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3 Jun 2022

Full-Time Research Assistant – Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Emergency Preparedness

Gryphon Scientific, LLC – Posted by Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

Job Description

Company Description

Gryphon Scientific is a small, growing consulting business with a unique focus on physical and life sciences, public health, and program management and evaluation. We capitalize on our staff’s rich, past experience in the laboratory, in policy shops and from the field, combined with literature-based research and interview data collection, to tackle projects with complex technical challenges. Our projects drive policy changes in security, preparedness, and science policy at the highest levels of US government. Abroad, we advise governments in the developing world on how to cope with daunting public health challenges. Our aim is to improve the health and safety of populations world-wide. Gryphon strongly encourages collaboration across disciplines, throughout the company, and between junior and senior staff, including a large cadre of PhD scientists. Personal and professional development are actively supported through opportunities to work across a wide range of projects. The energy of our small business environment, as well as our commitment to technical excellence, attracts staff with interesting and impressive backgrounds as well as recent graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career. Gryphon boasts a friendly work environment, a comprehensive employee benefit package, and places an emphasis on work-life integration, which has afforded us excellent employee retention. Gryphon strives to maintain diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging in our daily work. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff and will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity.

Job Description

Gryphon Scientific is seeking applicants with a bachelors degree or equivalent in the life sciences for Research Assistant (RA) positions. As an RA, you will collaborate on projects focused on public health and safety, biosecurity, biosafety, emerging infectious diseases, and homeland security, with support from senior scientists. RAs will abstract and analyze scientific literature to translate research into policy and practice. In addition, RAs may learn and apply coding skills to analyze large, heterogenous datasets and/or engage scientists to advance detection of emerging infectious diseases. Projects incorporate a variety of approaches such as: data analytics, computational modeling, policy evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and more. Final products will guide decision-makers in emergency preparedness, emergency response, healthcare, biomedical science, biosecurity, biosafety, and defense. Gryphon Scientific welcomes RAs the opportunity to use critical thinking, creative problem solving, and analysis to tackle stimulating projects in a wide range of exciting fields. Each project will require RAs to think, research and write in new ways. This RA position will primary support projects in Gryphon’s All-Hazards Preparedness and Response & CBRN Defense practice area and Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Emerging Technologies practice area, but RAs may have the opportunity to work on projects in other practice areas as well.(RAs will not, however, be involved in laboratory work; there is no lab on the premises.)


Gain familiarity and understanding of topics including but not limited to infectious diseases, global health security, biosecurity, emergency preparedness and response, biotechnology, and/or public health.
Perform internet-based research and other searches to identify, collect, organize, and analyze relevant data from peer-reviewed literature, news articles, public reports, and interviews with subject matter experts.
Collaborate with team members to interpret research results and formulate next steps.
Provide status updates and interim results to project managers and team members.
Perform project-related logistics and support functions including note-taking during meetings.
Prepare written reports and presentations describing data collection and analysis methods and results.

Minimum Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in a life science discipline (Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field).
GPA 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0) during final two years of college.
U.S. citizenship is required due to government client requirements.

Required Skills

Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Ability to apply knowledge of scientific concepts to a variety of topic areas, particularly when available data are incomplete or scarce
Proficiency in methods of scientific research and presentation, including designing and executing a literature search to address a research question, collecting and organizing data from published sources, interpreting data, and presenting findings in reports and meetings
Ability to work independently and with teams
Interpersonal skills
Attention to detail; organization skills and excellent follow-through

Additional Skills and Experience

Experience doing modeling or data analytics using Python, R, or SQL
Proficiency in Excel or Tableau
Knowledge of statistics and statistical methods of analysis
Chinese reading proficiency

Gryphon is seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds and communities, including those who can demonstrate the above skills and abilities developed through non-traditional work history, experiences, and education.

Gryphon Offers:

Fully paid health insurance for staff, and discounted rates for family members
Dental, disability, and life insurance
Flexible working hours
Options for in-person (in the District of Columbia (DC) metropolitan area), hybrid or remote (within the US) work
Paid time off, in addition to 10 paid holidays
Continuing education benefits once eligible
Generous profit sharing and performance bonuses
Wellness benefits (funds gym memberships, exercise classes, etc.)
Up to 12 weeks leave, per the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Parental leave
Flex spending account (FSA)
401K with 3% match after 6 months of employment
Bereavement leave

How to Apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

Job expires in 62 days.

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