PUCL Job#1142 - Cell Soeter Operator (posted 08-16-2017)

Cell Sorter Operator


Medical Science & Computing (MSC) is an exciting growth oriented company, dedicated to providing mission critical scientific and technical services to the Federal Government.  We have a distinguished history of supporting the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies. MSC offers a dynamic and upbeat work environment, excellent benefits and career growth opportunities.


We attract the best people in the business with our competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k plan with employer contribution, paid holidays, vacation, Medical and Flexible Spending Accounts, Pre-Tax Transit Assistance and tuition reimbursement. If you enjoy being a part of a high performing, professional service and technology focused organization, please apply today!


MSC is currently searching for a Cell Sorter Operator to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is full-time, and it is on site in Bethesda, MD.


The Cell Sorter Operator will independently perform a full range of complex assignments and projects that involve intensive application of knowledge of flow cytometry.  The incumbent will assist and work closely with research scientists. Areas of application include cell differentiation, immunology, parasitology, bacteriology, pathogenesis, and molecular immunology.  This position is within the NIAID, Division of Intramural Research, core flow cytometry facility, which also maintains 5 other cell sorters, two LSR II’s, LSR Fortessa, FACS CANTO, AMNIS ImageStream and FACS Symphony. 


Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Cell Sorter Operator will interact with Scientists and Technicians of all levels, daily responsibilities are typical of the following:

  • Calibrate, maintain and conduct quality control procedures of major fluidic and optical systems of the flow cytometer, including the operation (analysis and sorting), scheduling, and troubleshooting of a FACS Aria II 4-Laser flow cytometer and maintenance of a BD Fortessa and LSR II. 
  • Train department personnel in the operation of the flow cytometer and will train investigators in the operation of data analysis software or flow cytometer.
  • Responsible for modifications and adjustment of instrument parameters and will identify control samples, according to experimental requirements.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining record keeping systems of instrument parameters, computer data backups and instrument usage.
  • Prepare reports of instrument usage by personnel and quality control information.
  • Review current flow cytometry literature for improved methodologies and quality control procedures.
  • Provide additional technical support and troubleshoot instrument or computer problems as they arise.


Position Requirements: 

  • 2+ years’ experience as a cell sorter operator.
  • Flow Cytometry experience is required.  Experience in the operation of multiparameter cell sorters is highly desirable, but training will be provided. 
  • Prior experience monitoring variables that affect the quality of flow cytometric analysis and skill in evaluating and interpreting the results of quality control procedures and implementing corrective action where indicated. 
  • Knowledge of biology and scientific approach in order to perform the full range of duties related to experimental protocol and the use of the cytometer to design experiments for original research. 
  • Skilled in developing new applications for the cell sorter and participation in the design of experiments.
  • Thorough knowledge of regulations, policies, and guidelines related to biohazard constraints and the handling of biological materials, infectious agents, chemicals, radioactive materials, etc.
  • Familiarity with computers and some understanding of spectroscopy and electronics. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, experience communicating with peers and management of a scientific nature.
  • BS or MS in biology or related scientific field.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter highlighting your relevant experience to


Medical Science & Computing is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.



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