Research Assistant - Immunochemistry ELISA

Job Location: 
Chantilly, VA
Job Description: 

Research Assistant - Immunochemistry
Chantilly, VA

The Research Assistant analyzes biological or chemical samples and/or develops/validates methodologies for various compounds and components in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and regulatory agency guidelines. Ideal candidates will have experience with ELISAs.

Duties and Responsibilities:
- Organizes, conducts and evaluates analytical results and testing.
- Maintains study documentation and laboratory records.
- Independently sets-up, maintains, operates and performs routine and non-routine maintenance on general equipment.
- Performs quality control review of data.
- Informs Study Director, Principal Investigator and/or management of any problems and/or deviations that may affect integrity of the data; participates in corrective action of problems.
- Promotes a cohesive team environment.
- Assists in setting up and performing method development and validation of various analytes in a variety of matrices.
- Makes suggestions for modifications in test methods or procedures.
- Provides input and participates in project meetings, plans, monitors and guides project work.
- Ability to serve as lead chemist on projects, overseeing a small group of technical staff, with supervision.
- Maintains a clean and safe laboratory work environment.
- Trains and assists less experienced staff.
- Participates in client visits as needed, assists in communicating technical information.
- Participates in process improvement initiatives.
- Assists in evaluation of data for incorporation into written reports.
- Effectively plans and utilizes personnel and resources for timely completion of assigned projects.
- Assists in writing reports, methods, protocols and SOPs.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.

- Bachelor of Science/Arts (BS/BA) degree in chemistry or related scientific field
- Experience may be substituted for education.
- Ability to perform basic computer skills (e.g., Word, Excel).
Experience - 3 - 4 years related or relevant laboratory experience required with a BS/BA degree or 5 - 6 years experience with an AAS degree.
- Familiar with the use of standard laboratory equipment (e.g., balances, pipettes, centrifuges).
- Experience with analytical instrumentation.
- Acts as a technical resource for the department (trouble shooting, method development, qualification, maintenance and training).
- Maintains and operates laboratory equipment, including problem identification and resolution.
- Evaluates data for incorporation into written reports.
- Completes project assignments on time with minimal supervision.
- Knowledgeable on a variety of study types, analysis procedures and methodology.
- Able to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing.
- Acts as a project leader with guidance as needed.
- Able to perform complex analysis using unfamiliar or new methods.
- Ability to assist in the preparation of relevant sections of final reports.
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