Senior Scientist, Virology and Infectious Diseases

ATCC - American Type Culture Collection
Job Location
10801 University Boulevard
Manassas, VA 20110

ATCC offers a comprehensive benefits plan including:

  • A choice of excellent health, dental and vision plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent Care)
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Company paid short and long term disability plans
  • Vacation leave beginning at 15 days per year
  • Sick leave
  • Ten paid holidays
  • Retirement plan with 6% contribution (TIAA-CREF)
  • Supplemental retirement annuity with company match
    of up to 2% (TIAA-CREF)
  • Credit union membership
  • Education reimbursement
  • Direct deposit
  • On-site exercise room

Benefits are subject to change without notice. 

Job Description


  • Proactively monitors and replenishes existing biomaterial inventories
  • Coordinates biomaterial group activities with Manufacturing Support and BioProduction to support the objectives of the ATCC, if applicable
  • Characterizes, authenticates and preserves newly accessioned biomaterial items
  • Maintains and supports ATCC’s world-class reputation
  • Develops processes and procedures to ensure efficient, cost-effective processing of a high-quality biomaterial and reagents
  • With supervisor, monitors and adheres to the Collection budget


Research & Development

  • Develops new and/or improved authentication and validation methods
  • Develops new biomaterial groups and systems, as applicable, consistent with the objectives of the ATCC
  • Responsible for providing leadership and managing a specified biomaterial group and/or R&D team. Management of the collection includes characterization, authentication, preservation, maintenance and distribution of cell lines, microorganisms, or reagents procured by the incumbent or other individuals within the ATCC.
  • Designs, builds and directs internal and external research activities and collaborations, as applicable
  • Interacts with other corporate programs to foster a productive research environment


Supervisory Responsibilities, if applicable

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws
  • Has authority either directly or through recommendations for employment decisions to include selection, training, performance evaluation, counseling, promotion and termination
  • Participates in or conducts regular staff meetings to communicate pertinent corporate and program information
  • Fosters a positive work environment
  • Leads by example
  • Ensures staff complies with all safety requirements


Scientific, Customer and other external interactions

  • Provides scientific expertise to internal and external customers as applicable
  • Manages interactions with depositors and advisors as needed/assigned
  • Manages research collaborations with internal and external groups
  • Participates in professional activities both internal and external to ATCC
  • Maintains memberships in appropriate scientific societies
  • Submits data for publication and/or patent protection when applicable
  • Keeps abreast of current, relevant literature and technologies



  • May serve as a Principal Investigator on a grant/contract application or administration
  • Demonstrates strategic view of assignments relating to growth of area/collection, use of resources and appropriate staffing.
  • Demonstrates knowledge in resource planning and project management.
  • Provides input into the development of the annual budget.
  • Provides ideas in scientific area that meets or enhances ATCC mission and/or goals.
  • May be responsible for a highly specialized scientific function or several related scientific projects.


Performs other ancillary duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Doctoral degree in virology or directly related field required.
  • Must have 5-8 years of experience in virology and infectious disease, industrial experience is required.
  • Previous supervisory experience using a performance management system and working knowledge of stage-gated product development process is highly desired.
  • Experience with modern sequencing methods and viral genome characterization is desirable.
  • Ability to effectively manage, organize and prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be a proponent of continuous improvement.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and listening skills in English.
  • Works on complex problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Sound judgment to identify, evaluate and correct problems
  • Proven management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to lead by example
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, and focused
  • Familiarity with workforce planning and budget preparation
  • Familiarity with external funding and/or contracts


American Type Culture Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

How to Apply

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About Our Organization

Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.

The Sr. Scientist will be responsible for leading research and product development in the area of virology and infectious diseases at ATCC. The successful candidate will have a strong background in virology and will be expected to identity emerging market needs and develop and execute ideas and concepts for creating new products and research tools for emerging infectious viral diseases. The ideal candidate will have a broad expertise in classical and molecular virology with a proven track record of product development in a dynamic multidisciplinary environment. The incumbent will be integral part of product development teams and will interact with key cross-functional individuals to execute projects. The Sr. Scientist will also be expected to contribute within their own group as well as cross-functionally towards the overall goals and objectives of ATCC.   The incumbent is expected to supervise and mentor staff, leading by example, and enforce all ATCC corporate policies and procedures.

American Type Culture Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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