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Associate Scientist, Assay Development at Illumina, Inc.

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

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Type: Part-Time
Location: Foster City, California

Job Description:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics or related field and a minimum of 2 years of related experience; or an advanced degree without experience; or equivalent work experience.

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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