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Careers2021-02-12T18:09:07+00:00

Research Technician

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

Reports to: Director of Operations and Scientific Affairs

Overview:

The Research Technician 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.

Key Reponsibilities/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
  • Responsible for having a broad working knowledge of lab policies and assays
  • Conducts pre-designed assays using basic laboratory techniques and skills
  • Independently conducts assigned test procedures within constraints of lab scheduling
  • 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
  • Assist in training new staff members in performance of routine lab tasks
  • Serve as a mentor to junior staff members
  • Use and maintain scientific equipment, instrumentation, and computer systems
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • BS /MS
  • Proficiency in ELISA, IFA, Western Blot, PCR
  • Experience in cell culture and aseptic processing experience is required including basic cell culture lab techniques such as cell passaging, cryopreservation, formulation of media, aseptic technique using a BSC, cell counting, and managing reagents.
  • 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 issues that need to be addressed and to take the necessary steps to avoid future errors
  • Digital literacy

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