Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0112
Title Scientist II
City Gaithersburg
State MD

Provide guidance, leadership and direction to project progress for product development initiatives. This may include initiatives for the development of assays, reagents and/or instruments utilized in various disciplines within the clinical or life science research fields. Independently designing and executing experiments, analyzing and documenting resulting data and presenting findings in a clear and concise manner will be among the principle responsibilities this position is accountable for. This position will directly supervise the work of others in their group and/or across interdisciplinary teams.


Bench Research/Hands-on laboratory work
• Experiment project planning and associated product documentation
• Conduct experiments, analyze and critically review resulting data
o Suggest direction for future work
• Procure reagents and equipment
• Understand and follow laboratory safety precautions and ensure compliance with company safety policies
o May work with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) materials such as viruses, bacteria and/or human clinical matrices (e.g. serum and plasma)
• Participate in general lab maintenance
Computer/desk work
• Prepare product documentation including summary reports
• Troubleshoot and optimize experiments; communicate issues and solutions to managers and senior staff
• Write SOPs and assemble batch records
• Present results to colleagues and senior staff
• Research new methods and train laboratory personnel
Cross-functional Collaboration
• Coordinate with other groups within the company and/or with customers
• May manage and coordinate the activities of Research Associates and Level I Scientists
Specific duties may vary depending upon departmental requirements

• Ph.D. in Life Sciences, Engineering or related field
• Minimum of four years experience in a research or clinical environment
o M.S. may be considered with a minimum five years of relevant experience and proven hands-on technical abilities
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, design experiments, analyze resulting data and write reports
• Experience with protein chemistry, immunology, immunoassays and antibody-based assays
• Training and experience with BSL-2 techniques is desired
• Industry experience with product development, including experience with quality systems, is desired
• Management experience highly preferred
• A demonstrated level of consistency in performance and aptitude for managing additional responsibility and accountability are required for next level consideration


• Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical background
o Logical problem solving and demonstrated ability to organize and move project tasks forward in an orderly and structured fashion
• Demonstrate ability to process and characterize incoming proteins and antibodies according to company procedures
• Demonstrate ability to independently design and execute project planning, troubleshooting, optimization and validation of experiments
• Excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills are required
o Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data
• Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise the work of others
o Effectively communicate performance goals and expectations
• 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
• A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected including the ability to multi-task in an environment with changing priorities


• Up to 70 % 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 and lift up to 25 lbs.


• Laboratory environment working with chemical reagents and performing some Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) work
o May involve handling of BSL-2 materials and organisms including human blood and/or blood products on occasion.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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