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Laboratory Associate I

Sheridan, IN

Position Title: Laboratory Associate I
Department/Division: R & I
Position Reports To: Laboratory General Manager
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Approx. # of People Supervised: 0
Job Grade: N/A

Summary/Purpose of Position:
The primary function of this position is to apply lab analytical tools to perform research and better understand the mode of action of various animal nutrition products. Will also perform QA/QC analysis on grain, animal feed and nutrition products. The Lab Associate I will apply technical expertise in laboratory environments to lead method development and improvement.

Primary Job Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Assists in designing and executing experiments around gene expressions, protein techniques, in-vitro modeling and other molecular techniques.
  • Draws conclusions based on sample analyses (enzymatic assays, ELISA, and other analytical procedures) and recommends follow-up actions to make product improvements and QC decisions.
  • Prioritizes and performs sample analyses to accomplish research goals and serve customer QA/QC needs
  • Develops, evaluates and implements protocol improvements
  • Applies in vitro animal models to confirm product specification /potential /limitation,performance versus competitors, and marketing strategies
  • Analyzes and interprets sample results suggesting follow-up actions and conclusions
  • Collaborates with animal nutrition and farm groups to identify new opportunities for lab involvement to achieve targeted research goals
  • Leads and assists with execution of research trials including set-up, sample collection, and data analysis
  • Maintains lab database, SOP’s, protocols, MSDS while ensuring compliance with all safety procedures
  • Maintains lab equipment, supplies and prepares assay reagents

Additional Job Responsibilities/Duties

  • Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned

Typical Work Environment

  • A large portion of this work is conducted in a laboratory environment with exposure to chemicals and various types of laboratory equipment
  • A portion of this work is conducted in a temperature-regulated office
  • A small portion of this work is conducted at a commercial feed mill and research farm

Minimum Job Qualification Requirements:


  • BS Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Animal Science or equivalent professional experience

Relevant Job Experience:

  • 1-4 years experience in chemical or biochemical testing procedures

Specialized Job/Technical Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of spectrophotometric measurement techniques
  • Desired knowledge of cell culture techniques, or have ability to learn
  • Knowledge of in vitro animal models
  • Knowledge of the proper use and preparation of chemicals
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures
  • Knowledge of routine equipment calibration protocols
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment maintenance protocols
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software

Non-Technical Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal & communications skills
  • Ability to perform job without close supervision
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent accuracy in performing work
  • Collaboration in a team-based environment
  • Champion of United Animal Health cultural values
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize work


  • None

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 20 or more pounds periodically
  • Ability to work around chemicals including enzymes

Safety Requirements:

  • Follow all company safety procedures and safety regulations

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