Research Associate II
Gaithersburg, MD 
Posted 11 months ago
Job Description
Requisition Number18-0126
TitleResearch Associate II


A Research Associate II (RA II) is responsible for independently designing and executing experiments and analyzing the resulting data in support of reagent and assay development projects. This is a laboratory based position performing protein-based immunoassays on a routine basis with relatively high throughput (3-10 plates per day). The incumbent is expected to display a wide-degree of latitude, creativity and self-management.


* Execute on the design of experiments and implement plans with minimal guidance utilizing appropriate protocols

o Establish schedules and scope of proposed experiments

o Complete documentation to support testing procedures including data capture, forms, logbooks, and inventory batch records o Analyze and prepare reagent and/or assay product documentation, organize and procure needed reagents, perform experiments, analyze data and document results

* Exercise professional judgment to independently analyze experiment data

o Employ self reliance in drawing experiment conclusions and interpreting results

o 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

o Provide descriptive statistical analysis via tables, graphs and other tools for summarizing research results

o Propose viable options and educated recommendations for next steps

* Lead general lab maintenance initiatives including maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment

o Maintain and update electronic inventory list database (using Sharepoint), physical inventory and processing/aliquotting/vialing/labeling materials

o Prepare, maintain and report reagent inventories for assigned methods

* Utilize self-reliance in understanding and adhering to laboratory safety precautions and proper use of personal protective equipment

o The incumbent is also expected to monitor the behaviors of others within the laboratory setting and provide guidance on best practices

* 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 o Master's degree is preferred

* Minimum 3 years of work experience (excluding academic internships) in reagent or assay development in an industrial setting is preferred; academic setting considered

* Experience with running antibody-based assays, developing reagents and product development is desirable

* Training in and experience with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) techniques is highly preferred

* A demonstrated level of consistency in performance and aptitude for managing additional responsibility and accountability are required for next level consideration


* Demonstrate ability to process and characterize incoming biological reagents such as proteins and antibodies according to company procedures

* Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical background

* Demonstrate understanding and ability to execute assay and reagent troubleshooting, optimization and validation experiments with supervision

* Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with personnel at all levels

o Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data

* 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

* 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


* Up to 75 % 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 o May involve handling of BSL-2 materials and organisms including human blood and/or blood products.

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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