Molecular Biology Research Associate

Cambridge, MA /
Operations /
Biobot Analytics transforms sewers into public health observatories.

We are looking for someone to help us implement and scale our new program to map COVID-19 across the U.S. Your main duty will be to perform lab work to prepare wastewater samples for SARS-CoV-2 detection.

This is a temporary full-time contract position, starting immediately, with the potential for long-term employment. Hours of work are, but not limited to, Monday through Friday from 2pm-10pm (an expected 40 hours per week). This position may require working overtime, and will be compensated with overtime pay for weeks over 40 hours.

Please note that Biobot Analytics is classified as a public health essential service and this position requires being physically present at Biobot for job duties during the COVID19 outbreak.


    • Perform established and approved laboratory protocols to concentrate viruses and genomic RNA from sewage samples, in a BSL2 environment.
    • Analyze RNA extractions by qPCR.
    • Dispose of biohazard waste safely, following approved protocols.
    • Maintain a clean and organized workspace.
    • Work with the rest of the team on various tasks as needed.

Skills & Requirements

    • Prior experience with laboratory bench work, ideally in molecular biology, microbiology, virology, or wastewater epidemiology.
    • Ability to successfully carry out established laboratory protocols.
    • Ideally, experience with Qiagen RNA extraction kits and qPCR
    • Ideally, the drive and experience to improve protocols for efficiency and safety.
    • Exquisite attention to detail, including good sterile and pipetting techniques.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Job Location: Cambridge, MA
Position: Full Time, hourly.
Compensation: $16 - $20 per hour, commensurate with experience. 

About Biobot Analytics
Biobot Analytics uses technology developed at MIT to transform city sewers into public health observatories. We've launched a pro bono program to map COVID-19 across the U.S. and are establishing protocols to test sewage for SARS-CoV-2. If successful, this data will give communities a dynamic map of the virus as it spreads to new places. Headquartered in the Boston area, we aim to create the bedrock of human health infrastructure and smart cities in countries across all six continents.