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Principal Scientist

Job ID: 2217798
Location: FORT SAM HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Feb 2, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Scientist
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking an experienced scientist to join our Laser Bioeffects research team conducting basic and applied research on the biological effects of laser exposure in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory.  The individual will lead teams of SAIC scientists and technicians in conducting in vivo and ex vivo experiments to study novel effects of laser exposure at the tissue, organ and whole body level, and to contribute data for establishing and updating national and international laser safety guidelines.  This will be a full-time position based at the Air Force Research Laboratory at JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and conduct laser tissue interaction experiments, primarily to the eye and skin
  • Develop and defend protocols to conduct in vivo and ex vivo laser bioeffects studies
  • Present results to customers
  • Present experimental findings to the laser bioeffects research community at conferences, etc.
  • Author peer-reviewed publications
  • Document experimental procedures and results


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Biochemisty, Immunology, Biomedical Engineering, or related field plus 4+ years experience
  • Experience as a Principal Investigator or leader of a research team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills for presentation of technical approaches and experimental results
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be capable of obtaining and maintaining a Secret level security clearance


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with laser, optics and imaging
  • Experience in experimental eye research (cornea and retina in particular) or skin research
  • Biomedical imaging experience such as OCT, SLO, etc.
  • Laser-tissue experience

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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