Research Associate I at Meso Scale Diagnostics LLC in Rockville, Maryland

Posted in Other 21 days ago.

Job Description:



A Research Associate I (RA I) is responsible for carrying out reagent and assay development activities in the laboratory, under supervision, working to achieve development project goals including data analysis and assay qualification. This is a laboratory position performing protein-based immunoassays on a routine basis with relatively high throughput (3-10 plates per day). Some degree of professional latitude, creativity and self management is expected.


* Analyze and prepare reagent and product documentation, organize and procure reagents, perform experiments, analyze data and document results
* Presentation of results
* Participation in general lab maintenance including maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment
* Maintain and update electronic or physical inventories
* Processing/aliquotting/vialing reagents and materials
* May work with Biosafety Level 2 materials such as viruses and bacteria and human clinical matrices (e.g. serum and plasma)
* Specific duties may vary depending upon departmental requirements


* Bachelor's degree in life sciences, cellular and molecular biology, protein sciences or related field is required
* 1 + years of experience (or academic internships) in protein-based immunoassays or assay development in an industrial setting is desired
* Training in, and experience with, Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) techniques is desired
* 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, and effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data
* Proficiency in MS Office suite
* Familiarity with electronic file management using SharePoint (end user minimum) and MS Excel is highly desired
* Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with personnel at all levels
* Demonstrate an aptitude for learning and adhering to standard laboratory techniques and safety precautions as presented
o Complete appropriate documentation to support testing procedures including data capture, forms, logbooks, and inventory batch records
* A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected including the ability to multi-task and work productively in a demanding research environment with changing priorities


* Up to 85 % of the day may be spent at a lab bench
* There are aspects of the position's 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)