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Research Associate III 7/13/2018

Meso Scale Diagnostics Gaithersburg, MD

Gaithersburg, MD
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A Research Associate III (RA III) is responsible for independently designing and executing experiments and analyzing the resulting data in support of reagent and assay development projects. The RA III may also be responsible utilizing various techniques for biomarker assay and/or reagent development or target validation using cell lysates, CSF, serum or plasma. This is a laboratory position performing protein-based immunoassays on a routine basis with relatively high throughput (3-10 plates per day).

The RA III is expected to be able to lead and/or direct the work of others, to include establishing the scope of work assignments, experiments and work schedules/deadlines. The RA III is expected to be able to independently manage multiple projects. The incumbent is expected to display a wide-degree of latitude, creativity and self-management in addition to providing oversight and guidance to other team members as needed.


Plan experiments, analyze data and present that data clearly
o Complete appropriate 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, analyzing data and documenting results
o Regular presentation of results and contribution to scientific efforts of the group.
Participation in general lab maintenance 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 Some projects require running assays with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) samples such as human serum and plasma
o RA III should feel comfortable handling or being trained to handle BSL-2 samples and work in a Biological Safety Cabinet
Incumbents may be required to develop and implement SOPs as well as participate as a time member in developing new documentation for the department
This role may supervise the work of others in all aforementioned areas of productivity and effectiveness
o Responsible for supporting, mentoring and documenting performance evaluation for those they supervise
o May be responsible for training and development of laboratory personnel
Specific duties may vary depending upon departmental requirements