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Molecular Biologist

San Francisco, California, US
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Oct 14, 2021

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Biotium is a leading life science reagent company based in the Bay Area, specializing in developing and manufacturing innovative fluorescent detection kits and reagents.

JOB OBJECTIVE: Research and development with a focus on microbiology and molecular biology, leading to the commercialization of new fluorescence reagents for qPCR, microbial viability, DNA/RNA analysis, and related applications. Primary job responsibility will be biological testing of novel fluorescent dyes, probes, and conjugates developed by Biotium's chemistry R&D group, with the goal of developing innovative research products based on these technologies. Responsibilities also include production, QC testing, and writing product protocols in an ISO 9001-compliant environment.

  • Test fluorescent reagents for microbial staining/imaging, microbial viability, qPCR, DNA/RNA isolation, quantitation, and electrophoresis, nucleic acid probe labeling and hybridization, and other related applications as appropriate.
  • Design and execute experiments at the laboratory bench, make detailed and general observations, and analyze data.
  • Develop methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results with minimal supervision.
  • Launch new products such as reagents and kits, generate product specifications, develop production and QC protocols.
  • Independently plan projects and manage project timelines.
  • Perform production and quality control testing of products in compliance with ISO 9001 protocols.
  • Assist with customer technical support and troubleshooting for products across a variety of applications.
  • Contribute to internally and externally published literature, product manuals, technical marketing materials, and ISO 9001-compliant SOPs.
  • Identify and implement improvements to work processes and laboratory environment.

  • Laboratory experience in molecular biology or microbiology, including qPCR, microbial viability, virology, in situ hybridization, DNA/RNA isolation/quantitation, or similar applications.
  • An independent self-starter who enjoys problem solving and troubleshooting.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to complete multiple tasks quickly and efficiently.
  • Careful, precise and accurate laboratory techniques.
  • Ability to effectively organize tasks, maintain accurate records and documentation of results.
  • Ability to master new skills, methods and instrumentation quickly.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player, and to follow supervisory direction.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to present scientific results clearly and concisely.


· Experience with fluorescence-based technologies a plus.

· Experience with HTRF (Homogeneous Time Resolved Fluorescence) assays a plus.

· Experience with assay development a plus.


Work is carried out in a typical biology laboratory setting. Work may require frequent sitting, standing, walking and lifting and/or carrying of chemicals or chemical containers. Work may also require sitting and working at a computer or standing at a laboratory bench for long periods of time.


Ph.D. in Biology, Biochemistry, or related field. Master's degree with extensive relevant experience also considered.


Salary dependent on experience/education. Company-paid benefits include: medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage, 401(k), 401(k) matching, sick leave, vacation, and holidays, Disability insurance, Life insurance, Flexible schedule, Health savings account, Parental leave, Referral program, Relocation assistance,

Supplemental Pay: Bonus pay


Remote interview process Personal protective equipment provided or required Virtual meetings Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
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