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Job Title:  Associate Scientist I

Req ID:  27905
Job Category:  Research & Development/Scientific

Mentor, OH, US, 44060


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

The Associate Scientist I will work in the Product Development team working with several strains of BSL1 organisms and employ microbiology methodologies including but not limited to aseptic technique, plate counting, inoculation and recovery of test articles and serial dilutions. The position will require accurately maintaining, recording, and reporting test data. Additionally, must possess the ability to perform and accurately document tasks according to established work instructions and written protocols in a timely manner, while working both independently and within a team on multiple studies at different stages of the process.

What You Will Do

  • Carries out assigned projects, laboratory work, and data analysis under the direction of a supervisor.
  • Operates and maintains laboratory equipment.
  • Works under supervision with direct instructions.
  • Carries out routine and semi-routine tasks independently.
  • Understands and complies with accepted laboratory and safety procedures.
  • Demonstrates excellent laboratory technique.
  • Resolves issues using problem solving techniques Demonstrates solid proficiency of the following:
    • Microbiology techniques
    • Aseptic techniques
    • Use and interpretation of test controls in experiments
    • Work with different sterilization technologies (VHP, liquid chemical, steam, EtO)
    • Inoculation and recovery of test articles
    • Operation of laboratory equipment used in testing
  • Responsible for maintenance of microbiology equipment (BSCs, incubators, etc.).


  • Demonstrates basic understanding of the following:
    • Sterility assurance
    • D-values
    • Bacterial spores
    • Sterilization technologies
    • Micro tests required for FDA clearance of a non-traditional sterilizer


  • Maintains spore stocks (population and purity evaluations, places new samples into culture collection).
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the following:
    • Resistance (D-value) testing 
    • SCBI and CI evaluations
    • ½ Cycle testing in various sterilization technologies
    • Modified total kill testing
    • Critical parameters testing
    • Simulated use testing
    • Reduced incubation testing


  • Completes BSL-2 Lab training.
  • Perform testing to develop, evaluate and release biological indicators.
  • Prepare microbiological media.
  • Maintains a laboratory notebook and documents laboratory data accurately and timely.
  • Helps meet laboratory quality, housekeeping, and regulatory compliance.
  • Perform all work in a safe and environmentally conscious manner.

What You Need To Be Successful

  • Requires 0-5 years of related laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in a team environment.
  • Maintains a level of technical knowledge consistent with current scientific literature and best practices.
  • Complies with established protocols and within regulatory and laboratory requirements.
  • Understands and complies with accepted laboratory and safety procedures.
  • Independently operate various standard instruments and perform basic maintenance according to established methods.
  • Basic understanding of molecular biology techniques and use of applicable equipment.

Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry is preferred.
  • Cell culture experience desirable. 


  • Demonstrates good writing skills for the following:
    • Work Instructions s and their revisions
    • Test plans/protocols
    • Laboratory reports
    • OOS reports
  • Demonstrates oral communication skills:
    • Reporting of laboratory results to supervisor are accurate
    • Give presentations to group


  • Possess basic laboratory skills related to job field.
  • Skilled in the use of basic microbiology and/or chemistry laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to read and follow protocols/work instructions/methods.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Good communication (technical writing, written and verbal) and problem solving skills.
  • Team player.
  • Ability to work in a methodical and organized fashion within established timelines.

What We Offer You

This is a great opportunity to join a well-established, global company that will invest in your career growth over the long term. STERIS wouldn’t be where it is today without our incredible, talented people. That’s why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring people who are in it for the long run with STERIS is our ultimate goal.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Competitive pay
  • Annual merit and bonus plans
  • Training and coaching
  • Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Paid vacation time and paid holidays
  • Tuition assistance
  • Opportunities for advancement


STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  27905
Job Category:  Research & Development/Scientific

Mentor, OH, US, 44060

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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