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Scientist 1 - In Vitro Lab

Southern Research
Birmingham, AL
Start date
Mar 25, 2023

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Research, Laboratory
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

Scientist 1 - In Vitro Lab

General Summary

This position is responsible for designing, validating, and performing a broad range of advanced tests and procedures using standard scientific techniques and methods; and recording, analyzing and reporting results. The Scientist I will apply advanced scientific knowledge, laboratory methods, and techniques to resolve complex problems. This position will support project work led by senior level staff and provide guidance to junior scientists and researchers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops assays and designs experiment for in vitro studies.
  • Prepares and performs experimental procedures independently.
  • Collects and analyzes data for review by management, utilizing sophisticated spreadsheets and statistical analysis software.
  • Reviews work tasks completed by team members to ensure work meets quality standards.
  • Presents the data and analysis clearly and accurately to the client or colleagues virtually or in-person.
  • May function as a group leader for less experienced in-vitro group members.
  • Trains less experienced and new team members on all relevant laboratory techniques in BLS-2 and BSL-3 facilities.
  • Provides resolutions to a diverse range of problems and resolves problems requiring the application of standard procedures and techniques.
  • Conducts experimental procedures following Standard Operating Procedures, Good Laboratory Practices and study protocols.
  • Performs sample management timely and accurately.
  • Participates in all required GLP training.
  • Exercises judgment in conducting experimental procedures, recognizing deviations from expected results and postulating sources of deviations.
  • Prepares reports, assist with preparing proposals and grants.
  • Performs all work tasks following laboratory safety requirements.
  • Assists manager in scheduling work assignments and monitoring
  • Participates in revising SR forms and SOP's as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as required by their supervisor.

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

  • Education and experience required:
    • Ph.D. in Biology, Microbiology or related discipline; or
    • MS degree in Biology, Microbiology or related discipline and 7 years' relevant lab experience; or
    • BS degree in Biology, Microbiology or related discipline and 10 years' relevant lab experience; or
    • Associate's degree and 13 years' relevant lab experience.
  • Capable of assay development and validation.
  • Proficiency in using relevant lab equipment.
  • Ability to work in a Biosafety Lab Level 2 and 3 environments.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills including correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Detail oriented; possess good planning and organizational skills; inquisitive; takes direction well.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Windows, Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Strong organization skills and capable of multi-tasking.

This position requires the ability to meet all entry requirements, including medical and vaccination requirements for work in both an ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 laboratory environment. Immunizations are required for this position and are determined by the study/agent. Some examples include Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Smallpox, Polio, and Influenza.

Work Environment & Conditions

This position is in a laboratory environment and requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including (but not limited to):

  • Eye protection (Safety glasses and/or full-face shield)
  • Respirator (varies based on tasks and barrier requirements)
  • Tyvek/scrub suits
  • Nitrile (or equivalent) gloves (varies based on tasks)
  • Hearing protection (varies based on tasks)

Immunizations are required for this position and are determined by the study/agent.  Some examples include Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Smallpox, Polio, and Influenza.

Physical Demands

This position requires the following physical abilities including (but not limited to):

  • Performing work with utilizing a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
  • Standing for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.

Certifications, Licenses & Registrations

No certifications are required; however, training includes Good Laboratory Practices and annual training on safe handling of viruses. Radiation safety training may be required depending upon the assays utilized.


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