Monday, September 16, 2013

Scientist I

Scientist I Production
Requisition ID:13752BR
Roles & Responsibilities: Use of advanced laboratory skills in biochemistry and cell biology or a related field to complete production and QC of biochemical assay, cell based assay and protein products in accordance with the production schedule and processes, with an advanced understanding of related technical processes. Responsible for recording and documenting detailed observations during production work in batch records, notebooks, reports and work order documents following good documentation practices. Able to analyze the data to ensure production/QC is within expected operating parameters, and where needed, design troubleshooting experiments to identify and solve technical problems in production/QC. Responsible for conducting maintenance and support of all laboratory equipment and components such as detection or automation instruments. Contribute ideas and lead projects and/or teams aimed at improving and optimizing existing standard laboratory techniques, processes, protocols and equipment. Drive productivity improvements and efficiencies in the laboratory environment to deliver cost savings in the manufacturing department. Responsible for updating product protocols and SOPs as existing laboratory and product processes change. Responsible for training peers and offering technical guidance to team members. Respond quickly to changing priorities and handle multiple projects at once, with overlapping deadlines. Responsible for maintaining, tracking and ordering supplies to ensure reagents are available to complete projects with a rapid turnaround. Interact with supply chain members to ensure quality of raw materials received. Responsible for ERP data management, reports and work order documents. Display strong interpersonal skills in working with team members. Comply with all company safety regulations and procedures. Comply with the company’s commitment to quality by documenting and advising team members of factors that may impact product quality. May be required to perform other related duties as required and/or assigned.
Nature and Scope: Position exercises judgment within defined practices, procedures and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Perform duties independently with only general direction from supervisor. Understand the importance of the position toward the Company’s objectives. Job encounters recurring work situations with occasional variations from the norm, involving a moderate to high degree of complexity. Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors. Accuracy is required in performing all functions of this position.
Education: Requires a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemistry or other related discipline, or the equivalent knowledge and experience. Masters degree in a specific scientific discipline is desirable.
Experience/Requirements: Requires a minimum of 3 years laboratory experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or 2 years experience with a Master’s Degree. A thorough knowledge of experimental design and demonstrated competence in utilizing new techniques, procedures and technologies to drive process improvements is required. Excellent verbal/written communication skills and strong computer skills in Excel are required. Must be a self-motivated individual that can function both independently, as well as part of a team. The individual should have a keen sense of urgency to get the job done, excellent lab hands and attention to detail, positive behavioral skills and be flexible to rapidly changing priorities. Previous experience with cell culture and/or protein purification is a plus.
Working Conditions: Works in a laboratory environment with specialized equipment and will be required to periodically operate automated and semi-automated equipment. May be required to sit or stand for long periods of time while performing duties and may require lifting upwards of 40lbs. Must be able to work overtime and flexible shifts as business demands.

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