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Gryphon Scientific Senior Analyst - Biotechnology in Takoma Park, Maryland

Company Description

Gryphon Scientific is a small consulting business with a unique focus on physical and life sciences, public health, and program management and evaluation. We capitalize on our staff’s rich, past experience in the laboratory, in policy shops and from the field, combined with literature-based research and interview data collection, to tackle projects with complex technical challenges. Our projects drive policy changes in security, preparedness, and science policy at the highest levels of US government. Abroad, we advise governments in the developing world on how to cope with daunting public health challenges. Our aim is to improve the health and safety of populations world-wide. The energy of our small business environment, as well as our commitment to technical excellence, attracts staff with the highest qualifications. Gryphon strongly encourages collaboration throughout the company, between junior and senior staff and across disciplines. Personal and professional development are actively supported through opportunities to work across a wide range of projects. Gryphon boasts a laid-back work environment, a comprehensive employee benefit package, and places an emphasis on work-life balance, which has afforded us excellent employee retention. We are growing and looking for new staff members to join the Gryphon team.

Job Description

Over the past 15 years, Gryphon’s studies have been extremely influential on shaping the US stance on the oversight of emerging biotechnologies, from the crafting of the guidance to the synthetic DNA industry, to the regulation of manipulated pathogens to the oversight of mergers and acquisitions of biotech companies by foreign entities. We are actively recruiting a senior-level analyst with a background in biotechnology to contribute to and lead projects in these and other related areas. Qualified applicants will have experience working in the laboratory (in academe or industry) in synthetic biology, bioinformatics, genomics and/or bioengineering, although the position involves no lab work.

All positions at Gryphon Scientific require critical thinking, creative problem solving, and both qualitative and quantitative analysis to tackle challenging projects. This position will involve in-depth investigations of the scientific literature to develop an evidence basis for policy recommendations. Because our studies are communicated in the form of written reports and oral presentations, strong writing and verbal communication skills are required.

Duties

  • Work with federal and other government clients to support planning efforts and policy decisions.

  • Conduct analyses on diverse and complex datasets and scientific literature to advance the understanding of biological safety standards, practices, and developments in science policy.

  • Analyze the scientific literature to extract needed data.

  • Apply scientific data to policy recommendations.

  • Develop methods to leverage scientific data in custom-made quantitative frameworks.

  • Serve as a team leader on analytical projects in fields related to science policy and risk assessment.

  • Supervise the work of and mentor research assistants and interns as needed.

  • Translate complex scientific advances in biotechnology for clients and the broader scientific community through written, visual and oral media.

  • Develop and present reports and analyses to various stakeholder groups.

  • Present status and progress updates at regular meetings.

  • Attend scientific conferences and develop working relationships with various stakeholder groups.

  • Produce white papers and scholarly articles, based on company needs or client requests.

  • Support proposal development efforts.

Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in scientific discipline of biotechnology (bioinformatics, molecular biology, genomics, synthetic biology, biological engineering, etc.) with 0-3 years post-graduate experience in academe or industry, or MS and 5 years experience, or BA/S and 10 years experience.

  • Must have a command of latest advances in biotechnology.

  • U.S. Citizen.

  • Willing to re-locate to the greater Washington, DC, area.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to analyze large and complex data sets to generate new findings.

  • Must be a creative problem solver that likes to tackle complex issues and work through hard problems.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

Additional Skills and Experience (desired but not required):

  • Supervisory experience.

  • Well known and regarded in the field of biotechnology (either industry or academe).

  • Desired quantitative skills include familiarity with statistical tools, modeling suites, systems analysis or solving of Fermi problems.

Benefits

Salary Range: $60,000 - $100,000

Why Consider Gryphon Scientific?

  • Gryphon offers a competitive benefits package including 401(k), fully subsidized employee health insurance, and performance and profit-sharing bonuses.

  • Gryphon Scientific is a place that actively encourages intellectual engagement and provides analytical challenges on a wide range of projects.

  • Gryphon Scientific boasts a friendly, laid-back work environment. The dress code is casual. Gryphon employees often take afternoon walks to the local ice cream or coffee shop.

  • Mentorship is taken seriously at Gryphon Scientific. There is an open-door policy for all staff, meaning you can ask for advice from any staff member, from the owner of the company to your manager to junior staff.

  • Work-life balance and a pleasant work environment are a priority. All staff work in offices; there is not a cubicle in sight!

  • We encourage all senior staff to participate in business development efforts and the company supports senior staff pursuing work in their areas of interest.

  • Gryphon supports professional development including tuition reimbursement, conference attendance and career specific training.

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