security Presidential Directive/Hspd-12 and HHS guidelines for foreign nationals.

• The employee performing under this contract, will complete HHS/FDA-furnished initial and refresher security and privacy education and awareness training before being granted access to the FDA systems.

• All employees must sign a Commitment to Protect Non-Public Information Form 3398 (Attachment 3).

• employees will be provided with LIMS account, training, and permissions to access the FDA records once they have received security clearances.

•Ability to stand for long periods of time

•Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

•US Citizen

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Compensation 16.64 plus 4.54 for a total of 21.18 per hour  
Position Food and Drug - Scientific Laboratory Support  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 2/21/2024  
Location Food and Drug Administration - Arkansas Laboratory (ARKL)  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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