Associate Scientist

Sunnyvale, CA

Posted: 11/12/2018 Position Categories: Science

A biomedical manufacturing company in Sunnyvale, CA is seeking to add an Associate Scientist to their Biotechnology group. This is primarily a bench level job focusing on real time PCR and RT-PCR assay and product development in an FDA-QSR and ISO9001 compliant organization. The ideal candidate will have experience in general molecular biology methods. In addition to technical qualifications, the ideal candidate will be highly goal-oriented and be able to respond to shifting demands and priorities and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to work in a cross-functional team-based environment.

  • Optimize sample preparation, real time PCR and RT-PCR assays for the GeneXpert  company platform based on design input requirements.
  • Help develop strategies for development of complex in vitro diagnostic tests.
  • Maintain detailed experimental records.
  • Prepare and purify DNA and RNA for analysis as appropriate
  • Apply analytical problem solving skills to reagent and system integration issues to identify critical performance factors.
  • Maintain thorough documentation to meet the QRD Design Control, as well as other international standards, such as ISO compliance and GLP/GMP requirements
    • Maintain and promote a safe working environment and ensure that all reagents and supplies meet quality control standards
  • Provide input to the project schedule as required.
  • Communicate with vendors, prepare purchase orders
  • A liaison between external collaborators and biotechnology department for acquisition of clinical specimens
  • Allocate time and resources efficiently, effectively prioritize, and continually seek ways to meet individual, team and corporate goals

Education
BS with 2 to 3 years of experience, or MS with 1 to 2 years of experience at a molecular diagnostics company, public health laboratory or similar institution.

Knowledge and skills:
Experience working with microorganisms involved in infectious diseases. Experience with bacterial and yeast culture will be a plus.

Real time PCR or RT-PCR and product development experience.

Must possess skills/knowledge in handling clinical specimens and be able to work in a BSL-2(+) environment.

Ability to work in a clean room environment.

Excellent documentation and communications skills.

Experience in developing new assays and/or test methods/procedures to build and deliver products with aggressive timelines

Proficiency with standard Microsoft computer programs.

Experience with design of experiments methods desirable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Ability to work in an laboratory environment

For more than forty years, Richmar Associates has connected talented job seekers with Silicon Valley businesses from start-ups to Fortune 500. We specialize in the temporary and direct placement services business. Based in the Silicon Valley, Richmar offers staffing solutions that include temporary, temp-to-hire, payroll service, vendor management and direct placement services to clients in the High-Tech Industry.

Richmar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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