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Biological Scientist II

Summary

Intermediate biological scientist.  Researches or studies basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.  Works under minimal supervision.  Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Reviews research procedures and their impact on research goals.  A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.  Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field.  Analyzes existing methodologies, formulates hypotheses, and modifies established procedures for biological and/or other supporting scientific disciplines; does not develop novel procedures.  Performs a variety of tasks.  Typically reports to a Principal Investigator, supervisor, or manager.

This classification includes specialist including but not limited to, Biochemist, Biophysicists, Microbiologists, Zoologists, Wildlife Biologists, Bioinformatics Scientists, Molecular and Cellular Biologists, and Geneticists.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Modify existing methods to study the mechanisms of biological processes; modify existing guidelines for procedures
  • Modify existing protocols to improve existing techniques or to incorporate new diagnostic procedures; search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for research goals
  • Modify laboratory experiments; oversee their execution; and assist in reviewing, approving, or interpreting results
  • Modify existing computational approaches and analytical tools as required by research goals
  • Participate in biological research programs for government, research firms, medical industries, or manufacturing firms
  • Provide scientific services for clients in a clinic, laboratory, or research area
  • Conduct biological research in accordance with stipulated protocols and quality and safety standards
  • Perform scientific experiments for analysis and standardization
  • Conduct experimental studies with live specimens in controlled or natural surroundings
  • Collect and/or dissect specimens; examine specimens under microscope
  • Identify, classify, and study structure, behavior, ecology, physiology, nutrition, culture, and distribution of plant, animal, microbial species
  • Inventory, estimate, and monitor wildlife populations and habitat; participate in preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases and manage invasive plants and animals
  • Participate in the development of breeding programs or survival plans
  • Cultivate, breed, and grow specimens for study and observation or for use in experiments
  • Isolate and maintain cultures of bacteria or other microorganisms for study in prescribed or developed media, controlling moisture, aeration, temperature, and nutrition
  • Prepare collections of preserved specimens or microscopic slides for species identification and study of development or disease
  • Assist in planning curatorial programs for species collections that include acquisition, distribution, maintenance, or regeneration
  • Assist in developing methods and apparatus for securing representative plant, animal, aquatic, or soil samples; performs field surveys to identify appropriate biological specimens
  • Assist in directing, coordinating, and organizing biological laboratory activities
  • Assist in managing laboratory teams and/or monitor the quality of a team’s work; assist in supervising or directing the work of other scientists, technicians, and other workers and evaluating the accuracy of their results; assist in teaching or advising undergraduate or graduate students or supervising their research
  • Assist with instructing undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in methods or procedures
  • Assist with maintain laboratory safety programs and training personnel in laboratory safety techniques
  • Modify laboratory equipment needed for special research projects
  • Provide routine maintenance on laboratory equipment; verify that equipment and instrumentation are maintained in working condition to ensure accuracy and quality of experimental results
  • Assist in evaluating new supplies, technologies,  and equipment to ensure operability in specific laboratory settings for enhancing or complementing research
  • Maintain accurate laboratory records that record research methods, procedures, and results; prepare and maintain research findings, summaries, logs, and notes
  • Assist in testing new and updated tools and software
  • Assist in design sampling plans or coordinating the collection of samples
  • Compile data; create or use statistical models for the analysis of data
  • Assist in developing data models; assist in designing and maintaining computer databases; may manipulate publicly accessible, commercial, or proprietary databases
  • Analyze datasets for clinical or research purposes; evaluate data by performing appropriate mathematical or statistical calculations and analyses
  • Adjust experimental designs as necessary based on experimental data analysis
  • Provides input for technical reports, research papers, scholarly articles, abstracts, or recommendations
  • Consult with researchers and other professionals to conduct appropriate analyses, analyze problems, determine strategies, or recommend solutions
  • Assist in reviewing databanks for new research findings and correlating with laboratory research findings in participating studies

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field and three years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree in biology or a closely related field and one year of relevant experience; Doctoral degree in biology or a closely related field.

Licensure and Certification

N/A

Supervision

This position may include supervisory responsibility.

Competencies

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