Job ID R-443868 Date posted 07/28/2022 Apply

R&D Reagent Research Associate- Onsite

Job Description Summary

Job Description

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BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. We have over 65,000 employees and a presence in virtually every country around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues.

Come work for the Maryland Tech Council’s Life Sciences Company of the Year 2022! Our leadership has a vision driven by innovation—innovations that start with our associates in Maryland and are helping patients around the world.

BD is seeking a Reagent Research Associate to work within a team that develops new point-of-care assays for human in vitro diagnostic use. The Reagent Research Associate supports various R&D assay development teams and is principally responsible for the formulation, organization, and quality control of assay raw materials, amplification master mixes, buffers, and consumables.  The associate applies good laboratory practice and analytical skills to manage the overall reagent inventory, and material output and works with other team members to resolve technical challenges.  Works under the direction of Senior Reagent Scientists or above.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports the management raw material inventory and initiates resupply orders as needed.

  • Receives, aliquots, and labels incoming raw materials and processes CoA’s in accordance with Quality Policy.

  • Monitors freezers and refrigerators to ensure proper storage conditions are maintained.

  • Prepares various molecular biology reaction buffers, demonstrating GLP/GMP standards.

  • Assists in optimization and re-formulation of buffers to meet product development requirements.

  • Formulates and lyophilizes master mixes for Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs).

  • Supports the maintainence and leads associated equipment (e.g. Lyophilizers, spectrophotometers, refractometers, etc.).

  • Assists in the optimization of lyophilization protocols.

  • Utilizes a broad range of practical techniques in molecular biology and chemistry for material formulation.

  • Supports the development and/or adaptation of relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Maintains familiarity of molecular diagnostics methodologies and demonstrate this knowledge within responsibility areas.

  • Provides technical input based on experience to colleagues and provides support to other functional groups.

  • May assist with product quality investigations.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Skilled with a variety of complex laboratory procedures and instruments.

  • Proven ability to formulate Master mixes for DNA/RNA amplification methodologies

  • Skilled in Microsoft Excel to aid in generating various formulations

  • Familiarity of lyophilization processes, and the application of lyophilization to molecular biology reagents

  • Proven ability to work effectively within a team, under direction, and independently.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of BS or BA degree in Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related subject area. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant academic, clinical, or industry lab work required.

  • Work experience in a laboratory requiring meticulous technique in the formulation of contamination-free, molecular grade buffers and amplification master mixes.

  • Experience in diagnostic product development under Design Control is preferred.

  • Experience working in a cGMP environment is preferred.

For certain roles at BD, employment is contingent upon the Company’s receipt of sufficient proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In some locations, testing for COVID-19 may be available and/or required. Consistent with BD’s Workplace Accommodations Policy, requests for accommodation will be considered pursuant to applicable law.

Why join us?

A career at BD means being part of a team that values your opinions and contributions and that empowers you to bring your authentic self to work. Here our associates can fulfill their life’s purpose through the work that they do every day.

You will learn and work alongside inspirational leaders and colleagues who are equally passionate and committed to fostering an inclusive, growth-centered, and rewarding culture. Our Total Rewards program — which includes competitive pay, benefits, continuous learning, recognition, career growth, and life balance components — is designed to support the varying needs of our diverse and global associates.

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