The Clinical Services Program’s (CSP) primary mission is to perform sequential studies using samples obtained from patients with cancer, AIDS, chronic granulomatous disease or other diseases associated with immunologic dysfunction, as well as to monitor viral load in patients with HIV.
JOB DESCRIPTION/BASIC FUNCTION
The Associate Scientist will be responsible for the supervision of the day-to-day operations of the Laboratory.
Specific Responsibilities include:
Planning, development, operation, recording, and reporting all steps of new test development, validations and/ or updated processes or platforms
Independently identifying and solving problems associated with research and clinical assays, including initial troubleshooting of instrumentation
Working with the Laboratory Head, and with supervisory staff in other laboratory groups, to identify project requirements, coordinate implementation of trial support and work independently to achieve project goals
Performing laboratory testing, data review, preparation of formal data reports for submission to customers, and for presentation at laboratory meetings and other organized meetings
Serving as a technical authority of testing in the absence of the laboratory scientists
Executing projects over multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, Immunology, Cell Biology, Microbiology or related Life Sciences field
Performing testing in the CLIA-certified reference laboratory, participating in quality control, quality assurance and troubleshooting activities, and leading testing for special research and development studies
Maintaining laboratory records in compliance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA 1988)
Ensuring documentation of procedure, staff training, competency and other testing related records
To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research or four (4) years of related experience in lieu of degree
Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
A minimum of 10 years related biomedical experience, three (3) years of which must have been at a level of Research Associate III or equivalent in the area of immune monitoring and bio analytical method development and validation.
Knowledge of ELISA and multiplexed cytokine (MDS or Luminex platforms), cellular immunology techniques (i.e. functional cell-based in vitro assays with multiple cell types, ELISPOT, cellular subset isolation)
Knowledge of good laboratory practice, such as following SOPs, writing SOPs, assay validation, equipment performance testing etc.; advanced data reporting techniques, mathematics and statistics
Experience with assay development/validation, advanced proficiency in data analysis, statistical tabulations and data preparation
Ability to independently evaluate the suitability and quality control of research and production assays or tests, analyze and report data
Possess basic laboratory techniques relevant to the specialty area (i.e., sterile procedures, safety procedures, instrument operation, etc.).
Experience with cell-based techniques
Experience with human specimen testing
Experience working in a CLIA /CAP regulated environment
Ability to function independently and as a team member in a specialized research laboratory using sound judgment to perform tasks
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
Master’s degree preferred
Demonstrated ability to trouble shoot assays and take corrective action
Ability to dedicate focused attention to assay performance and notice assay trends
Familiarity with clinical research and clinical assays and other protocol-driven clinical research