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Requisition Number 18-0132
Title Associate Scientist
City Gaithersburg
State MD

An Associate Scientist is responsible for independently coordinating multiple research and product development projects for assays and reagents, including the design, execution, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. The Associate Scientist may coordinate the work or others.




  • Contribute to departmental and company goals to drive the product development process to completion
  • Plan and execute the design of experiments, data analysis, and presentation of results with minimal guidance
  • Troubleshoot and optimize experiments; communicate and develop strategies for implementing solutions
  • Independently execute assay and reagent troubleshooting, optimization and validation of experiments
  • Provide descriptive statistical analysis using clear and concise methodologies and ensure accuracy and validity of data
  • Participate in general lab maintenance initiatives, including lab safety and compliance, laboratory supplies and equipment, and physical and electronic inventory
  • Develop, update, and implement SOPs and appropriate documentation to support testing procedures including data capture, forms, logbooks, and inventory batch records
  • Effectively plan and ensure project deliverables and timelines are met
  • Contribute to mentoring and training team members
  • May work with Biosafety Level 2 materials such as viruses and bacteria and human clinical matrices (e.g. serum and plasma)
  • May supervise the work of others in all aforementioned areas of productivity and effectiveness
    • Responsible for supporting, mentoring and documenting performance evaluation for those they supervise
    • May be responsible for training and development of laboratory personnel
  • 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 8 years of experience in an industrial setting is highly preferred
  • Experience performing complex laboratory techniques and applying theoretical techniques to solve problems.  A combination of the following maybe required:
    • Molecular biology and protein chemistry techniques
    • Production of cell-based products
    • Isolation, expression and purification methods for proteins, antibodies and peptides
    • Processing and characterizing reagents, proteins and antibodies
    • Protein-based immunoassays, antibody-based assays, reagent and assay development
    • ELISA, PCR, HPLC, western blot, immunoblot, microarray, chromatography, gel electrophoresis
  • Experience with standard data analysis tools (Excel, GraphPad, Prism) and quantitative analysis is required
  • The following experiences are preferred:
    • Management experience
    • Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) training
    • Industry experience in reagents or assays development process, from feasibility to launch
    • Independent research experience and management of staff and/or projects
    • Quality system, ISO and FDA regulations
    • Analytical method development and Design of Experiments (DOE)


  • Demonstrated aptitude for learning and applying new techniques and methods
  • Ability to multi-task and work productively in a demanding research environment with changing priorities
  • Demonstrated innovation to develop solutions
  • Successful management and/or supervision over the work others
  • Logical problem solving and demonstrated ability to organize and move project tasks forward in a timely and organized fashion
  • Excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills
    • Effectively communicates issues and results that impact project timelines and the accuracy and reliability of laboratory data
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite; Intermediate to advanced level skills in Excel
  • Effectively contributes to the success of departmental and team objectives
    • Works well with personnel at all levels


  • Up to 50 % 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
  • 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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