Job ID R-412478 Date posted 11/02/2021 Apply

Senior Research Associate - Molecular Point-of-Care

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Job Description Summary:

BD is seeking a Senior Research Associate to work within a team that develops new point-of-care assays for human in vitro diagnostic use, using nucleic acid isolation, amplification, and detection technologies. The Senior Research Associate will assist in the design, development, integration, and qualification of assays and/or specimen processing workflows. The associate applies laboratory, scientific, and analytical skills to complete experiments and resolve technical challenges. Works under the direction of Senior Scientists, Staff Scientists, Sr. Staff Scientists, or above.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Applies a broad range of practical techniques in molecular biology and chemistry.

  • Completes experiments and plans appropriate follow-up experiments.

  • Develops and/or adapts procedures to meet specific objectives and solve problems.

  • Plans, implements, and documents experiments and studies with limited oversight

  • Analyzes and interprets data.

  • Summarizes studies in written and/or oral reports that synthesize results into a working hypothesis and details future experimental plans.

  • Implements protocols for formal verification under Design Control. May draft protocols, reports, and other Design Control deliverables.

  • Responsible for the maintenance of complex laboratory equipment and facilities.

  • Responsible for ordering and maintaining adequate quantities of laboratory supplies.

  • Maintains current knowledge of major and scientific developments in molecular diagnostics, and demonstrates this knowledge within responsibility areas.

  • Provides technical input to other scientists and provides support to other functional groups.

  • Might assist with product quality investigations.

  • Might provide support in execution of clinical studies to validate system performance and assemble data in support of regulatory submissions.

Knowledge and Skills:

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

  • Proven track record to learn new laboratory procedures.

  • Working knowledge of scientific method, experimental design, data analysis, and results interpretation. Understanding of the theory of measurement, sources of error, and comparative advantages of different methodologies.

  • Proficiency in a range of techniques in molecular biology including nucleic acid extraction and amplification is required. Meticulous technique in handling of nucleic acids is required.

  • Validated 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, Bio/Biomedical Engineering, or related field – or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant academic, clinical, or industry lab work required.

  • Work experience in a laboratory requiring meticulous technique in the handling of nucleic acids.

  • Experience in processing clinical specimens for the recovery of nucleic acids, together with a strong background in microbiology, virology, and/or clinical laboratory science is preferred.

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

  • Experience handling infectious biological samples and working in a cGMP environment are preferred.

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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