Position Description

Research Scientist I or II Research Technician I or II
Organization Eurofins Viracor, Inc.
Location MO, Lee's Summit
Job Code 20291
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RESEARCH SCIENTIST I,II or RESEARCH TECHNICIAN I,II

 

Viracor Eurofins is dedicated to being the leading specialty diagnostics laboratory partner in immunology, infectious disease, and allergy testing.  We offer a range of unique clinical laboratory and biopharmaceutical services and provide exceptional test turnaround times.  More than 4,000 healthcare providers, commercial laboratories, and biopharmaceutical companies rely on us for our unique and convenient services.

 

Viracor Eurofins is searching for a Research Scientist I,II or Research Technician I, II in Lee’s Summit, MO .

 

This is a Full Time position. Schedule is Monday – Friday, 1:00pm- 9:30pm with overtime as needed. Candidates currently living within a commutable distance of Lee’s Summit, Missouri are encouraged to apply.

 

 

Basic Function and Scope of Responsibility: 

The Research Scientist is primarily responsible for conducting research, development, validation and execution of assays to meet the development requirements within corporate/client timelines and cost objectives.

 

 

Employee Responsibilities

Level I – Minimum

Learn new techniques and instrumentation

Implement research plans, designs and testing protocols

Operate, calibrate and maintain all laboratory equipment and instruments according to standard operating procedures to ensure quality results

Keep accurate documentation of all research project steps according to Viracor Eurofins regulatory guidelines

Complete scientific write-ups of results and methods of performed experiments

Accurately prepare, label and store reagents, standards, controls, proficiency testing material and patient specimens for analytical, clinical and biopharma validations analysis and short and long-term storage

Assist in writing validation reports, standard operating procedures and study-specific work instructions

Accurate pipetting and bench-level skills (i.e., pipette standard curves to within accurate limits stated in procedure manual)

Disposes of bio hazardous materials, chemical waste, sharp and other potentially hazardous materials according to policy

Participates in quality assurance/quality improvement activities.  Follows all QC guidelines as stated in the Procedure Manual

Represent department and the organization favorably and in accordance with established Company standards and associate attributes at all times

Other duties as assigned by management

 

Level II – Fully meets the responsibilities of Level I plus the following:

Writes standard operating procedures and study-specific work instructions with minimal assistance

Writes development and validation plans and reports with minimal assistance

Assists in preparation of poster presentations for national scientific meetings

Assist in writing articles and research papers for publications

Assists on the review process of validation documentation: protocols and reports

Assists on establishing clear timelines per assigned projects

Ability to multitask more than one assignment at a given time

Perform literature searches and organize research article databases

As appropriate, communicates with clients within project meetings or independently via email or phone

 

 

The Ideal Candidate would possess:

Level I - Minimum

BA/BS degree required or equivalent experience

0-3 years research and/or clinical laboratory experience, focused on method development

Ability to read, understand, and follow safety and corporate procedures

Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures for research projects or diagnostic method development

Goal oriented, with excellent time management and organizational skills

Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to interact effectively and work efficiently with people at all levels in an organization

Excellent verbal & written communication skills

Keenly attentive to detail

Ability to keep sensitive information confidential

High level of proficiency with PC based software programs

Willing to work with potentially infectious human blood and body fluids

 

Level II – Fully meets the responsibilities of Level I plus the following:

3-6 years research and/or clinical laboratory experience, focused on method development

Ability to carefully plan, organize, coordinate and conduct multiple scientific research projects or diagnostic method development simultaneously

Ability to develop and follow research methodology and practice

 

Basic Function and Scope of Responsibility: 

The Research Technician is primarily responsible for performing laboratory tests and analyses under the direction of a lab manager or research scientist.  Duties include, but are not limited to, specimen management, specimen pipetting, instrument operation/maintenance, data entry, specimen storage, following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and ensuring all laboratory equipment and work areas are clean, sterile, and in proper working order. Applicant may be responsible for calibration of instruments and conducts routine tasks as directed. Works under moderate supervision with some latitude for independent judgment.

 

Employee Responsibilities:

Level I – Minimum

  • Perform sample preparation steps which may include specimen pipetting with a high degree of accuracy and precision
  • Provide support as an intrument operator to both BioPharma and Clinical projects
  • Execute supervised experments adhering to protocols
  • Perform reagent and material preparation for testing
  • Maintain adequate inventory of supplies, reagents and materials needed for testing
  • Document remedial action, troubleshooting, quality assurance activities and instrument maintenance
  • Adhere to established processing timelines
  • Perform data queries of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Backup to Research Lab Assistant as volume / need requires.  For example:
  • Custom labelling of samples
  • Retrieve and catalog samples for testing
  • Properly store specimens for short term and long term storage
  • Perform cleaning and maintenance duties for laboratory spaces and instrumentation
  • Accurately prepare, label and store reagents, standards, controls and patient spcimens for analytical, clinical and biopharma validations analysis and short and long-term storage
  • Calibrate and maintain all assigned laboratory equipment and instruments according to standard operating procedures to ensure quality results
  • Adhere to all quality and safety standards, as well as ensuring compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies
  • Operate all laboratory equipment and instruments according to standard operating procedures to ensure quality results
  • Adhere to policies and protocols in the lab
  • Dispose of bio hazardous materials, chemical waste, sharp and other potentially hazardous materials according to regulations
  • Review daily run documentation for completeness and accuracy with provided reviewer guidelines.
  • Work closely and communicate with other lab associates to complete daily activities efficiently
  • Represent department and the organization favorably and in accordance with established Company standards and associate attributes at all times
  • Other duties as assigned by management

 

Level II – Minimum – Fully meets the responsibilities of Level I plus the following:

  • Learn new techniques and instrumentation
  • Function as an independent instrument operator on multiple platforms for both BioPharma and Clinical projects
  • Execute higher complexity experiments adhering to protocols with limited supervision
  • Trainer of instrument operators
  • Review validation reports, standard operating procedures and study-specific work instructions for completeness and accuracy with provided reviewer guidelines
  • Accurate pipetting and bench-level skills (i.e., pipette standard curves to within accurate limits stated in procedure manual)
  • Represent department and the organization favorably and in accordance with established Company standards and associate attributes at all times
  • Other duties as assigned by management

 

 

The Ideal Candidate would possess:

  • BS or BA in biological, physical, chemical or clinical laboratory science
  • Willingness to work with potentially infectious human blood bodily fluids
  • Ability to work with automated and manual platforms
  • Must possess skills required for aseptic techniques
  • Intermediate level of proficiency with PC based software programs
  • Ability to read, interpret, and comply with documents such as internal SOPs, operating and maintenance instructions, and company policies
  • Position may require evening hours
  • Goal oriented, with excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to interact effectively and work efficiently with people at all levels in the organization
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Keenly attentive to detail
  • Ability to keep sensitive information confidential
  • Intermediate level of proficiency with PC based software programs with database skill preferred

 

 

 

 

What we offer:

As a Eurofins employee, you will become part of a company that has received national recognition as a great place to work.  We offer excellent full-time benefits including comprehensive medical coverage, life and disability insurance, 401(k) with company match, paid holidays and vacation, personal days, and dental and vision options.

 

 

Physical Requirements:

Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead

Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting

Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time (4 or more hours)

Mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions

 

The essential physical and mental requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To learn more about Viracor Eurofins, please visit the following websites http://www.viracor-eurofins.com and www.eurofinsus.com .

 

Eurofins is a M/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

 

With over 30 years of specialized expertise in infectious disease, immunology and allergy testing for immunocompromised and critical patients, Viracor Eurofins is committed to helping medical professionals, transplant teams, reference labs and biopharmaceutical companies get results faster, when it matters most. Viracor is passionate about delivering value to our clients by providing timely, actionable information — never losing sight of the connection between the testing we perform and the patients we serve.

We are looking forward to receiving your application including your expected salary and possible start date via our career website.

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