Associate, Scientist, IVD/CDx Development

Menlo Park, CA
Oct 01, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

Seeking an Associate Scientist for the R&D IVD product development team to contribute to the development, optimization and validation of assays for post diagnostics cancer analysis. The successful candidate will be responsible for the planning and execution of experiments and data analysis with the mentorship of senior scientists. The ideal candidate is a meticulous, strong teammate with experience in nucleic acid assay development, next generation sequencing workflow and record keeping. Experience working on regulated products and under design control is important. The individual will enjoy working in the lab and have a desire to learn about developing products in a regulated environment. Experience with IVD/CDx development will be a plus for this role.
You will:
  • Develop experiment plans to support study objectives
  • Test and optimize custom protocols
  • Successfully complete R&D experiments to generate high quality data
  • Document experimental details and results and perform preliminary data analysis
  • Present data in technical meetings and assist in writing study protocols and reports
  • Ensure laboratory activities are performed in compliance with best practices for assay and instrument operation, safety, and result documentation

You background and qualifications will include:
  • B.A, B.S. or M.S. degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or relevant fields
  • Minimum 6 years of industry or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 4 years of experience with NGS workflows
  • Proficient with molecular biology laboratory techniques
  • Experience in product development in a regulated environment
  • IVD/CDx development preferred.
  • Attention to detail, safety, good laboratory practice, and good documentation practice
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and willingness to collaborate cross-functionally in a fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Flexibility with change and willingness to find solutions

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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