Research Associate

Last updated 6 days ago
Location:Burlingame, California

About the team and the role

Abcam’s In Vitro Diagnostic team works under regulated standards to support global provision of monoclonal antibodies for onward use in diagnostic and research applications, primarily for use in patient diagnosis using immunohistochemistry profiling of tissue samples.

We are looking for a passionate individual who is dedicated to support In Vitro Diagnostics antibody manufacture, qualifying products prior to provision to our customers for onward use in pathology laboratories in support of patient care.

In particular, the appointed person, will be highly motivated and have an outstanding work ethic with a strong mindset on delivering results and exceeding target manufacturing goals. A keen attention to detail and desire for best quality is a pre-requisite.

We will provide training for all essential responsibilities. Flexible working, including job-share and shift working can be considered.

Essential Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will undertake training in all procedures and work in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) defined under our Quality System Regulations and ISO13485 accreditations.

In summary, the successful candidate will;

  • Dilute and test antibody reagents for performance in immunohistochemical staining of tissues, according to approved procedures
  • Aliquot and package finished goods
  • Document test procedures, organize data and maintain accurate records of work performed according to GMP, QSR and ISO13485
  • Complete and review batch production records to provide cGMP documentation
  • Undertake stock-taking
  • Order laboratory supplies and consumables
  • Support laboratory activities by monitoring equipment and maintaining a clean working environment
  • Participate and contribute in weekly group meetings, manufacturing activity planning and troubleshooting, including reporting results
  • Proactively collaborate with various functionalities to seek the best solutions for the task at hand
  • Communicate information both verbally and in technical reports and notes
  • Role model safe working practices and adhere to all health and safety policies, safeguarding both their own and colleagues’ well-being at work
  • Contribute to continuous improvement and maintain training as set out within the quality manual

Experience Requirements:

  • This is an entry laboratory role and suited to careful and diligent workers with a keen eye for detail

  • The successful candidate will be a self-starter, highly motivated and an enthusiastic team player, with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, meet timelines, and perform simple mathematical calculations according to procedures is a necessity

  • Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records is required

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills are expected

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is needed

  • While no formal training is required, knowledge and experience in immunohistochemistry is advantageous as is previous experience working in a GMP environment

  • Previous laboratory experience including use of basic laboratory equipment will be valuable

About You

This position would suit a hardworking, detail-orientated person who is able to function effectively in a fast-paced and close-knit team environment. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about exceeding our customer expectations and supporting the team to deliver exceptional products. An eagerness to perform work to a high standard with attention to detail are a must. The appointed person will be expected to manufacture quality products within a high output driven environment.

You will be educated, preferable with life-sciences related background, and passionate about what you do. Our ideal candidate will have some experience working in a scientific industry/laboratory or have demonstrable transferable skills with an ability to work to strict timelines and demanding quality standards. Prior experience in the immunohistochemistry field is appreciated, as is any prior experience of working in a regulated environment, although not essential as full training will be provided.

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a fast paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brands in life sciences please apply now!

About Us


Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, Australia, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.

It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.

Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we can offer an attractive flexible benefits package which includes share options, flexible working and a culture focused on wellbeing and opportunities for growth and development.