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Senior Research Associate



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Great opportunity with a leading cancer diagnostics company in Cambridge MA!


Position Overview

The Research Associate, with some guidance from more experienced scientists, works on projects which are moderate to complex in scope. The Research Associate participates in planning of projects and experiments and is responsible for the execution of experiments and analysis of data. Working in a team setting, the Research Associate will primarily be involved in Research and Development projects actively participating in translating research ideas and concepts into the product development pipeline towards development of diagnostic assay products.

Essential Duties include but are not limited to the following:

• Conduct bench level experiments within a specific product or technology area and identifies problems and discrepancies.

• With some guidance, plan and analyze results of bench level experiments within a specific product or technology area.

• Operate scientific instrumentation related to performance of duties and notify appropriate personnel of any problems.

• Effectively utilize and apply methods or technologies and provide ideas for new techniques, when appropriate.

• Maintain knowledge of technological industry developments that could assist in completion of an assignment or aid in the development of new processes or procedures.

• Provide technical input and participates in decisions affecting project planning and experimental design.

• Prepare and provide information and generate data for scientific abstracts/conferences/project meetings/publications.

• Follow research plans and experimental outlines to write experimental protocols and perform laboratory experiments.

• Maintain lab notebook in a complete and consistent manner, following all legal, ISO, and QSR requirements, as well as keeping clear and complete.

• Prepare reports and documentation providing the analysis or summarization of experimental results and outcomes to supervisor, technical teams/groups, or project teams.

• Present experimental results, scientific ideas and findings, information, and updates at project or departmental meetings.

• Present clear project summaries and outcomes in written and verbal formats to supervisor and other members of the scientific team.

• Work on problems of diverse scope in which analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.

• Work on individual assignments and with project team members, as appropriate, to meet department and project objectives.

• Work within project timeframes that are established collaboratively by team members.

• Exercise discretion and independent judgement to interpret results, analyze data, and present findings in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

• Ability to train and mentor junior level research associates.

• Ability to organize, present, and convey moderate problems or issues.

• Ability to communicate clearly with supervisor and group members.

• Excellent presentation skills.

• Ability to collaborate and work effectively within team and department.

• Strong attention to detail skills.

• Ability to effectively work on several varied projects at one time, with frequent changing priorities.

• Successful in analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills.

• Successful in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought.

• Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.

• Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.

• Regular and reliable attendance.

• Ability to work nights and/or weekends, as needed.

• Ability to lift to 20 pounds for approximately 5% of a typical working day.

• Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.

• Ability to grasp with both hands; pinch with thumb and forefinger; turn with hand/arm; reach above shoulder height.

• Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.

• Ability to use various types of laboratory equipment including microscopes, microtomes, blades, strainers, pipettes for extended periods of time.

• May perform repetitious actions using lab tools.

• Ability to use near vision to view samples at close range.

• May be exposed to hazardous materials, tissue specimens and instruments with moving parts, lasers, heating and freezing elements, and high-speed centrifugation.


Biology, Molecular, molecular biology, pipetting, laboratory, gmp, microsoft office, QC Reagents, Sample Processing, research, molecular assays, Cancer Diagnostics, agile software, next generation sequencing, NGS

Additional Skills & Qualifications:


• Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Chemical/Physical/Biological Science, or related field.

• 3+ years of relevant experience.

• 2+ years of hands-on experience in molecular biology and /or biochemical techniques.

• Basic understanding of GMP, ISO, and Quality Systems.

• Demonstrated ability to apply statistical and mathematical methods in biology/genetics/genomics.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

About Actalent:

Actalent connects passion with purpose. Our scalable talent solutions and services capabilities drive value and results and provide the expertise to help our customers achieve more. Every day, our experts around the globe are making an impact. We’re supporting critical initiatives in engineering and sciences that advance how companies serve the world. Actalent promotes consultant care and engagement through experiences that enable continuous development. Our people are the difference. Actalent is an operating company of Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions.

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.

Contact Information

Recruiter: Jean Chambers

Phone: (410) 579-3072


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