Research Scientist - Molecular Biology

94025, Menlo Park
Jul 30, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Job Description:

The candidate will join the Molecular Biology group in the R&D division where focus is on molecular assays development such as nucleic acid isolation, purification, amplification and labeling technologies. We are seeking talented, motivated individuals to join a collaborative effort to enable development of rapid diagnostic tests of several pathogens from various clinical specimens.

The Candidate will:

  • Design and optimize chemistry and biological assays related to nucleic acid technologies, transferrable to microfluidic devices.
  • Responsible to carry out and participate in assay feasibility, development work and method transfer to other teams as needed.
  • Design, execute and document experiments and trouble-shoot to solve problems.
  • Prepare data and content for presentations, white papers or other company relevant materials.


  • Ph.D. in Microbiology (preferred), or Cellular or Molecular Microbiology or related fields with 5+ years’ experience (academia or industrial) in biology.
  • Expertise in nucleic acid extraction and clean up methods from challenging samples
  • Expertise in assay design, formulation optimization, and trouble-shooting for nucleic acid amplification (qPCR, isothermal amplification).
  • Hands-on experience with qPCR is required, with digital PCR desired.
  • Strong background in microbiology and/or host-pathogen interaction and immune response highly desirable.
  • Experience in development of clinical diagnostic assays for infectious disease.
  • Strong background in bioinformatics tools used for sequence analysis and primer design.
  • Strong background in data analysis and statistics is a must, familiarity with DOE software a plus.
  • The candidate needs to be creative, self-motivated, an out-of-the-box thinker and be able to take initiati