LGC Sciences is the world’s largest independent provider of drug surveillance, doping control and research activities for human and equine sports. LGC Sciences laboratories are located in Fordham, United Kingdom, and in Lexington, Kentucky. This position will be located in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Assistant Scientist performs routine laboratory procedures in sample extraction and basic instrumental analysis under the direction and supervision of an experienced scientist to provide, as part of a team, high-quality analytical chemistry service to LGC's customers.
• Perform extractions on product or biological samples to isolate drugs and drug metabolites
• Maintain and operate instrumentation (e.g., clinical analyzer, HPLC, LC/MS, GC/MS)
o Perform routine maintenance
o Monitor equipment to evaluate performance and to diagnose malfunctions
o Troubleshoot and repair instrumentation as needed and identify when to contact vendor for assistance
• Perform enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
• Receive, access and log-in client samples
• Prepare aliquots of product and/or biological samples
• Perform pH and specific gravity determinations
• Follow documented procedures to produce results in a timely manner
• Work in accord with regulatory standards, e.g. ISO17025
• Prepare reagents and reference materials for use in chemical analyses
• Strict compliance with chain of custody procedures for all forensic samples
• Responsive and willing to perform additional analyses as and when required
• Maintain work-related documentation (e.g. laboratory records, test results) in hard copy and/or electronic form according to laboratory protocol
• Participate in the tracking of supply, reagent and reference material inventories and initiate purchase requisitions where necessary
• Organize, clean and maintain workspace
• Under direction of higher-level scientists, learn higher-level functions (e.g., protocol development and implementation) and perform more complex analysis procedures
• Contribute to the work of the team in a flexible manner
• Perform additional non-routine work as and when required
• Other duties as assigned
• Comply with all company policies and safety procedures
QUALIFICATIONS: (TRAINING, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION)
• B.S. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline
• Computer proficient, especially with Microsoft Office products
• Effective written and verbal communication abilities
• Accurate and diligent with a high attention to detail
• Ability to successfully work as part of an operational team
• Awareness of scientific principles and practice
• Ability to read, comprehend, and speak English
Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time; ability to maneuver around the laboratory; good dexterity and ability to rotate wrists, arms and shoulders. Must have good eyesight, hearing, and speaking voice; ability to lift and/or move up to approximately 25 lbs.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is generally performed in a normal laboratory setting with exposure to non-infectious pathological waste and caustic or toxic chemicals. Working schedules are dependent on the needs of the business and may include shift work, weekend work, and variance in scheduled hours.
LGC is an Equal Opportunity Employer