Northstar Technology Corporation contract position Biological Science Laboratory Technician
Scope of Work
The scope of this contract is scientific and general operational laboratory services for ORA field laboratories.
Description of Tasks
The Contractor shall provide project management to establish control, management, monitoring and notification mechanisms, ensuring that contracted tasks stay on track and milestones and performance measures are met.
The Contractor shall conduct a contract kickoff meeting at the FDA within 10 working days of award. The purpose of the kickoff meeting is to introduce the contractor staff to the Government and discuss the contractor’s approach to meeting the requirements of the SOW.
The Contractor shall develop a Management Plan describing the technical approach, organizational resources, and management controls to be employed to meet the cost, performance, and schedule requirements throughout contract execution. The Contractor shall update the Management Plan annually.
Monthly Status Reports
The Contractor shall submit a monthly status report (MSR) to the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) on the 10th business day of each month following the end of the previous calendar month. The MSR shall contain the following information at a minimum:
- Tasks worked, hours expended on tasks, and labor categories and labor rates used per task.
- Total hours and the amount billed for the invoice period.
- The cumulative hours and the cumulative amount billed for the period of performance.
- An overview of work completed, in progress, and planned for each task.
- Identification of problem areas with recommended remedial actions.
- Challenges, issues, and risks
In addition, the Contractor shall be proactive in informing the designated Government Representative and Contracting Officer Representatives of any issues, problems, and recommendations that should be addressed in order for the overall effective accomplishment of task order goals. Recommendations for actions that need to be taken by FDA staff, or other Contractors, shall be clearly defined and communicated to the responsible party and the FDA, and have identified dates for completion.
The Contractor shall also attend monthly conference calls with ORA staff to receive any needed updates.
Scientific Laboratory Support
Media and Solution (Reagents and Standards) Preparation
The Contractor shall weigh, mix, adjust the pH, heat various combinations of components in water solutions, transfer these solutions between containers and instrumentation, and label these media/solutions in accordance with lab quality program procedures, and autoclave to sterilize the product. In some instances, toxic chemical additives are required.
The Contractor shall sterilize prepared media, dirty containers and waste materials. This involves placing the items/materials into an autoclave and later removing them for use, to storage, or disposal as appropriate.
The Contractor shall use an aseptic technique (microbiological analysis) or non-aseptic techniques (chemistry or sensory analysis) to remove the appropriate amount of material from the item being analyzed and place the samples into containers. These samples may be frozen, refrigerated or at room temperature and may weigh up to 50 pounds. Preparation tools include, but are not limited to utensils (such as knives, chisels, hammers, forceps, spoons, and forks) and equipment such as food processors, blenders, homogenizers, and grinders. Containers for analysis in which the prepared sample will be placed include, but are not limited to blenders, jars, plastic jugs, plastic bags, flasks/beakers, vials, and tubes.
General Laboratory Operational Support
The Contractor shall perform glassware washing, both manual and via the use of an automatic dishwasher. In both cases, this will involve emptying and hand scrubbing various sized containers (flasks, tubes, jars, bottles, Petri plates, etc.) and transferring them between locations for washing, drying, use, sterilization and/or storage.
Waste Collection and Disposal
The Contractor shall collect all contaminated and otherwise dirty/used waste materials from defined collection sites throughout the laboratory, and safely transfer them to the decontamination or disposal areas for further processing (i.e., returning to use or storage, or putting them in a dumpster).
Laboratory Custodial Support
The Contractor shall maintain cleanliness of all laboratory areas.
Laboratory Safety Support
The Contractor shall complete daily/weekly checks of all laboratory eye washing and shower stations.
The Contractor shall perform periodic temperature mapping of equipment or locations by placing temperature sensor(s) in temperature controlled units (i.e. freezers, refrigerators, ovens, etc.) and collecting data for the specified time period as established by standard operating procedure (SOP). The Contractor shall retrieve collected data (digitally or via print-out), apply data to established criteria, and compile a report with acceptable or unacceptable evaluation.
Acid Cleaning of Digestion Vessels and Centrifuge Tubes
The contractor shall properly clean vessels and tubes.
The Contractor shall prepare and apply labels. The Contractor shall compile and manually enter data into logbooks and/or various types of computer programs. The Contractor shall perform consumable inventories and re-stock shelves. Processing analytical packages and scanning and processing out of the lab. Track sample storage and disposition status. Track expiration dates of standard material and lab reagents, and discard properly, if expired. Perform periodic data backup of equipment/instruments.