Research Associate II at Meso Scale Diagnostics LLC in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Posted in Other 18 days ago.

Job Description:



A Research Associate II (RA II) is responsible for independently designing and executing experiments and analyzing the resulting data in support of reagent and assay development projects. This is a laboratory based position performing protein-based immunoassays on a routine basis with relatively high throughput (3-10 plates per day). The incumbent is expected to display a wide-degree of latitude, creativity and self-management.


* Execute on the design of experiments and implement plans with minimal guidance utilizing appropriate protocols
o Establish schedules and scope of proposed experiments
o Complete documentation to support testing procedures including data capture, forms, logbooks, and inventory batch records
o Analyze and prepare reagent and/or assay product documentation, organize and procure needed reagents, perform experiments, analyze data and document results
* Exercise professional judgment to independently analyze experiment data
o Employ self reliance in drawing experiment conclusions and interpreting results
o Initiate the verification of accuracy and validity of data; correct any errors
* Tender presentations for delivery to peer review groups using clear and concise methodologies
o Provide descriptive statistical analysis via tables, graphs and other tools for summarizing research results
o Propose viable options and educated recommendations for next steps
* Lead general lab maintenance initiatives including maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment
o Maintain and update electronic inventory list database (using Sharepoint), physical inventory and processing/aliquotting/vialing/labeling materials
o Prepare, maintain and report reagent inventories for assigned methods
* Utilize self-reliance in understanding and adhering to laboratory safety precautions and proper use of personal protective equipment
o The incumbent is also expected to monitor the behaviors of others within the laboratory setting and provide guidance on best practices
* Specific duties may vary depending upon departmental requirements


* Bachelor's degree in life sciences, protein sciences, cellular/molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, or other related area is required
o Master's degree is preferred
* Minimum 3 years of work experience (excluding academic internships) in reagent or assay development in an industrial setting is preferred; academic setting considered
* Experience with running antibody-based assays, developing reagents and product development is desirable
* Training in and experience with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) techniques is highly preferred
* A demonstrated level of consistency in performance and aptitude for managing additional responsibility and accountability are required for next level consideration


* Demonstrate ability to process and characterize incoming biological reagents such as proteins and antibodies according to company procedures
* Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical background
* Demonstrate understanding and ability to execute assay and reagent troubleshooting, optimization and validation experiments with supervision
* Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with personnel at all levels
o Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data
* Proficiency in MS Office suite
o Experience with standard data analysis tools (Excel, GraphPad Prism) and the quantitative background to advance this knowledge on the job is expected
* Familiarity with electronic file management using SharePoint (end user minimum) and MS Excel is necessary
* Ability to multi-task in an environment with changing priorities


* Up to 75 % of the day may be spent at a lab bench
* There are aspects of the positions duties that require a person in this role to work at heights above four (4) feet on occasion
* Ability to lift up to 25 lbs


* Laboratory environment working with chemical reagents and performing some Biosafety Level 2 work
o May involve handling of BSL-2 materials and organisms including human blood and/or blood products .


EducationBachelors of Life Science (required)