Associate Scientist 1

  • Illumina
  • US - California - San Diego
  • Mar 26, 2020
Full time Biotech

Job Description

  • We are looking for a driven, talented Research Associate to join our Test Method Development Team. Our team is an integral part of manufacturing process by providing technical support for new analytical QC methods of Illumina reagent consumables. These highly collaborative, flexible and dynamic individuals partner cross-functionally with R&D, Quality, Production and other engineering groups.


    This is a hands-on, independent position where the incumbent is responsible for the design and execution of experiments for design, development, optimization, qualification and/or transfer analytical methods, ensuring the successful technology transfer into a GMP manufacturing environment.



    • Plan and execute various laboratory activities with limited instruction
    • Recognize potential problems, understand and troubleshoot assays and work to resolve any issues to minimize impact on success of project.
    • Optimize complex assays to achieve commercial levels of stability and performance.
    • Help plan and execute verification and validation studies.
    • Report recommendations based on tested experimental results.
    • Assesses information to ensure data sufficiency and completeness of results.
    • Write experimental protocols and reports
    • Write experimental summaries and prepare technical presentations for updating supervisor and other team members as appropriate. Provide verbal progress reports in both formal and informal settings
    • Interface with various departments.
    • Act as a key contributor within integrated and multidisciplinary teams developing new, and improving existing clinical assays.
    • Assesses information to ensure data sufficiency and completeness of results.
    • Write experimental reports, summaries and protocols for supervisors, project needs, and other teams as appropriate
    • Contribute to the overall success of the project; anticipate problems to minimize issues and work to resolve any issues to minimize impact on success of project
    • Use standard laboratory instrumentation: i.e. UV-VIS, fluorescence plate readers, thermocyclers, liquid handling robotics
    • Perform other duties as needed.


    Listed responsibilities are an essential, but not exhaustive list, of the usual duties associated with the position. Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs



    • Good knowledge of standard molecular biology/nucleic acid-based protocols for both DNA and RNA
    • Experience in oncology and/or IVD product development highly desirable.
    • Solid understanding of scientific principles.
    • Sound laboratory skills required.
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
    • Detail-oriented, organized, ability to implement protocols and keep good notes in a lab notebook.
    • Knowledge of standard molecular biology/nucleic acid-based protocols for DNA
    • Ability to handle hazardous and biohazardous materials including human blood products
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
    • A desire to be part of fast paced dynamic development environment.


    All listed requirements are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional task and responsibilities.




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