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Research Associate

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

Description

A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for over 55 years, bioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions which determine the source of disease and contamination to improve patient health and ensure consumer safety.

 

In North America we have more than 5,000 team members across 11 sites or subsidiaries, including Salt Lake City-based BioFire Diagnostics and one subsidiary in Montreal, Canada.

 

Come and join a family-owned global company with a long-term vision, and a human-centered culture as a Template Control Research Associate!


Job Summary

The Template Control Research Associate (RA) works with a team that formulates DNA and RNA template control components to support the company’s in vitro diagnostic products’ research and development, manufacturing, validations, and quality control efforts. The RA-I will use established methods and techniques to maintain the lab’s DNA and RNA template inventory, perform template manipulations and verification including diluting, aliquoting, mixing, quantitative PCR, quantitative RT-PCR, and FilmArray analysis, perform template and control mix formulations, and dispense template and control mixes to dependent departments in accordance with the company’s quality system. The RA-I will receive general instruction on routine work, perform lab duties with minimal supervision, and receive training and additional instruction for new tasks as needed. Substantial preference will be given to candidates who hold a B.S. in chemistry, biology, or a related field, but exceptional applicants with an Associate’s degree will be given consideration. Strong pipetting skills, attention to detail and organization, and familiarity with Excel and Word are required. Previous lab experience is desired, and familiarity with bioinformatics programs and cGMP compliance is a plus.

 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Perform all work in compliance with company policy and within the guidelines of BFDX’s Quality System.
  2. Perform general lab maintenance duties, conduct experiments, collect data, and keep an accurate record of all work.
  3. Maintain inventory of DNA and RNA template, pouch control mixes, and omega QC mixes.
  4. Utilize sterile technique to perform manipulations and verifications of DNA and RNA templates including diluting, aliquoting, formulating, qPCR, qRT-PCR, and FilmArray analysis.
  5. Utilize sterile technique in working with microorganisms, including liquid and plate cultures, quantification, dilution, and storage.
  6. Dispense controls and omega mixes to dependent departments.
  7. Maintain GMP documents for all work.
  8. Perform duties wearing a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) when required.


Supplemental Data

  1. This role will require strong attention to detail and strong communication skills.
  2. Project and production coordination in conjunction with Template Control Managers and Coordinators within a fast-paced environment.

 

Qualifications

Training and Education

Minimum- Associate’s degree and have exceptional lab experience

Preferred- B.S. in chemistry, biology, or a related field


Experience

0-1 years


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Familiarity with Excel and Word required. Experience in lab work and cGMP compliance is a plus.


Physical Requirements

Must be able to perform duties wearing a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR).

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