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

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.


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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