Research Associate / Senior Research Associate

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POST DATE 8/23/2016
END DATE 10/24/2016

ATCC Gaithersburg, MD

Gaithersburg, MD
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)


Founded in 1925, American Type Culture Collection is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.

The Research Associate / Senior Research Associate performs a variety of laboratory procedures requiring accuracy, judgment and technical proficiency under moderate supervision. The incumbent complies with all ATCC corporate policies and procedures.

This position reports to a Scientist or Senior Scientist.

Key duties:
Adheres to appropriate quality guidelines.
Follows relevant SOPs and procedures under limited supervision.
Receives and follows work orders, completing work as scheduled.
Communicates effectively with supervisor and others as appropriate on work status.
Performs viability and purity checks on biological materials.
Prepares and/or propagates biological materials.
Maintains knowledge of corporate and program policies and procedures.
Performs appropriate authentication/characterization procedures, as appropriate.
Monitors and reports on levels of departmental supplies.
Provides input in the development of SOPs and departmental documentation.
Recognizes key characteristics of products within relevant area of specialty.
Actively acquires new lab skills and specialized knowledge.
Reads and understands relevant scientific literature, as required.
Summarizes data and draws meaningful conclusions and presents results in an appropriate format.
Performs and documents appropriate action for non-conforming process or products under limited supervision.
Enters data in notebooks, batch records or advanced databases.
Participates in technology transfer within ATCC.
Offers suggestions for and contributes to optimization of processes.
Assists in training others in basic laboratory and departmental procedures, as requested.
Monitors laboratory equipment and reports issues if equipment is not functioning within appropriate specifications.
Performs other duties as assigned.