Associate Scientist I

Posted 18 Mar 2019

Rockville, Maryland - United States

Req Id 189437


A career at Millipore Sigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 51,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others.

Your Role:

The Associate Scientist I will perform a wide variety of assays or tests required to characterize product or material safety. He/ she will make scientific observations, maintain detailed workbooks/ documentation and ensure all documentation fulfills generally accepted professional/ industry standards. He/ she will maintain an understanding of technological principles and applications of the organization’s services.


  • Responsible for developing a working knowledge of lab policies and assays
  • Conducts pre-designed assays using basic laboratory techniques and skills
  • Follows SOPs, study protocols, and relevant compliance regulations regarding safety procedures, documentation, and scientific responsibility
  • Independently analyzes data and interprets results
  • Advises supervisor of factors that may affect quality and usefulness of data
  • Contributes ideas and suggestions to improve standard laboratory techniques, protocols, processes and equipment
  • Maintains thorough records as well as peer review of assay batch records and study workbooks
  • Demonstrates consistently good communication and interpersonal skills with employees, management and clients (where applicable)
  • Uses and maintains scientific equipment, instrumentation and computer systems
  • Adheres to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard for laboratory testing as specified in applicable standard operating procedures or quality manual.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Responsible for all phases of the Bacterial Reverse Mutation Assay (Ames test) in a structured GLP environment.
  • Successfully complete the technical review for the assays and study workbooks
  • Successfully execute a test article weigh request
  • Successfully prepare two Ames tests/customized workbooks in one work day
  • Demonstrate the technical knowledge and expertise to successfully plate two full Ames Tests in one work day- either plate incorporation or pre-incubation designs.
  • Successfully count and record the results for two standard Ames tests in one work day; including bacterial lawn precipitate evaluation and computer entry of these results.
  • Assure, implement, and document all protocol requirements
  • Demonstrate accurate GLP documentation
  • Ability to work on projects in other departments as needed.
  • May be required to work overtime or flexible shifts

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree scientific discipline such as chemistry, biology, etc. with 1+ years of laboratory experience


  • Associate’s degree in scientific discipline such as chemistry, biology, etc. with 3+ years of laboratory experience


  • 5+ years of laboratory experience

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some working knowledge of a research laboratory
  • Limited experience in performing a variety of assays including, but not limited to preparation, dosing, and scoring Ames tests
  • Limited ability to analyze data and interpret results
  • Basic computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and database software applications- specifically MS Office (Word and Excel)
  • Good oral and written communication skills as well as organizational skills
  • Works well in a team-based environment
  • Ability to multi-task


What we offer: At MilliporeSigma, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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