Battelle Memorial Institute Cell Culture Technician in Frederick, Maryland

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Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking a Cell Culture Technician . This position is located at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Integrated Research Facility located at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.


The Cell Culture Technician will be responsible for providing technical skills to the development of cell culture processes at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Integrated Research Facility located at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland . Working within an existing team, the technician will work towards development and optimization of upstream cell culture processes and in line with overall project plan and milestones. He/she will be responsible for proficiency in the use and maintenance of all equipment and procedures for the assigned area with ability to cross-train in related support areas.


  • Consulting and Planning with internal cell culture customers

  • Cell line intake, banking, inventory, growth and QC

  • Cell line seeding density optimization for Plaque assay and virus growth

  • Plaque assay, viral growth and purification, viral growth curves, transfection and mini-genome analysis

  • EM and fluorescence microscopy analysis

  • Monoclonal antibody production

  • Monitor the laboratory budget and prepare reports as requested.

  • Help to maintain inventory of lab supplies, common lab stocks, and lab equipment

  • Assist in training others on equipment and assays

  • Perform routine operation of instrumentation to include QC, QA, and maintenance

  • Maintain current laboratory notebook ensuring protocol, date, and specimen traceability

  • Working in BSL-3 and BSL-4 environment upon completion of required training

  • Maintain an accurate inventory of specimens, reagents, and supplies as required by the department

  • General lab organization and maintenance.

  • Maintain cell line, plasmid, freezer, and reagent inventories.

  • Prepare packages for shipment; maintain lab cell lines, supplies, common lab stocks, and lab equipment.

  • Participate in general laboratory housekeeping, to include biohazard waste management


  • US citizenship or permanent residence

  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences

  • Minimum of 3 years of applicable experience.

  • Background in cell culture practices

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills, ability to work independently, design experiments, and analyze data are required.

  • Fluency in English

  • The candidate will be required to work in BSL4 containment environment and will be required to pass physical exams and participate in vaccination programs.

  • The candidate must also pass government ANACI and Select Agent background investigations.

  • Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Basic understanding of laboratory information management systems (LIMS)


  • Previous BSL-3 or BSL-4 containment experience

  • Experience with viral Select Agents is highly desired

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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.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides 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, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran 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 the equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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