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Research Associate II - Molecular Biology

SeraCare LIfe Sciences
Job Location
910 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
United States

BENEFITS: The position is full-time, with competitive pay, excellent benefits including medical, dental & vision, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), Life Insurance, STD/LTD and a 401(k) plan with a match. SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V

Job Description

ROLE MISSION:Advance SeraCare’s purpose of understanding disease by supporting the research and development of new precision diagnostic products.  Support includes independently performing routine and non-routine applications of cellular/molecular genetic technology to quantitate and manipulate genetic material.

  • Perform general molecular techniques such as nucleic acid purification, gel-electrophoresis, RNA transcription, cell culture, and bacterial culture.
  • Perform nucleic acid analysis (RNA/DNA integrity analysis, real time qPCR, digital PCR) and analyze results.
  • Culture cells using aseptic techniques.  Introduce nucleic acids into cultured cells.
  • Prepare and assess NGS libraries for sequencing.
  • Organize projects and data using Excel, Word, PowerPoint and a document control system (EtQ).
  • Work with supervisor to plan and execute proof of concept experiments as assigned according to the timelines and ensure documentation meets GLP/GMP requirements.
  • Record test results and data records, seek appropriate approval and file according to established procedures.
  • Maintain, calibrate and operate equipment according to established protocols. Monitorequipment for appropriate operation within set parameters and refer abnormal results to lab management.
  • Plan for raw material requirements by maintaining appropriate inventory of reagents and ordering reagents as needed through an ERP system (SAP).
  • Maintain a clean and safe lab environment.


  • A recent master’s degree in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology or a related field within the last year.
  • Experience in Molecular Biology techniques such as DNA/RNA Purification and quantitation, PCR (Endpoint or Real time PCR), DNA/RNA electrophoresis.
  • First-hand experience with aseptic techniques.
  • Software experience: Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Analytic skills: Perform preliminary data interpretation/analysis. Follow SOPs.


  • Critical thinker who can analyze date and respond quickly.
  • Ability to manage and complete projects as assigned.
  • Ability to be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills.


  • Engaged and committed team professional who is committed for product development.
  • Passion for continuous improvement.
  • Can work on diverse projects as requested.
  • Collaborates effectively with others.
  • Independent thinker and self-learner.
About Our Organization

LGC Standards is one of three divisions which make up LGC Group, a UK headquartered life sciences measurement and testing business with >£400m of annual revenue and >2,500 employees globally.The acquisition of SeraCare Life Sciences in November 2018 has supported the creation of a new Clinical Diagnostics Business Unit within LGC Standards. The Clinical Diagnostics Business Unit (or “CDX BU”) includes LGC Maine Standards Company (acquired by LGC in November 2015) and SeraCare Life Sciences and incorporates activities across three sites, namely:

  • The LGC Maine Standards Company site in Cumberland Foreside, Maine, which focuses on the manufacturing of clinical calibration verification materials
  • The SeraCare Life Sciences site in Milford, Massachusetts, which focuses on the design, development, manufacture and distribution of RUO and IVD reagents, bulk serum, plasma, specialty biologics and detection system products
  • The SeraCare Life Sciences site in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which focuses on manufacturing of intermediate products and select RUO products, QC testing, distribution of RUO products and customer / technical service for KPL branded products

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