Asuragen Assistant Scientist, Research & Development in Austin, Texas
Assistant Scientist, Research & Development
Asuragen is seeking outstanding Bachelor degree-level scientists who can work as part of an R&D group that is charged with creating innovative amplification-based assays for the detection and quantification of nucleic acid and/or protein biomarkers. This high-impact position will help expand Asuragen’s molecular diagnostics portfolio that currently influences over 15 million patient management decisions each year.
The Assistant Scientist position will work within Asuragen’s R&D team to develop and optimize sample-to-answer workflows for nucleic acid-based tests. This role will support technology initiatives to enable novel multiplexed PCR assays that can resolve multiple classes of DNA, RNA, and protein markers. Assays are designed using fast-and-simple methods that can be broadly deployed in kitted diagnostic products and integrate reagents, instrumentation, and analysis algorithms and software. Successful candidates will join a fast-growing company of nearly 160 employees focused on enhancing patient care through the development of cutting-edge diagnostic assays in disease areas spanning genetic disorders and cancer.
A Bachelor degree in biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, or related field
A strong track record of independence, innovation, and productivity
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to perform experiments and analysis of datasets
A passion for improving patient care through diagnostic technologies, particularly in genetics and oncology
Preferable Experience and Skills:
2+ years industry laboratory expertise in multiple technologies/fields, including multiplexed PCR methods
Application of novel amplification methods, including immuno-PCR and related techniques, for the sensitive detection or quantification of multimodal biomarkers in clinical specimens
Experience contributing to research grant applications (NIH or other)
Experience with capillary electrophoresis instrumentation or nanopore-based sequencing would be a plus
Experience in developing regulated molecular diagnostic tests, especially FDA-approved tests, is a plus
Asuragen is a molecular diagnostics company that is using genomics to drive better patient management through best-in-class clinical testing solutions. The Company enlists a breadth of technologies and talent to discover, develop and commercialize diagnostic products and services with efficiency and flexibility for internal projects and partners in biotechnology and pharmaceutics. Asuragen is located in Austin, Texas, which is consistently ranked in the top 10 of “best of” lists of US cities and offers a superior lifestyle along with top-notch technology, educational, and business benefits. The Company provides a competitive salary, medical, dental, disability and life insurance, a 401(k) plan with company matching, an employee bonus plan, and a tuition reimbursement plan.