Careers

Careers2021-04-20T16:20:07+00:00

Associate Scientist

VRL-Maryland
401 Professional Drive, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

OVERVIEW:

Opportunity for an experienced individual with assay development knowledge. The Assay Development Associate Scientist will develop new assays and technologies for diagnostic and health monitoring services. He/she will produce diagnostic reagents and manage the reagents inventory. He/she will make scientific observations, maintain detailed workbooks and documentation, and ensure all documentation fulfills regulatory standards. He/she will maintain an understanding of technological principles and applications of the organization’s test services.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • MS degree in biology, biochemistry, or other life science, with 2-4 years of laboratory experience.
  • Experience in cell culture and aseptic processing including basic cell culture lab techniques such as cell passaging, cryopreservation, formulation of media, cell counting, among others
  • Experience in developing immunoassays and molecular based assays
  • Proficiency in ELISA, IFA, Western Blot, PCR
  • Luminex experience a plus
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize duties, and carry through with all steps needed to complete each function
  • Ability to clearly identify and communicate concerns in a timely fashion

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / TASKS:

  • Develop assays for detection of viruses and bacteria, both immunoassays and molecular assays
  • Produce and qualify antigens and antibodies for internal use and commercial sales
  • Produce kits for internal use and commercial sales
  • Manage inventory of cell lines, viruses, and bacteria
  • Support the diagnostic group with hands on approach and knowledge
  • Follow SOPs and relevant compliance regulations regarding safety procedures, documentation, and scientific responsibility
  • Independently analyzes data and interprets results
  • Advise supervisor of factors that may affect quality and usefulness of data
  • Contribute ideas and suggestions to improve standard laboratory techniques, protocols, processes, and equipment
  • Demonstrate consistently good communication and interpersonal skills with employees, management, and clients (where applicable)
  • Assist in writing/reviewing SOPs
  • Use and maintain scientific equipment, instrumentation, and computer systems

Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Email your résumé to Dennis Pitts at dennis.pitts@vrl.net. Please use the subject line, “VRL Careers”.