Research Associate
Job Details
Minneapolis - Minneapolis, MN
Full Time
Associate's Degree

By joining the Bio-Techne team, you will have an impact on future cutting-edge research. Bio-Techne and all of its brands provides tools for researchers in Life Sciences and Clinical Diagnostics.  

Position Summary: 

A Research Associate is responsible for development of cell culture protocols for new recombinant protein products. This includes screening clones and testing growth conditions in bioreactors and other culture formats, in small to medium scale. It may also include cooperation with the molecular biology group in creation of new clones and clone libraries, creation and characterization of new cell lines, and screening studies in search for novel protein product targets.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Grow and maintain cultures for the purpose of recombinant protein expression, strain maintenance, and miscellaneous experiments.
  • Plan and conduct experiments with the purpose of improving recombinant protein yields, quality, and process efficiency.
  • Analyze expression levels using techniques such as gel electrophoresis, immunoassays, bioassays, quantitative RT-PCR, RNA-Seq, and other applicable techniques.
  • Collaborate with molecular biology group on creation of clones and cell lines.
  • Perform data entry and analysis, prepare reports. Share data at meetings with fellow employees.
  • Propose, plan, and analyze experiments.
  • Collaborate with other departments/labs as needed.
  • Draft and revise standard operating procedures.
  • Study scientific literature. Suggest process improvements and new product targets.
  • Share basic lab duties such as stock solutions, buffers, and media preparation, cleaning, instrument maintenance. Share weekend responsibilities as needed.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Education and Experience: 

  • Associate degree and 3-5 years of relevant experience  
  • Or, Bachelor’s degree in a related field and up to 3 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 multitasking is required  
  • 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