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Research Associate/Associate Scientist - Assay Development


San Diego, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Assay, Assay Development,

Job Description

Alere has developed a novel point-of-care in vitro molecular diagnostic platform, the Alere™ i, based on its proprietary isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology (iNAT).  The Alere™ i is capable of detecting a DNA or RNA target in less than fifteen minutes from a crude lysate, with exquisite sensitivity and specificity.  The Alere™ i Influenza A & B test and Alere™ i Strep A test were both recently granted CLIA waivers, with the Influenza A & B test being the first molecular test to obtain such a status.  Alere is currently looking for a creative hands-on Associate Scientist/Research Associate who will be responsible for assay development, to help bring additional tests to market as well as to drive future improvements and applications.

Alere is currently looking for a dynamic individual who will provide molecular diagnostic assay development experience and expertise to further populate the pipeline of tests to be performed on the platform.  The Associate Scientist/Research Associate will perform studies focused on the design, screening, development and optimization of novel assays, as well as expanding the capabilities of the core technology.  An employment opportunity is currently available with Ionian Technologies, a subsidiary of Alere, at our location in San Diego, CA.

Assay Development – Associate Scientist/Research Associate

Perform assay development studies, from design through validation
Perform research related to improving and expanding core technology capabilities
Optimize sample preparation and detection approaches coupled to the iNAT’s core technology
Investigate problem areas and areas of desirable product improvement
Work as a member of a team on assay development efforts, as well as on independent development and improvement projects
Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other scientists, chemists, engineers and manufacturing personnel
Demonstrate technical proficiency in molecular techniques
Perform high level analysis of experimental results
Provide data summaries, written reports and oral presentations to team members


Bachelor’s or M.S. in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or closely related field
Preferred 3 years of assay development experience in an industrial setting
Hands-on nucleic acid amplification and detection technologies experience
Experience with nucleic acid sample preparation methods, including rapid technologies
Work with clinical samples using molecular diagnostic technologies
·         Hands-on molecular diagnostic product development experience a plus
Inventive, with ability to implement ideas in the laboratory
Good communication skills, capable of communicating ideas to colleagues
Excellent analytical and troubleshooting capabilities, with good attention to detail
Ability to work as part of a team

Alere provides excellent compensation and benefits and an innovative environment.  Visit our website to learn more about Alere (  Alere is an equal opportunity employer.