Research Associate III/ IV-Biochemist

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Research Associate III/ IV-Biochemist

Research Associate III/ IV-Biochemist
Location Rockville, MD

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Job ID 2555 Employment Status Full-Time Regular
Required Experience 5-10 years
Required Education Masters Degree or Equivalent
Required Travel No
Relocation Available Yes

Summary/Description Human Genome Sciences (HGS)is located in the Washington, DC metro area, and was founded in 1992 with the goal of creating a global biopharmaceutical company to discover, develop, manufacture, and market gene-based drugs to address unmet medical needs. We have a significant product pipeline with seven products in clinical development, including drugs to treat hepatitis C, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, anthrax exposure, and cancer. In recent years, we have progressed toward becoming a late stage development and commercialization company, and we have recently started Phase 3 trials for three of our key development programs. HGS is developing an innovative new treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which would be the first new treatment for lupus in nearly 40 years. This product, belimumab, is being co-developed and commercialized with Glaxo SmithKline. We are also developing a long-acting interferon alpha, Albuferon, for Hepatitis C, along with Novartis. HGS has also been awarded a two-phase contract with US government to supply them with ABthrax, a monoclonal antibody treatment for anthrax, for the Strategic National Stockpile, which we expect to deliver in 2008. At HGS, people are the key to our success. We share a passion for scientific and business innovation, creating unique opportunities to contribute to the commercialization phase of our products. At HGS, you will have opportunities to learn and grow, interacting with talent of the highest caliber, and you will be supported by a culture committed to employee and leadership development. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. HGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer EOE/AA M/F/D/V Please visit for further information on our company and to apply on-line for this position.As part of a team oriented, dynamic group, the major responsibility of the successful candidate will be to participate in the development and execution of kinetic binding methods to evaluate complex protein-protein binding interactions to support HGS pipeline development. A competency in kinetic binding using BIAcore instruments or other SPR detection technologies (ie, ForteBio, Biorad, Reichert, etc.) are essential for this position. Additional special skills also include troubleshooting chromatographic isolation of protein, removal of endotoxin contaminant in the batch preparation, and designing of binding assays. Successful candidates will be able to independently design and perform complex scientific protocols. Previous laboratory research experience is needed for troubleshooting complex scientific questions. The new candidate must be comfortable working both independently and working within larger teams to achieve aggressive timelines. Requirements . BS/MS in Biology, Chemistry, or related field and at least 5-10 years of laboratory research experience . Familiarity with kinetic analysis using SPR detection technology . Must be able to develop and optimize protein purification protocols; ELISA and Western blots, protein expression and biological assays . Ability to maneuver through various software applications including: word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics . Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills . Ability to work effectively in a team environment . Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and work in a sometimes stressful situation