Research Associate

Job Description
Category: R & D - DHI

Description: The Research Associate conducts scientific research under the supervision of the Director of R&D by following and contributing to the strategic plan to help the development and transfer of new diagnostic products and technologies to the commercialization phase.


Performs bench research for the execution of strategic scientific R&D projects to achieve technical objectives.

Analyzes, interprets and integrates experimental results.

Prepares technical reports, product summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses.

Organization Relationships

Reports directly to an Associate Director R&D, or a Director, R&D

May participate in commercialization teams during the transfer of intellectual property and new or improved products.

Has no supervisory responsibility.

Education and Training
The qualified candidate has:

Masters degree in a relevant field of Biological Science: Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or Chemistry with five years of experience in a relevant field of biological sciences preferred, or a Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field of Biological Science: Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or Chemistry with 10 years of R&D experience in a relevant field of Biological Sciences.

Technical Requirements

Real-time PCR instrumentation and RT-PCR techniques including SYBR Green, TaqMan, Plexor and other chemistry platforms with the ability to apply real-time PCR techniques in the areas of gene expression, SNP analysis and identification and typing of viruses preferred.

Knowledge of GLP and QSOP processes preferred.

Strong working knowledge of NCBI database and other molecular biology related software programs such as Clone Manager preferred.

Experience with statistical software packages such as Graph Pad and Sigma Plot preferred.

Computer skills including working knowledge of e-mail, word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation software.

The ability to evaluate new techniques and procedures for manufacturing products.

Excellent organizational, trouble-shooting, time management and communication skills.

The ability to work independently and as a significant team contributor.

Data organization, analysis and presentation skills.

The ability to follow written protocols and verbal instructions.

Excellent writing skills and the ability to write result summaries, reports, abstracts and manuscripts.

Knowledge of working in a one-way work flow, clean PCR environment preferred.

Knowledge of RNase free technique preferred.

Experience with nucleotide sequence analysis preferred.

Experience with primer and probe development and knowledge of various fluorophores preferred.

Experience with Vector construction and associated molecular biology techniques preferred.

Experience with bacterial and mammalian cell culture preferred.

Experience with the manipulation and processing of viruses, infected cell cultures and viral lysates preferred.

Experience with Level 2 Biosafety preferred.

The ability to draft protocols and SOPs preferred.

Physical Requirements

Handling of blood borne pathogens (viral and bacterial) as well as infectious or potentially infectious bodily fluids, tissues, and samples.

The work environment characteristics are representative of both an office and laboratory environment.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Standing, sitting, walking, and use of hands and fingers.


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