Research Associate 3


CA-San Diego, US

Contract Type:  Regular Full-Time
Area:  Research & Development
Req Id:  262567

Do you want to join an international team working to improve the future of healthcare? Do you want to improve the lives of millions of people? Grifols is a global healthcare company which, since its foundation in Barcelona in 1909, has been working to improve the health and well-being of people all over the world. Our four divisions - Bioscience, Diagnostic, Hospital and Bio Supplies - develop, produce and market innovative medicines, solutions and services in more than 100 countries and regions.


Research Associate 3 responsible for designing and performing experiments, assay development, formulation optimization, product development and collaborating and communicating effectively.                                                                                                                                                                              


 Primary responsibilities for role:

• Designs and performs moderately complex experiments with minimal input from supervisor to support the project.  Understands experimental goal within the context of the overall project. Independently analyzes data and summarizes experiments supporting a portion of the project.   Where necessary, provides clear feedback to groups such as Software and Engineering on the outcome of the experiment. Have experience in one or more of the following areas:

• Feasibility – e.g.  Contributing to one or more of the following: the design of oligo systems, sample processing or assay formulation experiments. Perform experiments to support feasibility of software such as results processing, change to the instrument or new instrumentation.

• Assay Integration – Executing experiments in one or more of the following areas: 

• Support of the ADM, sequence file results processing or other software modules required to run the assay on the instrument. 

• Experiments to test assay performance at the extreme operating parameters of the instrument. 

• Experiments to transfer successfully an assay fully developed on one platform to another.

• Experiments to improve assay or instrument robustness and ultimately performance.

• Formulation Optimization – Designing and executing studies to support the optimum assay performance based on formulation. Contribute to writing transfer reviews and specification setting

• V&V – Designing and executing studies based on the V and V plan using the final version of the assay on a given platform.  Generate documentation from these experiments to support regulatory submissions and or Marketing and Sales  documents

• Product Development.   Executing studies to support finalization of the product design, scale up for Manufacturing, finalization of software and hardware and planning for clinical studies. Examples of this include: setting specifications, Quality Reviews and supplying supporting documentation, Supporting RUO studies, contributing to writing software documents SRS, supporting hardware and software changes, and testing Development Lots. 

• Collaborates and communicates effectively with peers and supervisors


Knowledge and Skills:

• Demonstrate drive and commitment: shows reliability and commitment amongst manager and peers; exhibits focus and determination in tasks at hand; establishes support for objectives; drives and produces results

• Work efficiently and effectively: effectively manages time and priorities by focusing on highest priority tasks and working efficiently; effectively recovers from mistakes; completes projects on time

• Team membership: interacts in an team environment based on shared values; knows when and how to use a team approach to solve problems; seeks the contributions of all team members; shares credit with others

• Adapt and learn: works efficiently in situations involving ambiguity, shifting priorities and rapid change; demonstrates resilience and composure in difficult circumstances; deals constructively with mistakes and setbacks and learns from them; continually learns to grow and improve skills to meet organizational goals






• B.A. /B.S. Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field.                                                                                                               



• 3-5 years post-baccalaureate laboratory experience. Industrial experience preferred.

• 2-4 years post-M.S. without thesis experience.  Industrial experience preferred.

• 2 years laboratory experience post-M.S. with thesis. Industrial experience preferred.                                                 



Depending on the area of assignment, directly related experience or a combination of directly related education and experience and/or competencies may be considered in place of the stated requirements.  Example:  If a job level requires an Associates degree plus 2 years of experience an equivalent could include 4 years of experience or a  Bachelor’s degree.                                                     


Occupational Demands:

  • May occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise manipulate objects up to 25 pounds in weight, and/or lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise manipulate objects up to 10 pounds in weight frequently or continuously.



EEO Minorities/ Disability/Veterans

Grifols is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, genetic disposition or characteristics, disability or veteran's status or any other classification protected by applicable State/Federal laws.  We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Location: NORTH AMERICA : USA : CA-San Diego:USSDG - San Diego CA - Genetic Center Dr 


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