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Research Associate

San Diego Metro Area, CA

Post Date: 05/03/2017 Job ID: JN -052017-18974 Job Type: Scientific - Material Science


We are looking for a Research Associate 1 with experience in Chemistry and/or Materials Science to contribute to a team within Consumables Development. Experience could be industrial or academic and could include new bioconjugation reaction development, fluorophore synthesis and analysis, polymer chemistry, surface modification, functional materials, biomaterials, and/or the analytical techniques associated with these areas. As a successful candidate you will work in a dynamic, team-oriented environment to create genomic analysis consumable devices that enable leading-edge medical research. You will be a key contributor within integrated and multidisciplinary teams developing new, and improving existing nucleic acid sequencing and sample preparation technology platforms. Responsibilities: Assist in the development of new and existing materials and deposition methods for sequencing and sample preparation platforms. Explore new reaction methodologies to expand the portfolio of sequencing and sample prep chemical transformations and isolation techniques. Learn and apply development techniques such as critical parameter management and design of experiments methodology. Modify surfaces and/or particles toward making functional materials at the biochemistry, chemistry, and/or physics interface. Teach methods developed to other scientists, engineers, research associates, of a range of experience and education levels. Work collaboratively with chemists, biochemists and bioinformaticians, developing new components for DNA analysis platforms. Present clear and concise written and oral communications to colleagues and supervisors, lead and/or participate in technical meetings, and provide recommendations based on technical results. All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional task and responsibilities.
In addition, candidates will have performed many (but not necessarily all) of the following:
  • Demonstrated experience solving challenging, interdisciplinary problems at the interface of biology, chemistry and materials science.
  • Characterized materials using some of the following techniques: ellipsometry, DSC, TGA, FTIR, Raman, SEM, TEM, XPS, TOF-SIMS, AFM, or chromatographic techniques such as GC-MS and HPLC.
  • Used fluorescence-based methods for protein or material labeling techniques such as characterization of surface functionalization and molecular interactions.
  • Experience in performing polymer chemistry or organic chemistry reactions.
  • This could include methods for bioconjugation and cross functionalization of materials.

Preferred Educational Background:
  • The ideal candidate will have a B.A/B.Sc. in Chemistry or Material Sciences with 1-3 years of laboratory experience.
  • Core curriculum experience in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science or Molecular Biology.

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