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Research Associate I
Ref No.: 17-14504
Location: San Diego, California
Job Summary:
As a Research Associate you will support the development of Client microfluidic platforms. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team solving complex problems, working on integration issues and investigating new research areas.
Hands-on testing, integration and optimization of microfluidic systems including fluidics, hardware, firmware, software, and chemistry/reagents
Quickly fabricate and test prototyped microfluidic systems
Conduct system level testing, assay testing, image and statistical analysis
Translate benchtop assays to prototype microfluidic systems
Use standard lab instrumentation: fluorescence plate readers, fluorescence microscopes, thermocyclers, bioanalyzers, DNA sequencers, syringe pumps, fluidic sensors, pressure sensors
Develop and implement experimental test plans
Record and analyze complex data sets including image analysis and statistical analysis
Develop creative solutions to troubleshoot issues
Willingness to be hands-on
Share and record experimental results for an audience with broad technical backgrounds at technical meetings

Microfluidics with solid background in engineering fundamentals
Experience with prototyping microfluidic systems: 3D printers, CO2 laser, laser ablation, profilometry
Experience with image analysis (ImageJ, Virtual Dub, Matlab or other image analysis methods) and statistical software including JMP
Experience with scripting languages such as python or the National Instrument environment to operate prototype instruments
Experience with CAD including Solidworks for simple part design for fixtures for fabrication
Demonstrated ability to understand and successfully work across multiple disciplines including engineering, biology, and software is highly desired
1-2 years of engineering work with prototype microfluidic testing systems
1-2 years of experience in a clean room
1-2 years of experience in a lab environment with wet biology or chemistry experience
1-2 years of experience in product development is highly desired
Experience with sequencing, library prep and PCR is highly desired
Organized and detail oriented
Clear communicator and a team player
Multidisciplinary approach to problem solving
A desire to be part of face paced dynamic environment