R&D Scientist Advanced in La Jolla, CA at Volt

Date Posted: 7/27/2020

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    La Jolla, CA
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  • Duration:
    48 weeks
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    Volt Branch
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Job Description

Volt has multiple openings for a R&D Scientist in La Jolla, CA.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to support product development efforts within theĀ Genomics organization. This is a hands-on position contributing to nucleic acid isolation-based projects. In this position, you will generate data to demonstrate the performance and effectiveness of manual and automated nucleic acid purification systems.


  • Perform wet lab bench experiments as the primary responsibility to develop new methodologies for rapid, high-throughput, automated isolation and analysis of nucleic acids
  • Design, execute, and analyze data from experiments, troubleshoot technical issues, and plan next steps to meet required technical specifications
  • Effectively communicate scientific results in both written format and orally at group and cross-functional team meetings
  • Collaborate with product development teams across the Genomics organization, including virtually with colleagues at remote sites
  • Ability to independently drive main projects forward with limited, but appropriate, direction from Team Leads
  • Assist in writing product specifications, test plans/reports, and life cycle documentation
  • Meticulously document experiments and verification/validation (V&V) studies according to existing Quality Management System
  • Ensure all aspects of V&V are conducted according to internal and external quality and regulatory requirements

  • MS or PhD in Molecular Biology or related life science field
  • At least 5-7 years of post-academic professional laboratory experience, preferably in the regulated molecular diagnostics industry
  • Hands-on and theoretical experience with nucleic acid chemistry, molecular biology, and genetics
  • Familiar with manual and automated nucleic acid isolation/purification procedures (historical perspective as well as versed in latest technologies) including HPLC, etc.
  • Familiar with nucleic acid quantification methods and their various strengths and weaknesses
  • Familiar with nucleic acid labeling and detection methods
  • Able to manipulate nucleic acids -- e.g. cloning
  • Versed in QPCR/QRT-PCR and related down-stream nucleic acid detection methodologies; prior experience with DNA sequencing technologies preferred
  • Ability to develop new methods based on nucleic acid chemistry background with an inventive perspective
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with standard scientific analysis software and tools

Volt is an Equal Opportunity Employer