Research Associate - NGS
Job Details
Waltham, MA - Waltham, MA
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree

By joining Exosome Diagnostics, a Bio-Techne brand (NASDAQ: TECH), you will have an impact on future cutting-edge research. Exosome Diagnostics is a liquid biopsy company that harness the power of Exosomes as a multi-analyte component of Liquid Biopsies. Bio-Techne, and all of its brands, provides tools for researchers in Life Sciences and Clinical Diagnostics.

Position Summary:

This Research Associate position will be responsible for carrying out technical experimentation and maintaining records and documentation while developing lab routines for biofluid-based exosome assays for cancer, metabolic and other diseases. Candidate must have strong technical aptitude and a creative drive to solve challenging technical issues. Must be skilled in the art of molecular biology especially in the field of next generation sequencing (NGS), carefully document every aspect of the work, have a strong sense for details, and capable of multitasking in a dynamic work environment.


Essential Functions:

  • Generate NGS libraries for sequencing of RNA and DNA.
  • Develop work routines including automation and standard operating procedures.
  • Support in-house development of NGS assays that could be validated in CLIA setting.
  • Support custom projects for biomarker discovery.
  • Report and document results and progress to colleagues, clients and for IP.
  • Contribute and write experimental plans, protocols, SOPs and reports.
  • Carry out troubleshooting activities per team decision or from supervisor.
  • Take routine laboratory responsibilities and comply with laboratory rules.
  • Follow company policies and practices as outlined in all company resources and external sources, including, but not limited to, safety and compliance guidelines (e.g.-- CLIA, CAP, HIPAA, OSHA, and related safety guidelines).
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Education and Experience: 

  • BS/MS in life sciences with 2+ years of experience in a molecular biology laboratory, NGS core facility or a medical testing lab, preferably in biotech industry.
  • 1+ years of preferably recent hands-on experience in Next Generation Sequencing library construction.
  • Familiarity with commercially available NGS kits for targeted and non-targeted RNA & DNA sequencing.
  • Experience with PCR based nucleic acid extraction and detection techniques (e.g. qRT-PCR).
  • Versed in molecular biology and familiarity with cancer biology is a plus.
  • Prior experience working with biofluids and cell free DNA is a plus.
  • Prior experience working in a regulated environment is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Experienced with a variety of molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid extraction, amplification and detection.
  • Experienced with molecular biology techniques with hands-on experience with various nucleic acid, protein and NGS testing platforms and technology landscape.
  • Strong project management abilities to prioritize and schedule multiple concurrent projects.
  • Excellent communication skills and can implement technologies developed from R&D into a CLIA and/or FDA-regulated environment.
  • Excellent work ethics with high-level of professionalism and integrity.
  • Strong interpersonal interaction skills and demonstrable ability to work collaboratively at all levels within the Bio-Techne organization.
  • Skilled in anticipating and resolving issues
  • Able to perform a wide variety of tasks and multi-task efficiently
  • Professional demeanor
  • Self-directed and creative
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Strong technical skills and job and industry knowledge
  • High communication proficiency both verbal and written, in technical and non-technical domains.
  • Skilled in anticipating and resolving issues
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management
  • Proficient in the use of computer applications and software, including Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Ability to monitor key metrics.

Why Join Bio-Techne:

  • We offer competitive salaries along with extensive medical, vision, and dental plans for you and your family starting on day one!
  • We invest in our employees’ financial futures through 401k matching and an employee stock purchase plan.
  • We help our employees develop their careers through mentorship, promotional opportunities, training and development, internship programs, tuition reimbursement, and more.
  • We offer employee resource groups, volunteer paid time off, employee events, and charity drives to build a culture of caring and belonging. 
  • We foster a culture of empowerment and innovation, where employees feel valued and encouraged to bring their new ideas to the table.

Where permitted by applicable law, candidate must have received or be willing to receive an FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered for this position


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