Job ID: #9616

Molecular Biology Scientist

Rochester, MN
Science Science
Research & Development

Position located in Rochester, MN


Responsibilities of the Molecular Biology Scientist:

  • Development, qualification, and validation of molecular assays under minimal supervision.
  • Independently design primer and fluorescent hydrolysis probes for gene targets of interest to support qPCR, RT-qPCR, and possible ddPCR assays.
  • Understand viral vector designs and develop appropriate molecular assays to support assay development in gene and cell therapies.
  • Understand appropriate statistical models and acceptance criteria for assay performance, relevant to assay qualification and validation.
  • Collaborate with other team members to advance cross-functional scientific projects and standardize adoption of new scientific techniques.
  • Following an onboarding period, the candidate will perform assay development research under minimal supervision, but in close collaboration with other members of the scientific team.
  • Perform recombinant DNA activities, ranging from cloning (Gibson Assembly, PCR, Vector Digestion) and DNA plasmid purification (small & large-scale) and in vitro transcription to generate.


Requirements of the Molecular Biology Scientist:

  • A PhD, Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Virology, Biochemistry or related field.
  • Minimum three years (Advanced degree(s)) or five years (Bachelor’s degree) laboratory experience, including at least two years performing research. Industry Experience Preferred.
  • A robust understanding of molecular assay performance criteria, applicable to fluorescent qPCR/ddPCR assays (including multiplexed assays), according to applicable regulatory guidance.
  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques including DNA and RNA isolations, PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, ddPCR, and cloning.
  • Ability to plan, organize and multi-task to complete assignments in an efficient manner.
  • A sense of urgency, speed, persistence, and organization in a dynamic and exciting work environment.

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