Research Associate

Richmond, CA
Posted 9 months ago

DiaCarta is seeking a highly motivated, independent and interactive Research Associate to join R&D function in the company. The new team member will participate in R&D activities with the goal of developing and launching new qPCR, NGS and branched DNA tests for IVD cancer diagnostics applications. The successful candidate will have outstanding attention to detail, enjoy working in a fast-paced multidisciplinary team environment, and have exceptional hands on laboratory skills. DiaCarta is a rapidly growing company, so the candidate must be highly motivated and committed to launch their career in an innovative area of molecular diagnostics. This is a full-time role in Richmond and you will be reporting to the Senior Scientist.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supports the research and development of new tests for DiaCarta’s clinical laboratory and external business partners
  • Carefully plans and executes complex laboratory experiments with excellent attention to detail
  • Performs data analysis with advanced analytical tools and contributes insights toward experimental findings
  • Keeps a detailed laboratory notebook and summarizes work in research reports and meeting presentations
  • Converts newly developed protocols and procedures into SOPs
  • Conducts troubleshooting of laboratory processes and protocols
  • Communicates results with colleagues, R&D management, product management, commercial and external partners


  • M. Sc. degree in molecular biology or a related field and 0-1 years’ experience in molecular biology laboratory experience, OR B.S. degree in molecular biology or a related field and 0-2 years molecular biology laboratory experience
  • IVD molecular assay development preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • hands-on experience with PCR techniques including qPCR, multiplex PCR; experience with nucleic acid analysis technologies including Agilent Bioanalyzer, Qubit/Quant-iT, and Nanodrop
  • Experience in IVD assay development preferred
  • Hands on experience with DNA/RNA isolation and purification, primers design, genomic database mining
  • Hands-on experience with Next Generation Sequencing on Illumina platforms is a plus
  • Possess the ability to think creatively and analytically; very strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; excellent time management skills
  • Microsoft Excel experience required
  • Superb attention to detail; produces work of exceptional quality and accuracy
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, evolving environment; able to manage competing priorities
  • Ability to proactively identify issues and address with solutions-oriented approach

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Duties are typically performed in laboratory settings (at least 70% of the time)
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time may be necessary
  • Duties may require working outside normal working hours (evenings and weekends) at times

Job Type

  • Full-Time

Job Features

Job CategoryR&D

Apply Online

A valid email address is required.
A valid phone number is required.