Meso Scale Scientist I in Gaithersburg, Maryland
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Bench Research/Hands-on laboratory work• Experiment planning and associated product documentation • Conduct experiments, analyze and critically review resulting data • 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 maintenanceComputer/desk work• Prepare product documentation including summary reports• Troubleshoot and optimize experiments; communicate issues and solutions to managers • Write SOPs and assemble batch records• Present results to colleagues • Research new methods and train laboratory personnelCross-functional Coordination• Coordinate with other groups within the company • May manage and coordinate the activities of Research Associates o This may include a team of direct reports Specific duties may vary depending upon departmental requirementsEXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:• Ph.D. in Life Sciences, Engineering or related field • Minimum of two years laboratory experience with proven hands-on technical abilities o M.S. may be considered with additional years of experience• Excellent academic record and strong scientific fundamentals • Independent research experience • Experience with protein chemistry, immunology and immunoassays is desired• Training and experience with BSL-2 techniques is desired• Industry experience, 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 considerationKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:• Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical backgroundo 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 assay and reagent troubleshooting, optimization and validation 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 datao Effectively communicate performance goals and expectations• Proficiency in MS Office Suiteo 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 prioritiesPHYSICAL DEMANDS:• 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 • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs WORK ENVIRONMENT:• 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.
- PHD or better in Life Science