Battelle Memorial Institute Molecular Biologist in Casa Grande, Arizona

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking Molecular Biologist(s) in various locations in Arizona for a nationally-deployed bio-surveillance program for federal and state/local public health and emergency response stakeholders.

Primary Function

This position will be responsible for performing routine molecular testing to rapidly detect and identify potential bacterial and viral threat agents from environmental samples according to standard processes and procedures

Major Responsibilities

  • Attend initial training, demonstrate, and maintain competence in specified technical area through successful completion of quality control samples and proficiency tests

  • Ensure all procedures are completed according to standard procedures, adhering to quality, safety, and security regulations and requirements including the Laboratory Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP)

  • Perform microbiological and molecular analytical techniques, including DNA extraction and real-time polymerase chain reaction, to detect and identify multiple pathogenic organisms

  • Demonstrate ability to communicate results in oral and written reports, assist senior scientists with troubleshooting and reporting, as required

  • Preserve chain of custody during sample receipt, storage, and processing

  • Safely operate equipment and perform maintenance duties including calibrations and adjustments

  • Testing is performed 24/7/365, emergency response availability, rotating weekends, and some holidays are required

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in molecular biology, microbiology, or related course work in the biological sciences with at least one year of laboratory bench experience utilizing PCR, aseptic techniques, and biological assays.

  • Alternatively, at least four (4) years of equivalent biological laboratory bench experience is acceptable in lieu of degree.

  • Some laboratory sites require personnel working in the facility to have Select Agent Registration, and/or American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification.

  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Card (USCIS I-551).

  • Ability to pass background investigation to meet (and maintain) eligibility for access to sensitive information.


  • Experience working in a Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and/or 3 Laboratory.

Legal Disclaimer

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.

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, 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.

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