Research Associate III - Alameda, CA | Biospace
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Research Associate III


Alameda, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

Corporate Mission:

Singulex is a commercial stage, privately held company pioneering Next Generation immunodiagnostics (NGI). Singulex’s provides unprecedented ultra-sensitivity in the precision measurement of biomarkers. Such reliable ultra-sensitive accuracy provides definitive health status answers for physicians and patients resulting in improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare cost, without reducing delivery of care. Powered by SMCTM  technology, the company’s NGI commercial offerings are transforming patient care from reactive disease treatment to proactive health management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Demonstrates in-depth understanding and application of the technology encompassed in and practiced with the Singulex assays as well as basic immunoassay principles in planning, executing and evaluating experiments.  Performs assays and data analysis with minimal supervision.  
Operates lab instruments according to established procedures and prepares reagents as needed.
Analyzes human specimens (blood, serum and plasma) for specific analytes using Singulex or other immunoassays.
May be required to work non-standard hours; for example second shift, some weekends
With consultation may design and conduct product development experiments, assay optimization and scale-up tasks as part of a group effort coordinated by senior members of the team. May also, with consultation, be involved in planning, execution and documentation of experiments that support feasibility investigations for newly proposed projects.
Critically analyzes, summarizes and reports data generated from experiments, draws conclusions from experimental results and recommends and executes required follow-up actions with consideration of prior experimental findings (self and others) with minimal supervision.  Proposes new studies or investigations based on findings and efforts in relation to project needs.  May work on independent projects.
Presents data at Team meetings or to small focus groups that may include representatives from other departments and/or outside parties, and participates in brainstorming and troubleshooting sessions within or between teams, offering and implementing solutions to problems.
Ensures compliance with and begins to implement the requirements of working in a regulated environment, assuring adherence to various requirements including Design Control, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).  Utilizes knowledge of basic scientific principles to assess experimental responsibilities and demonstrates a clear understanding of and applies the principles, requirements and practices of Product Development.
Performs and is involved in the planning and documentation of verification activities to ensure that newly developed products meet the pre-determined product specifications, and all applicable requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Quality Systems Regulations (QSR), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and CE mark.
May facilitate the transfer of Diagnostic Product Development processes to Manufacturing/Operations and is involved in completion and release of enabling documentation for newly developed products by ensuring all relevant technical information is incorporated into the appropriate documents.
Maintains familiarity with current technology related information and/or literature and conducts project related information searches and may be involved in extensive literature searches.
Trains others in laboratory procedures and processes, and in the design, execution and analysis of experiments.   Provides feedback to Supervisor on training progress.
Performs and may oversee general laboratory tasks such as reagent preparation, inventory, laboratory clean up and organization of work.
Performs other duties and assumes additional departmental responsibilities as required.  Performs other assignments and tasks as directed.
Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills within and between departments. Maintains appropriate laboratory records, notebooks, and other formal company documentation, as required.
Works under minimal supervision, receiving no instructions on routine work, general instructions on new assignments, and detailed instructions or training on new applications or responsibilities
Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors, and exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies to determine appropriate conclusion and follow up action.



BS or MS  in Biological Sciences (e.g. biology, biotechnology, immunology, cell biology, biochemistry).
3-5 (MS), 5-8 (BS) years industry experience in a regulated environment (In-Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) and immunoassay development experience preferred).
Good understanding of immunoassay methods used for protein analysis (i.e. EIA, bead (e.g., Luminex platform), ECL, ELISA).
Must have strong written and verbal communication skills with a good level of computer literacy.
Experience with Excel, PowerPoint, and Word programs.
Clear understanding of the technology and components involved in the Singulex assays.

Personal Characteristics:

Excellent cross-functional team participation skills.
Consistently displays a positive, patient attitude and extends respect and courtesy toward Supervisors and peers alike.
Highly organized and detail-oriented.
Results and goals oriented.
Excellent written and oral communications.
Ability to work in a fast-paced and changing environment; flexible and quickly adaptable to changing priorities.
Ability to inculcate the Singulex “Top-5” core values and serve as positive example to team members and others within the organization.
Effective personal communication skills, shares knowledge with excellent training skills.
Having integrity and a strong work ethic.
Passionate for both personal and corporate success.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.
Commitment to quality.
Enthusiasm, attention to detail, the ability to meet aggressive deadlines, and ability to work effectively with others in a fast paced, highly-productive environment.