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Maravai LifeSciencesBurlingame, CA
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Job Description

Vector Laboratories is seeking a Senior Research Associate (SRA) who will be responsible for product development and product support. This position contributes to the innovation and evaluation of new product concepts and device of experimental approaches for their design and development. The SRA has extensive experience in protein characterization and bioconjugation and can independently apply this to practical applications in product development and support. The SRA uses judgment to solve complex problems and make recommendations for project direction. The SRA develops products according to prescribed Design Control requirements and develops products according to established procedures under our ISO9001/2015 Quality Plan. The SRA can effectively train and guide all levels of laboratory personnel, possesses sound judgment, is self-motivated and can work independently within a team environment. Responsibilities Include:

Guides product development through recommendation of experimental approach, design and execution
Contributes to innovation by keeping abreast of current technology in pertinent fields
Utilizes experience and knowledge to resolve technical issues with minimal supervision
Leads Project teams in product development and support under Design Control regulations
Calibrates, validates, and maintains complex laboratory equipment
Ensures proper Design Control procedures and documentation requirements are followed
Provides clearly written and complete documentation of experimental results; Writes and revises documents according to established requirements; Generates and presents reports to management as required
Collates and analyzes complex data and provides clearly written and complete documentation of experimental results
Represents the company at conferences and works with marketing to understand current customer opinions and needs
Works with all functions within Vector Labs to launch new products
Orders and restocks supplies
Guides and trains junior staff
Maintains a clean, orderly and safe laboratory environment following health and safety guidelines
Performs other duties and projects as assigned

Job Qualifications:

BS or BA degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline
Minimum of 4 years of directly related laboratory experience
Experienced in biochemical processes including chromatography, protein purification and characterization techniques, and bioconjugation
Able to lead others and self-direct to make sound decisions and judgments
Strong understanding of ISO 9001:2015 requirements and procedures
Must be able to manage multiple priorities to achieve department and company objectives
Proven ability to work well under pressure and time constraints while maintaining a high level of work quality
Able to clearly communicate ideas, reasoning, and conclusions to a varied audience both verbally and in writing
Ability to work with animal and human tissue/plasma/serum
Ability to present effectively in meetings
Ability to lift 25 lbs unassisted

Vector Labs offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
Vector Labs is an EEO employer.
Associated topics: biochemistry, ceramic, chemistry, coating, formulation, glass, latex, material, material science, polyurethane
Estimated annual salary


  • Manage the coordination and overall integration of technical activities in architecture or engineering projects.
  • Direct, review, or approve project design changes.
  • Confer with management, production, or marketing staff to discuss project specifications or procedures.
  • Present and explain proposals, reports, or findings to clients.


  • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


  • Administration and ManagementKnowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal ServiceKnowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Personnel and Human ResourcesKnowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Production and ProcessingKnowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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