Research Associate - Assay Development Preclinical Research & Development

Job Title
Research Associate - Assay Development Preclinical Research & Development
Job ID
Gainesville Area,  FL 32615
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The Research Associate Assay Development Preclinical Research and Development is responsible for support of the Assay Development team by developing,qualifying and troubleshooting quantitative, semi-quantitative, and qualitative assays in support of research, nonclinical, and clinical programs. 

Reporting Relationship

  • The Research Associate will report directly to the Supervisor, Assay Development Preclinical Research & Development

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and qualify new assay methods in support of IND enabling non-clinical animal studies, including in vitro cell-based assays, immunoassays, and molecular assays.
  • Plan strategies for and participate in the development, qualification, and transfer of quantitative and semi-quantitative bioanalytical methods to support product release
  • May assist in preparing technology transfer, assay validation and clinical sample testing at CROs
  • Conduct routine assays and procedures in support of manufacturing activities for generation of viral vectors for animal studies
  • Conduct testing of samples from animal studies, including but not limited to performing dose analysis testing for research studies, developing and troubleshooting routine R&D sample test methods
  • Perform stability testing for critical reagents used for assays in validation phase
  • Plan, execute, and troubleshoot experiments
  • Collect, analyze, record, and summarize data
  • Write and/or review SOPs, technical reports and study reports
  • Maintain relevant laboratory supplies and equipment as needed
  • Present scientific results at appropriate meetings
  • Observe and comply with AGTC’s Employee manual and Safety and Quality manual
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety, OSHA policies, and EPA standards

Educational Qualifications

  • A B.S. with 2+ years of experience or M.S. with a degree in biological science.

Additional Qualifications

  • Advanced proficiency in basic biological laboratory techniques, including ELISA, immunoblot, PCR, mammalian cell culture, and transfection
  • Ability to design and develop new assay methods with minimal supervision
  • 2+ years of industrial experience in assay development is highly desirable
  • Understanding/working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Hands-on laboratory experience in immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, virology or related areas.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work as a team player, as well as independently.
  • May perform on the job training for other members of R&D
  • Detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills

Measures of Performance

  • An initial Performance Review will be completed three months from hire date.
  • After initial PR, reviews will be conducted annually within 60 days of the Company’s fiscal year end
  • Weekly 1:1 meetings will be conducted with the Supervisor, Assay Development Preclinical Research & Development

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