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Research Associate I

Job Details

Job Ref:
1001 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA
Employment Type:
Full Time

Winning the race to bring new healthcare products safely to a waiting world drives Rapid Micro Biosystems (RMB) to combine today’s innovative technologies as never before. Your career at RMB puts you at the center of diverse global teams that span robotics, AI, Machine Learning, imaging, microbiology, and more, re-shaping how urgently needed pharmaceuticals are made, tested, and released for decades to come. The sky’s the limit.

Careers at RMB are fast-moving, with the high growth you’d expect from a world leader in microbiology automation. Advancement at RMB affords an opportunity to achieve your personal goals and develop your passions, in an inclusive environment where every employee has the resources and opportunities to hone their skills. You’ll do more, learn more, and have the ability to make a profound impact on our business.

We are seeking Research Associate I for the R&D Microbiology group based in Lowell, MA emphasizing teamwork, creativity, and intellectual achievement. The candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with our highly skilled scientists and engineers on a variety of cross-functional projects in developing new applications, technologies, and products for rapid microbial enumeration assays. You should be an energetic self-starter with documented productivity and integrity; strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work in a safe manner with strict adherence to all procedures.

  • Perform experimental protocols as defined.

  • Maintain laboratory notebooks and other documentation relevant to the quality system.

  • Analyze data and write up results as appropriate in a timely manner.

  • Give oral and written presentations of work to co-workers and management.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment and supplies as needed in collaboration with the team.

  • Work collaboratively and efficiently with internal scientific resources.

  • May need to work nights and weekends on occasion to meet critical deadlines.

  • Provide technical support to the Growth Direct system in the areas of:

  • Feasibility testing of development or customer provided samples.

  • Development of new microbial test applications in support of sales and marketing.

  • Assist in troubleshooting/complaint investigations from the field.

  • Provide technical support for the Rapid Micro sales/marketing team

  • Assist in preparation and review of feasibility study reports, application document (e.g., technical briefs, white papers).

  • This position is not expected to involve travel (<5%).

Education & Required Qualifications

  • Associates degree in Microbiology, or Biological sciences and 1-2 years’ experience with general microbiological methods, experimental test protocol, and results preparation (academic and/or industry)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, or Biological sciences and 0-2 years’ experience with general microbiological methods, experimental test protocol, and results preparation (academic and/or industry) in Microbiology, or Biological Sciences with a major in microbiology.
  • Well-versed with general microbiology laboratory techniques such as aseptic technique, culturing methodologies, microbial testing methods for bioburden and environmental monitoring, pipetting, autoclaving, and surface disinfection
  • Problem-solving and troubleshooting analytical skills.
  • Good communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Enthusiastic, detail oriented and capable of working independently as well as within a multifunctional team.
  • Familiarity with word processing and data spreadsheet software, such as MS Office (particularly MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel) is required.
  • Good writing and oral presentation skills are required. ?
  • Preferred Requirements & Skills
  • Experience working with Biosafety Level 2 organisms.
  • Experience in an ISO or GMP/GLP qualified lab environment and an understanding of statistical analysis a plus.
  • Experience in experimental design desirable.
  • Work is primarily in a laboratory setting with some time spend in meetings and at a computer to analyze and write protocols or reports


Rapid Micro Biosystems creates, sells, validates, and services innovative products for fast, accurate, and efficient detection of microbial contamination in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, biologics, biotechnology products, medical devices, and personal care products.

The company’s Growth Direct™—the first and only growth-based system to automate rapid compendial QC Micro testing—ensures data integrity, compliance, and operational efficiencies driven by rapid methods and automation.

Rapid Micro Biosystems is dedicated to providing groundbreaking technology and products to support companies in their journey to achieve greater reliability, efficiency, and better predictability, ultimately providing higher quality products for improved patient outcomes.

Rapid Micro Biosystems is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, with operations in Lowell and Freising, Germany.

Equal Opportunity:

Rapid Micro Biosystems is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. Applicants for employment and employees are reviewed on their individual qualifications for a position. Under no circumstances will Rapid Micro Biosystems discriminate against qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual

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