Associate Scientist

401 Professional Drive, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD 20879


Opportunity for an experienced individual with assay development knowledge. The Assay Development Associate Scientist will develop new assays and technologies for diagnostic and health monitoring services. He/she will produce diagnostic reagents and manage the reagents inventory. He/she will make scientific observations, maintain detailed workbooks and documentation, and ensure all documentation fulfills regulatory standards. He/she will maintain an understanding of technological principles and applications of the organization’s test services.


  • MS degree in biology, biochemistry, or other life science, with 2-4 years of laboratory experience.
  • Experience in cell culture and aseptic processing including basic cell culture lab techniques such as cell passaging, cryopreservation, formulation of media, cell counting, among others
  • Experience in developing immunoassays and molecular based assays
  • Proficiency in ELISA, IFA, Western Blot, PCR
  • Luminex experience a plus
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize duties, and carry through with all steps needed to complete each function
  • Ability to clearly identify and communicate concerns in a timely fashion


  • Develop assays for detection of viruses and bacteria, both immunoassays and molecular assays
  • Produce and qualify antigens and antibodies for internal use and commercial sales
  • Produce kits for internal use and commercial sales
  • Manage inventory of cell lines, viruses, and bacteria
  • Support the diagnostic group with hands on approach and knowledge
  • Follow SOPs and relevant compliance regulations regarding safety procedures, documentation, and scientific responsibility
  • Independently analyzes data and interprets results
  • Advise supervisor of factors that may affect quality and usefulness of data
  • Contribute ideas and suggestions to improve standard laboratory techniques, protocols, processes, and equipment
  • Demonstrate consistently good communication and interpersonal skills with employees, management, and clients (where applicable)
  • Assist in writing/reviewing SOPs
  • Use and maintain scientific equipment, instrumentation, and computer systems

Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Email your résumé to Dennis Pitts at Please use the subject line, “VRL Careers”.