Rochester, Minnesota

Kelly Services is currently seeking a Research Assistant for a Direct Hire role in Rochester, MN.


Job Title: Research Assistant


Pay: $52k


This is a direct-hire salaried position + benefits, PTO, and additional company perks

Job Description:

The Research Assistant will be responsible for performing specific laboratory activities for the generation of products, execution of assays, development of new assays, or advancement of scientific projects, potentially across multiple departments. They are expected to help manage the laboratory space and contribute to non-science activities as needed.

Organizational Relationships
Responsible to and receives primary direction from a supervising Scientist, Senior Scientist, or Principal Scientist. Works collaboratively with scientific team, quality control/assurance, supply chain, and facility staff to ensure a safe and productive work environment.

Minimum Education
A Bachelor’s degree in a science related field.

Experience and/or Qualifications
a. Must have experience working in a laboratory and using a laboratory notebook to record activities; laboratory experiences gained in laboratory classes is considered acceptable.
b. Should be detail-oriented, organized, able to exercise good judgement and prioritize work, and meet deadlines.

1. Personal Responsibility
a. Demonstrates exceptional skill, proficiency, attention to detail, and organization in carrying out assignments.
b. Demonstrates problem solving and analytical skills; performs basic troubleshooting.
c. Works under supervision to meet deadlines and complete assigned tasks.
d. Adapts to new responsibilities and tasks, learning new techniques as necessary.
e. Is flexible in work schedule to accommodate additional hours, including evening and weekend work if necessary.
f. Carefully documents activities and makes sure materials are appropriately archived.
g. Improves work methods and procedures as a means toward greater efficiency.
h. Effectively communicates with supervisors and team members.
i. Upholds teamwork efforts and a pleasant work environment.
2. Scientific Activities
a. Follows standard operating procedures to contribute to product manufacture, quality control testing, and release.
b. Performs a variety of basic molecular biology, cell biology, virology, or immunology experiments and assays under supervision.
c. Records and interprets scientific results to present to senior colleagues.
d. Performs BSL2 work in compliance with company policies.
e. Performs assays according to standard operating procedures; contributes to assay development under supervision.
f. May perform in vivo animal studies in support of project goals, including tumor cell implantation, administration of test articles, and optical or nuclear imaging.
g. Prepares and presents internal and external presentations.
h. Helps identify assay and protocol deficiencies, working with supervisors to develop and implement solutions.
i. Performs assays on clinical patient samples as needed.
3. Laboratory Maintenance
a. Maintains necessary reagents (including eukaryotic cell lines) for assigned scientific activities.
b. Maintains and operates standard laboratory equipment as assigned, including centrifuges, PCR machines, QIAcubes, TECANs, etc.
c. Disposes of bio-hazardous waste following safety procedures.
d. Keeps assigned lab space in a clean and operational condition.
e. Prepares common laboratory reagents, buffers, and media.
f. Maintains proper supply levels in laboratories.


Why Kelly®?

Kelly® Science & Clinical is your connection to premier scientific and clinical companies looking to hire talented people just like you. Every day, we match science professionals with dream jobs that fit their skills and interests—it’s the way we think job searching should be. Nearly 100 percent of our science recruiters have a professional background/education in science, so we know a thing or two about the science market and how to get you noticed.

About Kelly®

At Kelly, we’re always thinking about what’s next and advising job seekers on new ways of working to reach their full potential. In fact, we’re a leading advocate for temporary/nontraditional workstyles, because we believe they allow flexibility and tremendous growth opportunities that enable a better way to work and live (plus, did we mention we provide a ton of benefits?). Connecting great people with great companies is what we do best, and our employment opportunities span a wide variety of workstyles, skill levels, and industries around the world.

Kelly is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce, including, but not limited to, minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual orientation, gender identity. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law.


Rochester, Minnesota

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