Research Scientist, PCR Expert

San Diego, CA
Aug 12, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Mesa Biotech is a fast growing, ISO certified, FDA cleared, medical device company that has achieved a dramatic simplification in the complexity of DNA and RNA molecular testing. Our patented technology provides everything needed to conduct rapid molecular tests at the point-of-care. The palm-sized, reusable dock and disposable test cassette form a user-friendly system for use anywhere, from the physician’s office to the patient’s home.

We are seeking a motivated and independent molecular biology Research Scientist to support the development of point-of-care molecular diagnostic kits in a demanding, fast-paced environment. You will work independently and closely with other scientists to design and develop multiplexed PCR amplification for point-of-care settings. Additional duties may include device testing, optimization and verification as well as aiding in the QA and QC process. Attention to detail and the ability to write and follow SOPs is critical. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated biochemistry and molecular biology expertise and experience with PCR, multiplexed and Real Time-PCR technology. Experience working with infectious agents in a BSL-2 environment is a must. 

We are looking for someone who has experience in:

  • Designing, and developing RT-PCR, quantitative real time PCR and multiplexed assay methods
  • Hands-on experience with PCR assay development and optimization
  • Isolation of nucleic acids from a variety of sources
  • Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Highly motivated, goal and milestone-driven researcher
  • Good presentation, writing and communication skills
  • Excellent team working and communication skill
  • Design, develop, optimize and validate new PCR-based assays
  • Hands on experience with handling BSL-2 pathogens
  • Clinical validation experience is desirable
  • Excellent presentation, communication, writing technical report
  • Data analysis
  • Primer and DNA sequence analysis
  • Product development experience for FDA 510k regulated IVD products

You will need to have:

  • At least a Bachelor’s in Biology, or related field
  • Minimal of 3 years in IVD product development experience for FDA 510k regulated IVD products
  • Primer and DNA sequence analysis
  • Literature searching
  • Protocol, technical report and SOP writing
  • MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel proficiency

We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical, dental, vision, flex plan, life/disability insurance, 10-paid holidays, 15-days PTO and a 401(k) plan.

If you like the start-up environment, have a problem driven mindset, want autonomy working for an innovative company; get ready to roll-up your sleeves and join our team of collaborative people!