Research Associate I in South San Francisco, CA at Volt

Date Posted: 4/19/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Job Type:
  • Duration:
    48 weeks
  • Date Posted:
  • Job ID:
  • Contact Name
    Volt Branch
  • Phone

Job Description

Volt has a great opportunity for a Research Associate to work with your client in in South San Francisco, CA. 

This role will be supporting Chemistry R&D department working on Ion Torrent Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology. NGS is increasingly becoming the technology of choice in the research and clinical settings for a wide variety of applications such as companion diagnostics for cancer treatment, prenatal screening and rare disease diagnostics.

In this role, you will be part of a high performance, cross-disciplinary team developing new technologies for the next generation of our sequencing platforms leveraging principles in biosensing, MEMS, surface and polymer chemistry.

Key responsibilities:

  • Characterize and optimize the surface chemistry  of semiconductor devices
  • Perform sequencing experiments on Ion platforms for testing of new candidates of DNA delivery vehicles and functionalized chip surfaces
  • Analyze data, derive conclusions, document findings, write SOPs and prepare reports for sharing within and between R&D groups
  • Develop new analytical tools and assays as needed
  • Learn new Ion platforms and become conversant in operating & troubleshooting them
  • Maintain a detailed and organized lab notebook
  • Interact within Chemistry R&D group as well as with other collaborating R&D groups

Minimum requirements:

  • BS or MS in Bioengineering, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or equivalent
  • Minimum 1-2 years of hands-on experience in an advanced research lab
  • Good knowledge of DNA amplification and sequencing technologies is desirable
  • Basic programming skills and basic research understanding of biosensing, MEMS and fluidic automation
  • Proficiency in statistical data analysis and basic programming (Matlab, JMP, etc.). Knowledge in database query (SQL, R, etc) is desirable
  • Proficiency in fluorescence microscopy & other imaging methods
  • Moderate to intensive pipetting and long continuous periods in the lab doing experiments

Desired qualities:

  • Fast learner and a self-starter
  • Anticipates needs and problems while creating solutions. Not always instruction-based
  • Demonstrates a sense of urgency, contagious optimism and a “can do” attitude
  • Is curious, inquisitive, innovative, never satisfied with the status quo
  • Greets challenge and change as opportunity
  • Collaborates with others and strong orientation towards team work

Volt is an equal opportunity employer.