Research Technician, Molecular Biology


At MicroGEM, we are putting rapid diagnostic technologies where they’re needed most – whether it’s a farmer’s field in Uganda to diagnose cassava mosaic virus; the depths of the Pacific Ocean to rapidly sample and analyze water pathogens; or a doctor’s office to quickly identify infectious disease. We call this ‘democratizing molecular biology’ – bringing molecular biology techniques out of conventional, highly skilled laboratories to the point-of-need where they can be used by anyone to solve complex biological problems.

MicroGEM has an immediate opening for a contract molecular biologist at the research technician position. This position will work closely with the Director of Assay Trials and Clinical Studies and senior scientists on developing and validating an assay for disease detection on a novel microfluidic device. This position will fill a critical need in testing designs for DNA / RNA extraction and qPCR. As the assay progresses, the team member will support detailed validation testing and documentation of the device and assay performance. They will also help assemble SOPs, QA, regulatory, and other documentation. A portion of the testing may be performed in a BSL-2 environment.

Key Responsibilities

Conducts technical tasks and laboratory experimentation testing new or project-specific protocols and SOPs

Conducts experimental work on projects following established protocols and procedures

Contributes to developing test plans, experimental designs, and analytical methods

Prepare test reports and presentations for the technical team

Conduct experiments in a BSL-2 environment

Experience and Qualifications

B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, biomedical engineering or related discipline

Knowledge and/or experience in a research environment, basic analytical skills, sample preparation and analysis, experience with bioanalytical methods, such as DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, and RT-qPCR.

PC skills and ability to learn new software and systems

Ability to effectively communicate and interact with technical team at all levels in a collaborative-based environment

Detail oriented


Devices & Instrumentation

Job Type


Salary Range

$20-30 per hour


Charlottesville, VA
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