Meso Scale Engineer I, Research Scientific in Gaithersburg, Maryland

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Engineer I, Research Scientific







Work in a multi-disciplinary environment with other engineers and scientists to develop new products and advance existing products for life science, clinical, and biodefense applications. This position will assist in designing system components, carry out

feasibility testing, and assess the performance of individual components and systems as a whole. Additional responsibilities may include research and development of methods for efficient or improved manufacturing processes, reformulating reagents for stability

and/or manufacturability, and evaluating prototype consumables and instrumentation.


  • Hands-on laboratory work

  • Experiment planning and associated documentation including summary reports

  • Data analysis, summary and presentation of results

  • Aid in the design and development of new hardware and consumable systems

  • Procure and test new materials and/or reagents

  • Evaluate new designs and prototypes

  • Suggest directions for improvement

  • Design, validation and execution of test methods

  • Coordinate with other groups within the company

  • Comply with Quality System requirements

  • Understand and follow laboratory safety precautions and ensure compliance with company safety policies

  • Specific duties may vary depending upon departmental requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering, with strong interest in multi-disciplinary work

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • Excellent academic record

  • Experience with the development of scientific equipment such as immunoassay analyzers or PCR systems is highly preferred

  • Experience with design of experiment, analysis of test results, and failure analysis is preferred

  • Experience with computer programming languages (C++, Python, R) preferred


  • Strong scientific fundamentals and analytical background

  • Logical problem solving and demonstrated ability to organize and move project tasks forward in an orderly and structured fashion

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills in hardware, software and consumable issues

  • Excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of laboratory data

  • Proficient in MS Office suite

  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected including the ability to multi-task and work productively in a demanding research environment with changing priorities


  • Up to 70% of the day may be spent at a lab bench

  • There are aspects of the positions duties that require a person in this role to work at heights above four (4) feet on occasion


  • This is a laboratory-based position: incumbent should be prepared to spend 50-70% of their time working in a laboratory environment

  • Expect to work with chemical reagents and Biosafety Level 2 organisms including human blood and/or blood products on occasion

  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP


  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access

to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure

is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41

CFR 60-1.35(c)