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Sr. Research Associate

Sr. Research Associate
North Tucson, AZ
1-Year Contract
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Position Summary:


  • Responsible for conducting research, development and manufacturing laboratory experimentation and other scientific activities to support company?projects.


  • Exercises technical expertise and discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies.


  • Prepares technical reports, summaries, protocols and quantitative analyses.


  • Presents and discusses results of experiments within department and project team.


  • Maintains high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature and may participate in conferences and professional societies.


  • Follows company policies and procedures for GMP, GLP, Design Control and others as appropriate.


  • Maintains complete and accurate laboratory documentation and electronic files.


  • May act as principal investigator in conducting own experiments.



Essential Functions:


  • Designs experimental plan to support project objectives.


  • Executes bench experiments; makes detailed and general observations and analyzes data.


  • Prepares technical reports, summaries and quantitative analyses.


  • Maintains complete and accurate records.


  • Normally acts independently for developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.


  • Identifies and implements improvements to work processes and laboratory environment. Recognized expert across a wide range of techniques and their application.


  • Recognizes and documents activities for publication and/or patent potential.


  • May participate in scientific conferences and contribute to scientific journals.


  • Works on extremely complex problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables.


  • Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.


  • Participates or leads cross functional technical teams such as a failure investigation or core team.


  • Works well in a team environment by being a productive project team member, suggesting creative solutions to problems and providing input to project planning.


  • Establishes interfaces across other organizational groups.


  • Trains others in areas of expertise.


  • May supervise lower level personnel and laboratory operations.


  • Troubleshoots problems and institutes corrective action.


  • Prepares and presents experimental procedures and results in group and project teams.


  • Monitors work to ensure quality, and continuously promote Quality First Time.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • Formal Training/Education: Requires Bachelor degree in Science.


  • Experience: 6 or more years relevant experience or Master?s degree; entry level.


  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knows wide range of experimental techniques and skilled in their applications.


  • Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments.


  • Capable with searching scientific literature to gain general and specific information.


  • Skilled with use of word processing, spreadsheets, graphical and presentation.



Company Description:

About Ascent:


Ascent is a leading national technology consulting and professional services firm that focuses on tactical and strategic consulting. Ascent's fundamental business is providing staffing services to Large Enterprise clients in our core market verticals: Financial Services, Healthcare, and Life Sciences. We focus the majority of our efforts in Staff Augmentation support of Large Enterprise Clients who utilize a Vendor Management System. Ascent works as both a reliable supplier in support of programs, as well as a Strategic Advisor in support of enterprise efforts to establish best in class preferred vendor programs. Ascent was ranked in the 2007 and 2008 Inc. 500 and recognized specifically for its innovative work in staff augmentation support of Large Enterprise preferred vendor accounts.


If you are ready to propel your career to new heights†read on. We are looking for talented and dedicated colleagues to join our phenomenal team. At Ascent, we have created an environment where culture, commitment and opportunity converge to yield a truly unique place to work. We know that every employee has something important to say and that every employee is integral to our success. Where else can you walk over to a founder and talk about your ideas to help build our business and have that idea implemented in 48 hours? More importantly, we do everything we can to make sure our employees not only have great jobs, but great lives.




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