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Requisition Number 18-0100
Title Research Associate II, Mass Spectrometry
City Gaithersburg
State MD

The Research Associate II, Mass Spectrometry is responsible for carrying out analytical characterization of biological reagents. This is a laboratory based position performing analytical techniques such as liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry on a routine basis. The incumbent is expected to display a wide-degree of latitude, creativity and self-management.


  • Analyze biological samples and reagents using liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and other advanced biochemical techniques • Carry out preparation of samples as needed prior to biochemical testing
  • Plan and execute on analytical characterization tasks with minimal guidance utilizing appropriate protocols
  • Establish schedules for proposed experiments
  • Complete documentation to support testing procedures including data capture, forms, logbooks, and inventory batch records
  • Organize, prepare and/or procure needed reagents, perform experiments, analyze data and document results
  • Exercise professional judgment to independently analyze experiment data
  • Employ self-reliance in drawing experiment conclusions and interpreting results
  • 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
  • Provide descriptive statistical analysis via tables, graphs and other tools for summarizing research results
  • Propose viable options and educated recommendations for next steps
  • Maintain and calibrate laboratory equipment and maintain laboratory supplies
  • Utilize self-reliance in understanding and adhering to laboratory safety precautions and proper use of personal protective equipment
  • 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
  • Master’s degree is preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience (excluding academic internships) in analytical biochemistry in an industrial setting is preferred; academic setting considered
  • Experience with liquid chromatograph and/or mass spectrometry is desirable
  • Training in and experience with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) techniques is desirable
  • A demonstrated level of consistency in performance and aptitude for managing additional responsibility and accountability are required for next level consideration


  • Demonstrate ability to carry out biochemical analysis procedures according to company procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to develop new analytical procedures, with supervision of senior scientific personnel
  • Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical background
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with personnel at all levels
  • Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite
  • 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

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical requirements should be typical for biochemical laboratory work


  • Laboratory environment working with chemical reagents and performing some Biosafety Level 2 work
  • May involve handling of BSL-2 materials and organisms including human blood and/or blood products
  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.
  • 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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