Research Associate

Cambridge, MA /
Research & Development – Other /
Company Overview 
Our world is always turning, but in early 2020, it swerved. Professor Feng Zhang, a world-renowned  molecular biologist leading a research lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, hit pause on his  then-current work and, along with fellow colleagues, pivoted to address our emergent need: the  COVID-19 pandemic. 

Along with our world class team that is fueled by an insatiable urge to solve difficult problems, Dr.  Zhang founded Proof Diagnostics to develop a cutting edge, CRISPR-based platform for nucleic acid  detection that has been optimized for ease of use, speed and performance. Our first test system -- designed to detect COVID-19 -- will enable us to fulfill our mission to participate in restoring a degree  of normalcy to our world. Further, our scalable platform for rapid, accurate, convenient, and affordable  infectious disease detection can be applied to address many more problems in healthcare.

If this sounds interesting, come join our talented and growing team at Proof Diagnostics. With your  help, we are excited to pioneer and push the boundaries of what is possible in molecular diagnostics. 

Position Summary 
The successful candidate will execute studies, conduct data analysis, and document results. This role  will interact with other groups and functionalities in the research and product development teams.  Successful candidates will join an exciting and fast-paced team focused on improving human health  worldwide through a highly innovative platform for molecular diagnostics.    

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 
● Contributes to experimental design, data analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving to improve methods or procedures. 
● Participate in product development related activities including integration testing 
● Conducts laboratory and study activities according to study protocols, Standard  Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Work Instructions (WIs) to maintain  the safety of self and colleagues and the integrity of the data collected. 
● Proficient at carrying out assignments with general guidance in planning, organizing  and meeting deadlines. 
● Communicates regularly with supervisor to relay project progress, experiment results, and data analysis, and discuss challenges 
● Good documentation is essential to this position and includes recording all work,  notebooks and other documentation for assigned projects/experiments 
● Other duties as assigned.

 Job Requirements and Necessary Skills: 
● B.S or M.S. degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related field or  comparable industry experience 
● 0-2 years industry experience (IVD a plus) 
● Knowledge and laboratory experience with molecular biology techniques sucas  nucleic acid extraction and qPCR. Strong analytical and quantitative skills.
● Experience working in BSL2 environment a plus 
● Excellent oral and written communication skills 
● Capable of adjusting to dynamic working environment and changing priorities, while  ensuring timely completion of assigned tasks 
● Eager to join an intellectually stimulating and creative startup group working at the  cutting edge of molecular diagnostics 
● Flexibility to work evening hours if needed  


Proof Diagnostics offers excellent healthcare, dental, and vision benefits, as well as stock option  compensation, a 401(k) program, and commuting reimbursement (where applicable). Proof  Diagnostics is a fast-paced, high-growth company working diligently to make affordable and  convenient molecular diagnostic testing accessible to everyone. Proof Diagnostics values diversity and treats all employees and job applicants based on merit,  qualifications, competence and talent. Proof Diagnostics will not discriminate against any  employee or applicant based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual  orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.