Scientist

Employer
Meso Scale Diagnostics
Location
Gaithersburg, MD
Posted
Jan 09, 2019
Closes
Jan 21, 2019
Function
Accountant, IT
Industry
Science
Hours
Full Time
The Scientist I will be responsible for product development in the form of assays, reagents and/or instruments utilized in various disciplines within the clinical or life science research fields. Independently designing and executing experiments, analyzing resulting data and presenting findings in a clear and concise manner will be among the principle responsibilities a Scientist is accountable for. Documentation duties will include keeping detailed records of experiments and product development, writing procedures, and preparing experimental summaries. This position may supervise the work of others directly and/or across interdisciplinary teams. 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 May work with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) materials such as viruses, bacteria and/or human clinical matrices (eg 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 Write SOPs and assemble batch records Present results to colleagues Research new methods and train laboratory personnel Cross-functional Coordination Coordinate with other groups within the company May manage and coordinate the activities of Research Associates 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 MS 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 consideration KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical background 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 Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data Effectively communicate performance goals and expectations 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 A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected including the ability to multi-task in an environment with changing priorities PHYSICAL 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 May involve handling of BSL-2 materials and organisms including human blood and/or blood products on occasion

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