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Research Technician I

Research Technician I
We are dedicated to developing and commercializing enzymatic solutions to address global challenges. We are currently seeking a Research Technician I to join our fast-growing, dynamic and collaborative team in St. Louis, MO.
The successful candidate will join a team that is focused on developing enzymatic products that function as sustainable biological solutions for management of agricultural pests. We are seeking a Research Technician I, that possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills, organization skills and is able to work closely with a Research Scientist.
Job Description
  • Research Technician will be responsible for assisting Research Scientist with the design, execution, troubleshooting and interpretation of a variety of pesticidal, biochemical and molecular biology experiments in the laboratory
  • Contributes to library management, prepping reagents and managing lab inventory
Job Responsibilities
  • Performs routine laboratory tests under the direction of a Research Scientist
  • Utilizes techniques in molecular biology, enzymology, microbiology, biochemistry and plant pathology
  • Collects, accurately records and analyzes data in conjunction with other research staff
  • Obtains and maintains minimum proficiency in data analysis, preparation of solutions, general biological and biochemical experiments
  • Maintains laboratory records, supplies and samples in an organized manner
  • May include developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; and providing general administrative support
  • Additional responsibilities may be added at the discretion of management
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Required Experience/Abilities
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, plant science, chemistry or related field and 1+ years of laboratory experience required
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and basic math skills
  • Ability to follow work instructions and test protocols
  • Experience utilizing sterile technique
  • Goal-oriented individual with the ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Proficiency in basic computer skills including use of Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Office programs and email
  • Embody the Elemental Enzymes core values: Innovation, Respect, Integrity, Delivery
Physical Requirements
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
  • Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.
  • The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: operates machines, such as lathes, drill presses, power saws, and mills where the seeing job is at or within arm's reach; performs mechanical or skilled trades tasks of a non-repetitive nature, such as carpenter, technicians, service people, plumbers, painters, mechanics, etc.
  • The worker is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.
  • None: The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions
  • Those with this position must be able to work in Biosafety Level 1 and 2 Laboratories which can cause more illnesses to those with immunocompromised systems.
Job Location
St. Louis, MO, United States
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular/ Non-Exempt/ Hourly