Research Associate II/III

20878, Gaithersburg
May 16, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Main Responsibilities:

  • Performs general molecular techniques such as plasmid purification, gel-electrophoresis, DNA/RNA isolation, qPCR, DNA subcloning, Western blot, Elisas, basic cell transfection experiments, and basic flow cytometry.
  • Prepares research summaries, provides input to interpretation of experimental results, and troubleshoots general technical problems.
  • Maintains cell lines for experiments and freezes cells.
  • Ensures all data is appropriately archived; maintains a pristine laboratory notebook detailing all experimental work.
  • Prepares and sends laboratory reagents and supplies for instrument demonstrations to support domestic and international field application scientists.
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others both within and between departments.
  • Uses scientific literature to keep aware of current technologies. Attends and presents results at department meetings and may present at company meetings. 
  • Maintains inventory and orders lab supplies.
  • Maintains, calibrates and operates equipment according to established protocols.   Monitors equipment for appropriate operation within set parameters and refers abnormal results to lab management.
  • Complies with all applicable policies regarding health, safety and environmental policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications:

  • BS in biological sciences and at least 5 years of laboratory experience; or equivalent.
  • Hands on experience in basic molecular biology and biochemical techniques including PCR, immunoassays, and mammalian and insect cell culture.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Works well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to write clear and concise research reports and formally present own work to small groups.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize responsibilities effectively.