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Job Title:  Associate Scientist

Req ID:  27744
Job Category:  Research & Development/Scientific

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447


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 is responsible for carrying out assigned projects, laboratory work and data analysis related to Microbiology under the direction of a supervisor.  


  • Independently operates and various standard microbiology instruments and performs basic maintenance according to established methods (BSCs, incubators, etc). 
  • Demonstrates excellent laboratory technique, as well as understanding and compliance with accepted laboratory and safety procedures.
  • Demonstrates solid proficiency of Microbiology techniques, aseptic techniques, operation of related HLD and sterilization equipment, use and interpretation of test controls in experiments. 
  • Maintains a level of technical knowledge consistent with current scientific literature and best practices.  Demonstrates basic understanding of sterility assurance, D-values, bacterial spores, most resistant materials (MRM). 
  • Ensures efficient laboratory operation through acquisition and inventory control of consumable lab supplies, materials and chemicals. 
  • Demonstrates good writing skills in assisting with writing SOPs and their revisions, test plans/protocols, laboratory reports, & OOS reports. 
  • Maintains a laboratory notebook and documents laboratory data accurate and timely. 
  • Demonstrates skill in the verbal communication of accurate laboratory results to supervisor, and presenting findings to the group. 
  • Carries out routine and semi-routing tasks independently, while performing work under direct supervision and instruction. 

Education Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biological Science

Required Experience

  • 0-5 years of related laboratory experience


  • Basic skill in microbiology laboratory technique and use of basic microbiology equipment
  • Strong communication (technical, written and verbal) and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate successfully within a team
  • Works in a methodical and organized fashion within established timelines
  • Ability to read and follow SOPs, technical documents, protocols and methods
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite


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:  27744
Job Category:  Research & Development/Scientific

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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