Lab Manager / Technician
Laurel, MD 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Do you thrive in a diverse, highly-collaborative and dynamic scientific environment?

Does your dream job include making impactful contributions to solve today's national security and national health challenges in a new state-of-the-art biology research facility?

Are you an organized, self-motivated individual who is passionate about solving technical and logistical problems, leading all aspects of multiple activities, and serving as an integral member of a vibrant research team?

If so, we are seeking someone like you to join our team at APL. We are seeking a Lab Manager / Technician for our Biological Sciences Group, residing within the Research & Exploratory Development Department (REDD).

The Lab Manager / Technician will support multiple technical thrust areas across our group. As part of the Research & Exploratory Development Department, our group conducts basic and applied research, in the Biological Sciences, to make critical contributions to national security and national health challenges. In this role, you will serve as an integral member of the group, contributing to general lab maintenance as well as sponsored projects and internal research efforts. You will use your excellent organizational and problem-solving skills to keep processes running efficiently in our new facility, coordinating service contracts, ordering consumables, and optimizing facility function. You will also have the opportunity to leverage your wet lab training to perform tasks using standard laboratory protocols, including cell culture and maintenance, basic DNA cloning, nucleic acid extraction, PCR and reverse transcription PCR, clinical sample handling and preparation, sequencing and library preparation and basic data analysis.

As a Lab Manager / Technician you will:

  • Act as a general biology Lab Manager.

    • Overseeing day-to-day operations of BSL2/BSL2+ facilities
    • Organizing equipment maintenance and service contracts
    • Supporting basic procurement needs
  • Act as a Technician, performing tasks utilizing standard laboratory protocols including to support ongoing projects. Tasks may include:
    • Cell culture and maintenance
    • Nucleic acid extraction
    • PCR and reverse transcription PCR
    • Clinical sample handling and preparation
    • Sequencing library preparation
    • Data analysis


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a Bachelors degree plus 3+ years professional experience contributing to research efforts in the Biological Sciences.
  • Have experience with multiple of the following skills:
    • Cell culture and maintenance
    • Nucleic acid extraction
    • Data analysis
    • Sequencing library preparation
    • Clinical sample handling and preparation
    • PCR and reverse transcription PCR
  • Have strong communication and collaboration skills; ability to contribute to teams from any position.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a Masters Degree and 5+ years of professional experience in the Biological Sciences or relevant field.
  • Have formal experience managing a biological research facility, including overseeing equipment setup and maintenance.
  • Have formal experience with clinical sample handling and preparation.
  • Have a demonstrated track record of productive collaborations with multidisciplinary teams.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL) is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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