Serco Inc.

Research Scientist I

Recruiting Location : Location
Information Technology
Position Type
Security Clearance
Yes - May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position

Position Description

Serco IP Services, part of Serco North America, is seeking a Research Scientist to review patent applications received from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Serco supports the USPTO, which is a federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The work performed by Research Scientists supports this contract with the USPTO as well as related commercial patent search and analysis services.


The USPTO registers trademarks and under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. Successful candidates are able to make significant contributions to the patent industry, while working in the growing economy and will travel (on occastion) to beautiful surroundings of the Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


In this Research Scientist role, you will:

  • Review and analyze Patent Applications based on the US and International patent classification structures, and determine a likely patent classification and a series of sub classifications.
  • Provide technical expertise in one or more of the following technologies: medical and surgical procedures, medical/surgical instruments and supplies, diagnostic equipment, treatment devices; and exercising.
  • Be expected to determine appropriate classifications in accordance with both U.S. and international patent classification systems through technical knowledge, research, and automated tools.
  • Learn patent classification, search, and examination processes.
  • Apply knowledge of classification processes to assign U.S. Patent Classification (USPC) and Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) codes to complex technical subject matter.
  • Use automated systems to perform research and classification operations.
  • Function in a production-based environment with emphasis on operating efficiently and accurately at a significant pace.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work closely with others in a team environment.
  • Participate in on-going program training to expand knowledge in additional technical fields and patent services.

This position is remote, however, candidates must be located in the DC/Metro area.  Occasional travel to Harrisonburg, VA will be required on occasion.  


To be successful in this Research Scientist role, you will have:

  • 0-2 years experience.
  • Understanding of technical concepts and/or Medical Terminology
  • 25% travel may be required.
  • Exceptional analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong reading comprehension skills.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
  • The ability to work on a computer workstation 8 hours per day.
  • Must be able to obtain and/or maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance.

Desired Attributes:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Medical Science or a related discipline such as: Nursing; Physical /Occupational Therapy; Sports and Fitness; or Biomedical Engineering;General Science with health-related concentration.

This position is remote, however, candidates must be located in the DC/Metro area.  Occasional travel to Harrisonburg, VA will be required on occasion.  


If you are interested in supporting and working with USPTO and a passionate Serco team- then submit your application now for immediate consideration.  It only takes a few minutes and could change your career!

Company Overview

Serco Inc. (Serco) is the Americas division of Serco Group, plc. Serco serves every branch of the U.S. military, numerous U.S. Federal civilian agencies, the Intelligence Community, the Canadian government, state and local governments, and commercial clients. We help our clients deliver vital services more efficiently while increasing the satisfaction of their end customers. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Serco Americas has over 9,000 employees and is part of a $4 billion global business that helps transform government and public services around the world. At Serco, our employees are our most valuable asset - we listen, respect and support them throughout their career at Serco. We invite you to become part of our dynamic team. Serco is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying our workforce (Race/ Color/ Sex/ Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/ Religion/ National Origin/ Disability/ Vets).


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If you require an accommodation with the application process please email: or call the HR Service Desk at 800-628-6458, option 1. Please note, due to EEOC/OFCCP compliance, Serco is unable to accept resumes by email.


Serco does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies without being a contracted approved vendor. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Serco and will not be obligated to pay a placement or contract fee. If you are interested in becoming an approved vendor at Serco, please email


COVID-19 Regulations: Serco complies with all applicable COVID-19 requirements. This may require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, provide attestations regarding vaccination status and/or COVID-19 testing, or satisfy other conditions of employment that Serco deems appropriate, and employees may be required to show proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 test results as a condition of employment (except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation).


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