Research Associate - Assay Development

Epic Sciences - San Diego, CA3.5

Full-time
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Epic Sciences, Inc. is developing novel diagnostics to personalize and advance the treatment and management of cancer. Epic’s mission is to enable the rapid and non-invasive detection of genetic and molecular changes in cancer throughout a patient’s journey. The company was founded on a powerful platform to identify and characterize rare cells, including circulating tumor cells (CTCs). Our technology helps match patients to targeted therapies and monitor for drug resistance, so that the best treatment path can be chosen at every clinical decision point. Today, we partner with leading pharmaceutical companies and major cancer centers around the world. Epic’s goal is to commercialize our technology to increase the success rate of cancer drugs in clinical trials and improve patient outcomes by providing physicians real-time information to guide treatment choices.

Research Associate

Reports To: Sr. Scientist, Assay Development Non-Exempt/Hourly

SUMMARY:
The Research Associate will design and contribute to assay development projects using cell-based immunofluorescence staining protocols. This person will design, execute, and interpret experimental results and work under general supervision, independently, and in collaboration with others in a team oriented environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Work as a cross-functional team member across product-development stages from establishing the technical feasibility of an assay to analytically validating a commercial product
Execute assay development objectives for technical feasibility- perform scientific literature searches, select methodologies, antibodies, and cell lines that are optimal for assay development
Assist team in the execution of assay development objectives for commercial products – optimize assays for cost, through-put and turnaround time; characterize assay performance specifications; execute analytical verification and validation of assays
Prepare and order necessary reagents
Analyze data and interpret results
Follow strict quality regulations (e.g., SOPs, GxP, CAP/CLIA)
Draft and review SOPs and other technical documents as necessary
Prepare and present data presentations for internal and external audiences

ADDITIONAL DUTIES:
May occasionally perform additional duties as assigned or directed by management

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
BS in relevant scientific discipline with 2 to 5 years of relevant scientific experience
Must learn and demonstrate compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements
Demonstrated knowledge of cellular biology, biochemistry and immunology
Experience with immuno-fluorescent assays such as IHC, fluorescent microscopy or flow cytometry
Experience working independently and with a team
Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
Experience in medical diagnostics is preferred

REQUIRED SKILLS:
Excellent oral/written communication skills
Exceptional interpersonal skills; works well with others
Proficient in computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and GraphPad, JMP

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:
Performance Orientation – Is driven by personal performance; achieves all objectives detailed in scorecards and comfortable with quantifiable assessments.
Impact Orientation – Performs to stated objectives and driven to make an impact on company goals and patients’ lives.
Competitive – Dedicated to a competitive spirit that supports the Epic Sciences’ goal to be the premier CTC technology in the industry.
Sense of Urgency – Has the speed and agility dedicated to the company’s goals and performance.
Ability to Handle Pressure and Ambiguity – Comfortable with the pressure to be the best and the ability maintain composure and focus in situations of ambiguity and uncertainty.
Confidence - Confident in one’s skills and abilities; pursues everything with energy; demonstrates the drive and a need to finish especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit.
The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
Transition from standing and sitting often.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

General office environment. Daily exposure to PCs and networks.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Disclaimer:
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Epic Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to the principle of diversity