Research Associate, Solutions

Location: South San Francisco, CA

Department: Solutions

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Position Overview

What makes employees love showing up for work each day to pursue their job with passion? What are the secrets to a company culture that drives innovation, fun and collaboration? Second Genome, a fast-growing biotechnology company at the cutting edge of microbiome science, is seeking to hire a Research Associate, Solutions who will help us execute experiments and process laboratory projects and specimens that we receive through our Microbiome Profiling Services.

The Research Associate, Solutions will report to the Lab Manager, Solutions, with whom you will collaborate on accessioning, cataloging and storing specimens under appropriate conditions, performing different laboratory assays, and maintaining laboratory equipment and reagents.  We are seeking an organized, personable, team player who can efficiently achieve goals in a deadline-driven environment.  The right person for this role is passionate about microbiome research and has cultivated laboratory best practices as habits.


·       Follow protocols to execute on laboratory processes and generate high quality data

·       Track progress of received samples from accessioning to data delivery and communicate any issues to the Lab Manager

·       Day-to-day management of laboratory reagents and maintenance of key laboratory equipment

·       Produce general consumables for laboratory operation

·       Assist with additional miscellaneous laboratory tasks as required

·       Understand and adhere to safety guidelines


What we’re looking for:

·       A Laboratory Star: You love working at the bench and finding ways to improve laboratory techniques and processes.  You have a positive attitude and can balance heavy workloads and multiple deadlines.  You understand phrases like GLP, SOP, and QA/QC and are always looks to learn and expand your laboratory knowledge.

·       A Team Player: You are professional in appearance and demeanor; you are friendly, outgoing and personable. You are extremely reliable and have strong attention to detail. You thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment that values collaboration and innovation.

·       An Analytical Problem-Solver: You are able to assess problem situations to identify root causes,, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or solve the problem based on available data.

·       An Organizer: You are exceptionally well organized. You know how to set priorities, stick to a work schedule, monitor multiple projects and experiments, and keep meticulous documentation.

·       An Excellent Communicator: You speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques. You know how to keep a neat laboratory notebook and understand the importance of documentation in the laboratory.



·       Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant biological discipline

·       Minimum 2 years experience in an academic or clinical laboratory setting; Additional work experience in BSL2 and CLIA laboratories is a plus

·       Experience with molecular biology techniques and nucleic acid handling, such as DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, gel electrophoresis, Bioanalyzer

·       Experience processing a wide variety of complex and low-biomass biospecimen samples, such as tissue, stool, swabs, soil

·       Experience with next generation sequencing instrumentation and assays

·       Experience with microbiome profiling sequencing assays preferred, such as 16S rRNA gene, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomic sequencing

·       Experience with high-throughput sample processing and library prep is a bonus

·       General computer skills and proficiency with Apple products, Google Applications and Microsoft Office suite

·       Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted


Second Genome perks:

As a full-time employee, you will receive:

·       Competitive salary and employee stock options.

·       Catered lunches and fully stocked snacks and beverages.

·       Four weeks paid time off and holidays.

·       A fantastic, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plan options.

·       401(k) plan, pre-tax commuter benefits, and flex spending accounts

·       Monthly “wellness” subsidy.

·       Apple computer, and other technology.

·       Friendly office environment with great colleagues.


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