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Job #: R-00013330
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Life Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

Job Description:

This is where your legacy begins!

The Leidos Innovations Center currently has an opening for a Scientist / Senior Scientist - Biology to work in our San Diego, California office. We are seeking a broadly trained and highly motivated biologist for advanced technology programs focused on molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics / genomics. This is a highly dynamic and integrative environment in which talented and creative scientists can thrive working on a diverse array of multidisciplinary projects. The group has an immediate need for someone with strong Genetics/Molecular Biology skills and experience in Synthetic and Cell biology-based data generation and analysis.

Contribute to the development of novel applications in support of government-funded efforts in the areas of protein expression, synthetic and systems biology.
- Develop novel molecular and genomics-based methods for the detection of biological and/or chemical signatures and threats.
- Lead and/or support on-going and future efforts to characterize changes in multiple-omics profiles under different conditions.
- Effectively communicate research in team meetings, progress reports, peer-reviewed publications, and patents.
- Quickly adapt to evolving research needs, rapidly acquire new scientific knowledge and stay informed on new technologies.
- Work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team consisting of biologists, chemists, mathematicians, statisticians, and engineers. Lead Candidates should follow sound scientific practices and maintain effective documentation of activities and analyses.

Skills you need to be successful:
- A Ph.D. in Biology, or related discipline with 5 years of technical experience (technical experience can be obtained through schooling) or a Master's degree with at least 10 years of relevant experience (technical experience obtained through schooling can be counted towards total years of experience).
- U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance
- Laboratory skills: Cloning, mutagenesis, nucleic acid (RNA and DNA) extraction/purification, PCR / quantitative PCR, CRISPR-based genome editing, protein engineering and expression
- Team oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to interact with people from diverse areas and disciplines

You will wow us even more if you have these skills:
- Experience in culturing cell lines and bacterial strains
- Genome editing using modern tools, such as CRISPR/Cas9
- Synthetic Biology experience
- Protein expression, purification and characterization
- Protein engineering
- RNA-based therapeutics
- Experience with sample preparation methods for NGS
- Experience with DNA structure and dynamics interrogation, including epigenetic-based analyses
- Possess US government Security Clearance

External Referral Program

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit .

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here .

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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