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Research Associate I/II

Location: Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Bioscience R&D

A family-owned company, bioMérieux has grown to become a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. For almost 60 years and across the world, we have imagined and developed innovative diagnostics solutions to improve public health. Today, our teams are spread across 44 countries and serve 160 countries with the support of a large distribution network. This includes our SLC site, formerly known as BioFire Diagnostics.



The Research Associate I/II is a technical, hourly position with laboratory responsibilities. The RA I/II works to meet deadlines in a dynamic environment and has the temperament to operate proactively and collaboratively in a team in support of research and development activities.

This position will focus on supporting local and/or international development teams with R&D reagent manufacturing and performance checks along with supporting local development teams with molecular experiments and procedures (e.g. nucleic acid extraction, serial dilution, PCR, etc.) with associated collection, analysis, verification, and recording of data in accordance with established protocols, work instruction documents (WIDs), regulations, safety requirements, and the quality system. This position may at times assist the Molecular Biology Program Manager to complete appropriate department projects. Work is primarily collaborative and requires the ability to effectively and respectfully communicate and coordinate with peers and supervisor(s).

The position requires basic laboratory technical skills, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, critical thinking, troubleshooting and problem-solving, and a dedication to the mission and goals of the department and BioFire. A Research Associate I may receive general or detailed instruction and supervision on routine work, and detailed instruction and supervision on new procedures and assignments. 


  • Perform all work in compliance with company policy and within the guidelines of BioFire Diagnostics’ Quality System.
  • Follow policies and procedures and conduct oneself professionally and in accordance with the BioFire Diagnostics Employment Handbook.
  • Ensure data integrity and accurate record-keeping by collecting, recording (laboratory notebooks, formulation paperwork, study worksheets), analyzing, and verifying data in compliance with SOPs, WIDs, and Study Protocols.
  • Use and maintain laboratory equipment, supplies/inventory, lab reagent stocks, and workspaces according to operational, quality control and safety requirements, protocols, SOPs, and WIDs.
  • Formulate chemistry to produce R&D consumables and reagents in a clean formulation laboratory environment while donning Personal Protective Equipment. Manage and maintain stocks of general use reagents in the lab space for use in the formulation process.
  • Execute performance checks for R&D consumables in various stages of the development process. Provide support for local development teams and program manager as needed.
  • Work in a Biosafety Level 2/2(+) environment with potentially pathogenic microbes, patient samples, and body fluids using sterile technique for contamination and infection control.
  • Act as a good lab citizen and team-member. Coordinate and collaborate with supervisors and peers within and across teams and functional groups for routine lab activities, cleaning, equipment use, specific assigned tasks and projects, and sharing of knowledge, skills, and ideas.
  • Participate and contribute to protocol and process development, optimization, revision, and/or execution as well as risk or hazard identification and mitigation; commensurate with knowledge and experience.
  • Train others on laboratory and departmental practices and procedures; commensurate with knowledge and experience.
  • Develop knowledge and skill in time and task management, experimental design and execution, as well as data compilation, analysis, and presentation (written and/or oral) to supervisors and peers.
  • Gain and maintain a working knowledge of current and evolving fields of molecular biology and infectious disease diagnostics.
  • Attend and participate in all assigned meetings, including company and group meetings.
  • Attend and participate in learning and training opportunities.
  • Be curious, communicative, and committed to making ‘Cool Stuff’. 

BioMérieux Inc. and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Please be advised that the receipt of satisfactory responses to reference requests and the provision of satisfactory proof of an applicant’s identity and legal authorization to work in the United States are required of all new hires. Any misrepresentation, falsification, or material omission may result in the failure to receive an offer, the retraction of an offer, or if already hired, dismissal. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation in BioMérieux’s or its affiliates’ application process by contacting us via telephone at (385) 770-1132, by email at [email protected], or by dialing 711 for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

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