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Battelle Memorial Institute Virologist I in Columbus, Ohio

Battelle delivers when others can’t. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients—whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Battelle’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Business Line is currently seeking candidates for a full time, permanent position as a Virologist I . This full time position is located in Columbus, Ohio .


  • Support the design, execution, and reporting of laboratory experiments in virology, microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology within structured regulatory and quality frameworks (e.g. Select Agent regulations, ISO 9001).

  • Perform viral propagation, isolation, and characterization procedures including:

  • Viral propagation in embryonated egg and cell culture;

  • Molecular biology techniques (e.g., ELISA, Flow Cytometry)

  • Genomic analysis (e.g., PCR, qPCR, RT-PCR, next generation sequencing)

  • Biochemical assay techniques (e.g., Electrochemiluminescence, ELISA, SDS-PAGE, Western Blotting);

  • Viral titer (e.g., Plaque, TCID50, Haemagglutinin, infectious dose, and FFU assays)

  • Mammalian cell propagation, cell line expansion and maintenance.


  • Performing experiments independently and under the guidance of senior scientists;

  • Developing new assays under the guidance of senior scientists;

  • Troubleshooting testing process/procedures

  • Preparing/reporting technical progress and results;

  • Preparing presentations

  • Developing and performing dilutions

  • Preparing reagents

  • Performance/direction of routine and non-routine laboratory procedures to support analytical operations including:

  • Inspection, testing, maintenance, and documentation of laboratory equipment

  • Operation of lab equipment including pipets, pipettes, balances, pH meters, centrifuges, plate readers, gel electrophoresis system, gel imagers, biosafety cabinets, microscopes, etc.

  • Training less experienced staff

  • Following established safety guidelines to safely work with hazardous/infectious materials

  • Professional interaction with clients

Some domestic travel is possible but not anticipated.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years of experience in virology

  • Ability to understand, follow, and draft written procedures

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Experience working within laboratory quality management systems (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO17025, GLP)

  • The ability to work in a team environment

  • Experience training less experienced staff in laboratory techniques

  • Sole U.S. citizenship, with the ability to obtain and maintain required government security clearances as a condition of employment

  • Sufficiently medically fit to work in the laboratory to perform assigned duties including the ability to wear personal protection equipment (PPE), lift up to 50 pounds, participate in vaccination programs as needed, and work in the proximity of hazardous/infectious materials


  • Master’s degree in virology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related fields;

  • Experience in genome editing and protein synthesis;

  • Experience in viral reverse genetics systems

  • Biosafety level 3 experience;

  • Teaching experience;

  • Experience developing new technical procedures;

  • Experience working in GLP laboratories


The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle’s Legal Department


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

As a condition of employment, Battelle will inquire about COVID vaccination status, and in the event that vaccinations are mandated at a work location (including client site and Battelle sites) we expect all candidates to comply with these required safety protocols.

Battelle is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact recruiting@battelle.org .

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

For more information about our other openings, please visit www.battelle.org/careers