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Advanced Research Associate

Job Details

Minneapolis MN - Minneapolis, MN
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree


By joining Bio-Techne, you’ll join a company with a powerful and positive purpose of enabling cutting-edge research in Life Sciences and Clinical Diagnostics. Bio-Techne, and all of its brands, provides tools for researchers to further treat and prevent disease worldwide.

Position Summary: 

We are seeking an Advanced Research Associate for Bio-Techne’s Protein Purification department in Minneapolis. Our group supports 5000 different protein products used in academic research, pharmaceutical research, and all facets of biological science including: neurodegenerative diseases, stem cell research, glycobiology, developmental biology, etc. This individual will collaborate with many different departments to support the manufacturing processes of our products and contribute to the ongoing development of our growing and evolving portfolio. This position provides a potential for growth and career advancements within the company.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual to gain problem solving and troubleshooting experience in a collaborative lab environment. This position also provides continuous learning and development, flexible working hours, and the ability to learn and apply a variety of lab techniques every day.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Purify proteins and enzymes for restock and modify existing protocols.
  • Perform chromatography and SDS-PAGE.
  • Revise protocols after making modifications for process methods.
  • Follow standard operating procedures.
  • Maintain lab equipment (concentrators, pH meter, columns, etc.).
  • Maintain lab order and cleanliness.
  • Filter and aliquot product for bulk storage.
  • Prepare common buffers and reagents.
  • Improve operation efficiency and contribute to reducing costs.
  • Work with supervisor and manager to facilitate scheduling of projects.
  • Maintain compliance with quality training and documentation.
  • Follow company policies and practices as outline in the Handbook and follow guidelines regarding safety as outline in the AWAIR, Chemical Hygiene and Exposure Control manuals in accordance to the job.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment where multitasking is required.
  • Must demonstrate strong technical skills.
  • Must be able to analyze data in order to make effective decisions.
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with AKTA systems and Unicorn software or other FPLC system is a plus.
  • Corporate work experience in a lab setting, preferably in a problem-solving role.
  • Experience in protein purification either in a corporate or academic setting or as part of a school research project.
  • Working knowledge of SDS-PAGE, protein concentration determination (Bradford and/or A280), protein concentration (Amicon and/or tangential flow filtration), dialysis, protein expression (E. coli, mammalian, insect cell) and protein structure and function.

Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant experience 
  • Or, Master’s degree in a related field and up to 2 years of relevant experience 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required 
  • Must be able to work in a fast-faced environment where you will be required to prioritize your own work and the work of others to meet various project deadlines 
  • Must be able to analyze data in order to make effective decisions 
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills, especially across different groups 
  • Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Must work well independently in an environment that requires strategic decision making 
  • Must demonstrate extensive technical knowledge 
  • Must be able to effectively train new employees 
  • Must be able to effectively lead new projects, especially across different groups 
  • Must keep apprised of current trends in area of expertise 

Why Join Bio-Techne:

  • We offer competitive salaries along with extensive medical, vision, and dental plans for you and your family starting on day one!
  • We invest in our employees’ financial futures through 401k matching and an employee stock purchase plan.
  • We help our employees develop their careers through mentorship, promotional opportunities, training and development, internship programs, and more.
  • We offer employee resource groups, volunteer paid time off, employee events, and charity drives to build a culture of caring and belonging.
  • We foster a culture of empowerment and innovation, where employees feel valued and encouraged to bring their new ideas to the table.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Bio-Techne is an E-Verify Employer in the United States.