Scientist I

Meso Scale Discovery Gaithersburg, MD

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.


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 requirementsRequirementsEXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

* Ph.D. in Life Sciences, Engineering or related field

* Minimum of two years laboratory experience with proven hands-on technical abilities

o 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

o 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

o Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data

o Effectively communicate performance goals and expectations

* Proficiency in MS Office Suite

o 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

o May involve handling of BSL-2 materials and organisms including human blood and/or blood products on occasion

* Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

* Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

* The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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