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Working under direct supervision, the Research Associate I performs routine and increasingly complex laboratory tasks and procedures and develops technical expertise in one or more areas relevant to research projects in a microbiology laboratory. The Research Associate I will participate in research activities involving all aspects of the research process, to include, but not limited to; investigation, technical, testing/validation of results, and report findings. The Associate will perform a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of laboratory research projects. The Associate will observe and comply with safety standards and procedures, assist in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings, and assist in general laboratory maintenance. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs a variety of increasingly complex experimental protocols and procedures and assists in the design of new complex or unusual protocols and techniques.
Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results; and assists in identifying and troubleshooting of unexpected results.
Willingness to work with animals.
Orders laboratory supplies and supports laboratory operations.
Maintains lab equipment and related records and may coordinate use of lab equipment. 
Assists in the operation of specialized equipment, as required by the area of research. 
Assists in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings. 
Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.
Orients research laboratory assistants or lower level research associates and undergraduate student researchers on day-to-day lab operations and routine procedures.

Educational Requirements:
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences.  Experience culturing bacteria in a lab setting and from patient samples preferred. The candidate should be familiar with animal models of bacterial infection. Familiarity with standard microbial genetic and molecular techniques is required.

One (1) year of laboratory experience in a microbiology or molecular biology laboratory.  Understanding of general research objectives.  Familiar with routine laboratory procedures, in vivo models, experimental protocols, and overall lab organization.  Applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently. Must have superior interpersonal, communication and organization skills and the ability to work across company disciplines and functional units, and computer application experience. Must possess computer skills to include, but not limited to, Excel and Word.  Ability to simultaneously manage multiple clerical trials, and attention to details.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to stand for up to 4 hours per day of time. Ability to lift and carry objects up to 20 pounds. Ability to sit for up to 4-6 hours per day at a computer.