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Science Associate II

Employer
BioIVT
Location
Detroit, Michigan, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Modeling
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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BioIVT, formerly BioreclamationIVT, is a leading global provider of high-quality biological specimens and value-added services. We specialize in control and disease state samples including human and animal tissues, cell products, blood, and other biofluids. Our unmatched portfolio of clinical specimens directly supports precision medicine research and the effort to improve patient outcomes by coupling comprehensive clinical data with donor samples.

Our Research Services team works collaboratively with clients to provide in vitro hepatic modeling solutions. And as the world's premier supplier of ADME-Tox model systems, including hepatocytes and subcellular fractions, BioIVT enables scientists to better understand the pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism of newly discovered compounds and their effects on disease processes. By combining our technical expertise, exceptional customer service, and unparalleled access to biological specimens, BioIVT serves the research community as a trusted partner in ELEVATING SCIENCE®.

The SA-II is responsible for sample processing and quality control assessment of our dissociated cell, primary cell, and cell line products. The Associate will be required to perform tissue dissociations and cell isolations from fresh tissue and biofluid specimens for both standard and custom processing requests. Other duties include analytical flow cytometry and flow data analysis, cell line and primary cell culture, and PBMC and BMMC isolation. Experience with aseptic technique/sterile cell culture is a must. Possesses the capacity and aptitude to manage small laboratory projects and quality control processes. Self-motivation, multi-tasking, and great attention to detail are required to be successful in this role, in addition to good project management and communication skills. This position demands a flexible individual who thrives in a fast-paced, high-throughput environment. Job tasks will often require extended periods of time working under cold temperatures.
  • Fresh human tissue dissociation and cell cryopreservation
  • Cell characterization by analytical flow cytometry and flow data analysis
  • Establishing, maintaining, and expanding primary cell cultures
  • Isolation of PBMCs and BMMCs
  • Daily documentation, log completion, and lab notebook usage for sample processing and cell culture activities
  • Knowledge of and adherence to ISO9001 and CAP requirements
  • Proper handling and quality control of biomaterials according to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Data entry, thorough specimen tracking and database upkeep
  • Perform general laboratory and equipment maintenance according to CAP and ISO 9001 standards
  • Knowledge of relevant laboratory software and equipment
  • Efficient processing of standard and custom order requests
  • Effectively interact with internal and external customers regarding order requests
  • Identify and resolve any potential issues that may arise during order fulfillment
  • Cross-train within adjacent departments as assigned
  • Maintain all department supply orders
  • Adherence to all OSHA/MiOSHA specimen processing and handling requirements
  • Manage small laboratory projects as assigned; primary focus on cost, timelines, and QC processes
  • Participate in on-call scheduled rotations for special projects
  • Identify and develop improvements in departmental processes
  • Provide support for inventory management projects


ATTRIBUTES
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Effective record-keeping and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize duties


POSITION REQUIREMENTS
  • Required
    • B.S in Science (biology or related field) plus equivalent work experience
    • Extensive knowledge of biological laboratory work and aseptic techniques
    • Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Preferred
    • 2+ years of tissue processing/dissociation and cell isolation
    • 2+ years analytical flow cytometry and data analysis
    • 2+ years cell culture, including working with cell lines and establishing primary cell cultures
    • Experience in project management

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • Daily contact with dry ice and liquid nitrogen vapor
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Daily contact with razors and other sharp objects
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds


WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Occasionally required to work evenings, weekends
  • Daily contact with dry ice and liquid nitrogen vapor
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Daily contact with human biological specimens and sharps
  • Hep B vaccination and TB bacteria and Respirator Fit testing is required (others as recommended)
    • Other forms of immunization proof or waiver are acceptable for Hep B and TB Screen

The Company is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled Employer.
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