Research Associate

Biochem · Santa Cruz, California
Department Biochem
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Ontera Inc. is a precision diagnostics company aiming to democratize access to molecular information by making it simple, fast, and cost-effective at the point of need.  Leveraging silicon nanopores to sense single molecules in combination with machine learning, Ontera has developed a highly differentiated suite of platforms. We are developing the only point of care quantitative multi-modal, highly specific, and sensitive platform. Founded in 2011, the company is based in Santa Cruz, California.  



We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to join the Biochemistry Research and Development group at Ontera. The Research Associate position is responsible for conducting experiments in an effort to develop assays for deployment onto Ontera’s solid-state nanopore detection platform. The incumbent will perform established assays, as well as contribute to the development of new experimental tests.


Perform testing on new biochemical assays, software, hardware, and consumable releases and provide feedback to respective groups
Perform common biochemistry assays and other laboratory testing as required (PCR, gel electrophoresis, pH measurement, etc.)
Maintain timely and accurate documentation of all laboratory activities in a lab notebook or electronic notebook
Data collection and analysis on Ontera’s solid-state nanopore devices using custom software

Use spreadsheet and word processing software to analyze data and produce accurate, concise data summaries.
Assist in preparing experimental protocols, project summaries, and technical reports
Prepare written and oral reports for presentation to the supervisor(s) and at departmental meetings
Maintain reagent stocks and equipment inventories
Exercise technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments that contribute to partner projects
Perform additional job-related duties as required
Occasionally, projects require flexibility in work schedule to meet business needs

Perform QC testing and troubleshoot reagent failures

Requires a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, or related field
Computer literate and proficient in MS Office, Google Productivity Suite, or other relevant electronic systems
Ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve within the scope of training
Effective, concise written and verbal communication skills
Well-organized and self-motivated
Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative team
Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and consistently meet deadlines

Experience working in a wet-lab research laboratory setting.
Experience with common molecular biology techniques such as PCR, DNA/RNA purification, or immunoassays.

Reports to Scientist

Job may involve working with or near toxic or infectious materials.  Employee will be required to follow Ontera SOPs and safety procedures, and always wear proper personal protective equipment.


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  • Location
    Santa Cruz, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience