Job ID: #9618

Research Associate/Associate Scientist-Molecular Biology

Rochester, MN
Science Science
Research & Development

Position located in Rochester, MN


Responsibilities of the Research Associate/Associate Scientist-Molecular Biology:

  • Organizes and conducts routine and non-routine molecular assays in compliance with applicable methods, protocols, SOPs, and regulatory agency guidelines.
  • Plans and performs nucleic acid extractions on various types of biological samples (nonclinical, preclinical, and clinical matrices).
  • Documents work and maintains study documentation and laboratory records.
  • Learns to set up, operate, and perform routine and non-routine maintenance on general equipment and so maintain it in compliance with GLP and SOP requirements.
  • Under instruction can 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 assay controls.


Requirements of the Research Associate/Associate Scientist-Molecular Biology:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Life sciences, Molecular biology, Biochemistry, Biology or related field.
  • Minimum two years laboratory experience. Industry experience preferred.
  • Possess a cursory understanding of qPCR and RT-qPCR to perform relative and absolute quantification of gene targets using fluorescent hydrolysis probes in at least a single-plex (or multiplex preferred) format.
  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques including DNA isolation, PCR, 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.


Valued Complementary Skills of the Research Associate/Associate Scientist-Molecular Biology:

  • Mammalian cell culture experience, familiarity with ddPCR and corresponding platforms, biostatistical analyses and general report creation, using Microsoft Office suite and GraphPad Prism.

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