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Research Associate I (Virology), Silver Spring, MD, US ID#18032

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions (CNTS) provides technical support services and project support personnel to its defense and civilian agency clients. CNTS specializes in locating hard-to-find candidates for rapid response requests throughout the country. It provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines including medical, science, geospatial intelligence, engineering, construction, research and development, facilities management, information technology, program management and mission support. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, CNTS is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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Our client’s mission is to conduct biomedical research that delivers life-saving products including knowledge, technology, and medical materiel. Their efforts include the development of medical countermeasures capable of protecting and sustaining the health of the men and women of the U.S. military.

Their focus is on understanding the infectious diseases threatening the Fighting Force both domestically and abroad. The research programs include: dengue, influenza, and adenovirus infections and other emerging and re-emerging viral diseases such as chikungunya virus and hepatitis C virus, etc. Infectious disease syndromes caused by existing, emerging, or re-emerging viral pathogens, not otherwise identified, is also an area of research. Once specific threats have been determined, they work on those identified threats along a scientific continuum including epidemiologic disease surveillance and sample collection, basic and exploratory science, translational research, and product research and development. The intent is to license (as applicable) and field medical countermeasures and medical solutions designed to eliminate or mitigate these threats in the most safe, expeditious, cost effective, and high quality manner possible.

We are looking for an experienced Research Associate whose mission, first and foremost, will be to understand the infectious diseases threatening the Fighting Force both domestically and abroad. Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to those listed below.


Includes the following (Other duties may be assigned):

  • Performs basic (pure), translational, and exploratory scientific research and development/improvement of vaccines. 
  • Has advanced knowledge of scientific techniques and methodologies and applies independent judgement in performing research.
  • Develops Standard Operating Procedures for complex assays and updates them independently based upon operational situations. 
  • Designs research studies.
  • Processes laboratory samples, executes assays, documents results, and compiles and analyses data.
  • Ensures assays are executed following guidelines and designated procedures.
  • Advanced familiarity with standard concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Develops independent research protocols.
  • Works independently to plan and execute work, analyze results and develop scientific recommendations.
  • Assists with leading research studies.
  • Manages equipment and supplies.
  • Trains and mentors more junior personnel.
  • Writes and maintains detailed laboratory records and maintains a clean and safe laboratory environment.
  • Orders equipment and supplies. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team. 
  • Excellent organizational, documentation and record keeping skills.
  • Reports findings to scientific a lead.


Position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.


  • BS/BA with 5+ years of experience or MS with 3+ years of experience required in Biology, Biomedical Science, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology or related biological science
  • Advanced wet laboratory experience in processing laboratory samples, maintaining cell cultures and propagating virus stocks, and performing a variety of molecular biology assays


  • Advanced knowledge and experience of microbiology techniques
  • Experience working in a biomedical science laboratory
  • Experience doing mammalian or mosquito cell culture
  • Prior experience working with viruses and/or animal models is a plus
  • Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques including ELISA, PCR, Western blotting, gel electrophoresis, and molecular cloning
  • Excellent organizational, documentation and record keeping skills
  • Ability to follow strict timing guidelines for all scheduled operations and experiments
  • Work in a GLP/GCLP/GMP environment
  • Ability to accurately collect, collate and enter data into a database
  • Experience with data analysis software to include Microsoft Excel


Applicant must be willing to work in a BSL-2 team environment

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements.

With $400 million in annual revenue, more than 3000 employees and nearly 1,000 federal projects for more than 60 government agencies in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 territories, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) team of companies are well positioned to deliver the expertise needed to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Together, CNB’s companies provide an array of services — from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense — for 12 of the 15 Cabinet departments.

Why consider Cherokee Nation Businesses? The following links can help you learn more about what we do and the many great reasons to join our team!

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
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