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Scientific Research Associate II

Company Name:
IDEXX
## Description
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for livestock and poultry and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 5,700 people and offers products to customers in over 175 countries.
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc , - is currently hiring a Scientific Research Associate II for our LPD ( Livestock, Poultry & Dairy) line of business.
Participates in research and development activities in support of new product development and/or product support of existing products. Utilizes established mathematical and scientific techniques to compile and analyze data within the scope of standard identifiable factors. Begins to presents data at internal Data Reviews. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and procedures.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform nucleic acid extractions from clinical samples using either manual or robotic methods
Perform real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays on either RNA or DNA targets
Manage incoming clinical samples (recording relevant sample information, maintain short and long term storage conditions, track sample inventories)
Collects, analyzes and organizes information/data according to established guidelines
Utilizes established methods and procedures to work within the lab
Recognizes areas of improvement; may review calculations and check others' notebooks
Plans for activities on a short-term basis; week to week.
May assist in ordering laboratory or general supplies
Works within a daily or weekly timeframe under general supervision
## Qualifications
EDUCATION :
BS in biotech/micro/molecular or equivalent with Masters a plus.
EXPERIENCE :
2+ years of experience with a BS/BA or
0-2 years of experience with a Masters
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES :
Experience in a laboratory setting with a solid understanding of many basic laboratory skills
Working knowledge of basic molecular procedures including but not limited to familiarity with nucleic acid purification, handling and storage, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Exceptional documentation skills while maintaining an electronic laboratory notebook
Good communication skills written and oral
Ability to effectively communicate scientific data
Ability to follow documented procedures
Proficient with MS Office
Excellent organizational skills and basic planning skills
Comfortable with giving limited data presentations
Familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within molecular biology/microbiology
Works under general supervision
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Prolonged periods sitting or standing necessary for meetings, laboratory assays or computer work required to consolidate and analyze data.
Adequate hand-eye coordination with repetitive movements and manipulations associated with typical laboratory equipment or processes (pipetting, sampling, harvesting, typing).
On occasion, may require lifting containers weighing up to 50 lbs. or moving heavier materials with the use of dollies or jacks.
Periods of time in cold room or freezer environments.
Periods of time in noisy manufacturing areas.
Periods of time utilizing protective equipment (masks, gloves, sleeves, safety glasses, lab coats, respirators, biosafety cabinets).
Specific vision abilities including close vision, depth perception and color vision.
Climbing, reaching, balancing, stooping or kneeling to access materials.
WORK ENVIRONMENT :
While the primary position environment will be a combination of laboratory and office (cubicle) setting, other aspects may include:
Periods of time in cold room or freezer environments.
Periods of time in noisy manufacturing areas.
May be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, toxic/caustic chemicals, radioisotopes, biological agents and biological fluids.
Will follow OSHA safety guidelines and company compliance issues related to people, equipment, chemicals, and biologicals.
Travel may be required as necessary for projects.
IDEXX attracts, rewards and inspires exceptionally talented and motivated people who are eager to participate in two of the most important technological revolutions of our time -biotechnology and information technology.
We offer outstanding opportunities for personal growth and success, and support excellence, world-class standards, and continuous improvement.
At IDEXX , we reward leadership initiative and excellence. Benefits include:
Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
401(k) Plan
Vacation Time
Sick Days
Paid Holidays
Life Insurance/AD&D;
Dependent Life Insurance
Short- and Long-Term Disability Programs
Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent)
Employee Referral Award Program
Employee Assistance Program
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Personal Growth Leave
Bonus Plan
If you are looking for a challenging work environment that unleashes creativity and energy, is refreshingly honest and comfortably casual, and offers opportunities for unmatched personal growth, we want to hear from you!
About the area: Portland, Maine recently ranked number 6 on Forbes magazine''s list of America''s Best Cities for Young Professionals, was ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the best places to raise kids, was listed by as one of America''s Best Hipster Neighborhoods, was named the Foodiest city in the US by BonAppetit magazine, was ranked by as having one of the healthiest and most affordable housing markets, and has recently been nominated for "Best Town Ever" by Outside Magazine. The magazine chooses its top 10 places to live based on a balance of great culture, breathtaking scenery, reasonable home prices, low-stress living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors.
No unsolicited Employment Agency resumes are accepted.
EOE/M/F/D/V
Job: Research & Development
Primary Location: Americas-United States-Maine-Westbrook ME
Organization: R&D; NPD - 30002184
Schedule: Full-time
Overtime Status: Exempt
Job Posting: Jun 20, 2014, 1:27:00 PM
Req ID: 10123 2

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