Scientist I

Meso Scale Diagnostics - Gaithersburg, MD2.9

Full-timeEstimated: $67,000 - $94,000 a year
POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for product development in the form of assays, reagents and/or instruments utilized in various disciplines within the clinical or life science research fields. Independently designing and executing experiments, analyzing resulting data and presenting findings in a clear and concise manner will be among the principle responsibilities a Scientist is accountable for. Documentation duties will include keeping detailed records of experiments and product development, writing procedures, and preparing experimental summaries. This position may supervise the work of others directly and/or across interdisciplinary teams. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Bench Research/Hands-on laboratory work • Experiment planning and associated product documentation • Conduct experiments, analyze and critically review resulting data • Procure reagents and equipment • Understand and follow laboratory safety precautions and ensure compliance with company safety policies o May work with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) materials such as viruses, bacteria and/or human clinical matrices (e.g. serum and plasma) • Participate in general lab maintenance Computer/desk work • Prepare product documentation including summary reports • Troubleshoot and optimize experiments; communicate issues and solutions to managers • Write SOPs and assemble batch records • Present results to colleagues • Research new methods and train laboratory personnel Cross-functional Coordination • Coordinate with other groups within the company • May manage and coordinate the activities of Research Associates o This may include a team of direct reports Specific duties may vary depending upon departmental requirements

Ph.D. in Life Sciences, Engineering or related field
Minimum of two years laboratory experience with proven hands-on technical abilities
M.S. may be considered with additional years of experience
Excellent academic record and strong scientific fundamentals
Independent research experience
Experience with protein chemistry, immunology and immunoassays is desired
Training and experience with BSL-2 techniques is desired
Industry experience, including experience with quality systems, is desired
Management experience highly preferred
A demonstrated level of consistency in performance and aptitude for managing additional responsibility and accountability are required for next level consideration

Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical background
Logical problem solving and demonstrated ability to organize and move project tasks forward in an orderly and structured fashion
Demonstrate ability to process and characterize incoming proteins and antibodies according to company procedures
Demonstrate ability to independently design and execute assay and reagent troubleshooting, optimization and validation experiments
Excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills are required
Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data
Effectively communicate performance goals and expectations
Proficiency in MS Office Suite
Experience with standard data analysis tools (Excel, GraphPad Prism) and the quantitative background to advance this knowledge on the job is expected
A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected including the ability to multi-task in an environment with changing priorities

Up to 70 % of the day may be spent at a lab bench
There are aspects of the positions duties that require a person in this role to work at heights above four (4) feet on occasion
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs

Laboratory environment working with chemical reagents and performing some Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) work
May involve handling of BSL-2 materials and organisms including human blood and/or blood products on occasion