Research Associate

San Diego, CA
Aug 09, 2019
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

The Research Associate’s responsibilities include characterization of biological samples using a wide range of techniques including immunochemistry, PCR, and colorimetric methods. They will prepare technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses. The individual is also responsible for research and development activities in collaboration with others on various projects. He or she makes detailed observations, analyzes data, and interprets results. He or she maintains familiarity with current scientific literature and contributes to the process of a project within his or her scientific discipline. The Research Associate will develop new methods and technologies for project advancement. He or she may also be responsible for identifying patentable inventions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Optimize and execute biochemical techniques for the characterization of key biomolecules (nucleic acids and proteins).
  • Follow research plans and experimental outlines to write experimental protocols and perform laboratory experiments.
  • Present clear project summaries in written and verbal formats to supervisor and other members of the scientific team.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgement to interpret results, analyze data and present findings in a professional and knowledgeable manner.
  • Perform scientific trouble-shooting and problem solving.
  • Adhere to applicable regulatory guidelines.
  • Ability to work a normal schedule of Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Other related duties as required and/or assigned.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds for approximately 10% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work seated for approximately 50% of a typical working day. Ability to work standing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen, and/or perform typing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, or related field; or high school degree/general education diploma and 4+ years of relevant experience in lieu of degree.
  • Experience with standard molecular biology (DNA/RNA purification, PCR, SDS-PAGE, BioAnalyzer).
  • Experience with the culture of mammalian cells.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a proficiency in writing detailed technical documentation.
  • Basic statistical knowledge.
  • Competent in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong ownership of technical success.
  • Ability to execute experimentation independently and effectively communicate the results.
  • Strong organizational and time management and the ability to work under stressful conditions and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, goal-oriented team environment.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years post-degree laboratory work experience.
  • Experience working with blood and/or saliva.
  • Familiarity with Quality Management System and GLP/GMP/ISO 13485 regulations.