Research Associate I

Click Diagnostics ( is an early stage Biotech startup located in North San Jose, CA that is looking to hire a Research Associate to its assay development team. This ambitious and fast-paced company is taking an innovative approach to medical diagnostic tests. 

Scope of Position

This position will support the transition from Research & Development (R&D) to Validation & Verification (V&V) and beyond.

Position includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting with general lab maintenance such as cleaning and decontamination
  • Supporting scientific research with reagent preparation, stability studies, inventory keeping, equipment maintenance and calibration
  • Performing verification studies of equipment, reagents, and procedures
  • Testing and executing company Work Instructions for the production and QC of reagents
  • Building kits and assembling product devices as needed
  • Working with senior scientist to conduct scientific research and experiments, such as reagent preparation, DNA extractions, PCR, data analysis, and writing experimental reports
  • Communicating results to the in-house team
  • Working closely with colleagues to resolve reagent, material, and instrument issues
  • Following protocols: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Documentation Practice (GDP), and all pertinent internal and external regulatory guidelines

Skills, Experience, Education

  • BA/BS degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a closely related field
  • At least 2 years work experience in industry or academia, preferably in vitro diagnostics (IVD) field
  • Skills in pipetting, aliquoting and calculating dilutions for reagents
  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid extraction, amplification (PCR) and detection (qPCR, gel electrophoresis, ELISA)
  • Preferred, but not required: previous exposure to Quality Management System (QMS) documentation, statistical analysis software, Design of Experiments (DOE), cell culture, and PCR primer design
  • The ideal candidate is organized, meticulous, has excellent communication skills, is able to work well both independently and as part of team, and has flexibility to change directions as needed
  • Candidate is comfortable working with clinical samples and pathogenic organisms (BSL-2)


  • Salary, bonus, full benefits, company stock options
  • Title is dependent on education and experience

Please e-mail your resume to with the subject "Research Associate I”.