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R&D Associate I

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R&D Associate I Job Description

Title: R&D Associate I
Department: Research & Development
Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Location: Willow Grove, PA
Functional Area: Clinical and Forensic Services
Shift: 1st Shift
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm


NMS Labs is the nation's leading independent provider of professional laboratory testing services, specializing in clinical toxicology, forensic science, and other vitally important areas of esoteric testing and expert services.  We employ more than 250 highly trained professionals who work closely with leading healthcare providers, medical researchers, and various members of the criminal and civil justice system to provide integrated testing and consultative services.

NMS Labs is an ISO accredited independent provider of clinical and forensic toxicology, endocrinology and criminalistics laboratory services for the health care and forensic sciences communities.  Since 1970, we have built a reputation as a provider of innovative, first-to-market and hard-to-find testing that has evolved to a broad menu of over 2,500 laboratory tests.

Job Description:

We are seeking an entry-level R&D Associate to support research and development efforts to improve the quality, efficiency, profitability, and services of NMS Labs.  The R&D Associate will assist in the analysis and development, and validation of new analytical methods and improve current analytical methods.  The successful candidate must have excellent analytical skills, the ability to troubleshoot and develop high throughput immune and cell-based assays, and a strong scientific background in Immunology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field.  Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Performs sample preparation procedures for isolation of analytes from different biological fluids in support of analytical development efforts
  • Proficient with 2 or more of the following techniques: immunoassays, cell culture, HPLC, GC, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS
  • Assists with method development of bioanalytical assays for the identification and quantitation of biologically active compounds (e.g., drugs and hormones) and their transformation products in biological fluids & tissues employing immunoassay and cell culture techniques
  • Performs method validations
  • Documents and adheres to laboratory QA and QC methods
  • Prepares detailed and accurate laboratory records
  • Processes and reports raw data generated from various platforms, and prepares data summaries and reports using a variety of software tools
  • Performs routine maintenance and troubleshooting of analytical instruments
  • Performs literature searches to support method development and assists with method reports


Must meet at least one of the following circumstances:

  • Bachelor’s degree in immunology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field, and 2+ years lab related experience, OR
  • Master’s degree in immunology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field
  • Technical background in immunoassays, specifically ELISA, cell-based assays, molecular biology or related field
  • Understanding of the principles of research design pertaining to development of laboratory developed tests, medical devices or drug development
  • Ability to ready, analyze and interpret complex technical data, procedures and instructions in verbal, written, mathematical or diagrammatical form
  • Ability to define and resolve problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Must work both independently and in a team environment

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to hear
  • Vision (with correction) including color, distance, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Standing, reaching with hands and arms, and using hands and fingers to manipulate instrument or equipment controls, computer keyboard, office equipment, objects or tools
  • Movement from one work location to another
  • Sitting and standing, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Lifting objects up to 20 lbs. 
  • Exposure to intermittent or constant sounds generated by equipment
  • Exposure to fumes, noxious odors and dust
  • Handling of biological material and blood-borne pathogens
  • Handling of toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Proximity to moving parts

A few reasons why NMS Labs employees love the company:

Located in suburban Philadelphia, NMS Labs offers a stimulating and diverse work environment with competitive salary/compensation plans and great benefits, including medical/dental/vision/prescription plan, life/STD/LTD, flexible spending account, tuition reimbursement, 401k plan with generous match and profit sharing pension plan.

  • NMS Labs offers a stimulating and diverse working environment and unique culture 
  • FREE pretzels on Tuesdays, fresh fruit on Wednesdays, yearly influenza shots, parking, fully equipped exercise room with locker rooms, wellness programs
  • Discounted chair massages on Tuesdays
  • In April, weeklong celebration for National Medical Laboratory Professionals
  • Company Wellness Committee and ‘Activiteam’ dedicated to plan exciting events and seminars throughout the year
  • In July, Founder’s Day celebration
  • In December, holiday celebration for employees and their families
  • Halloween Potluck, Company Summer Outing, Charity Drives
  • Healthy Work Place Award - Philadelphia Business Journal – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Onsite fitness room and showers

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume and apply at

*We are an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, citizenship status, otherwise qualified disability, or protected veteran status (disabled, Armed Forces Service Medal, recently separated, active duty or campaign badge).

Key words:   forensic science, toxicology, research & development, LCMS, GCMS, HPLC, ICP, ABFT, endocrinology, crime lab, hospital lab, clinical research, drug test, DNA, biology, medical examiner, R&D, associate

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