Post-Doctoral Scientist

Zymo Research Corporation
Job Location
17062 Murphy Ave
Irvine, CA 92614
Compensation is commensurate with experience

Flexible benefits include options for medical, dental, and vision care

Basic Life Insurance and AD&D

Generous Paid Time Off policies

401(k) plan


Job Description

Job Description

Position Title:                        Post-Doctoral Scientist

Location:                      17062 Murphy Ave. Irvine, CA 92614

Reports to:                             CSO

Summary/Contribution of Position:

A Post-Doctoral Scientist position is available in our R&D division for an innovative and highly-motivated individual. Successful applicants will be highly independent in the design, execution and analysis of research experiments targeted at driving either the development of novel, cutting-edge technology or improvements to products currently in our portfolio.

Qualified applicants must have a solid understanding of molecular and cell biology and extensive experience in applications of molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid hybridization and PCR techniques, nucleic acid isolation and gene cloning. Experience in Epigenetics, Bioinformatics or large-scale data analysis is a plus.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Develop nature and general plan of approach to basic research and development problems; read and abstract scientific articles pertaining to prosecution of broad research problems; organize and work out all techniques involved under the partial supervision of CSO and Principle Investigators.
  • Work with staff Research Associates, Principle Investigators, and CSO on research or experiment problems.
  • Contribute original ideas of methodological significance to the prosecution of laboratory and/or field phases of research.
  • Execution of laboratory phases of research projects under the partial supervision of the CSO and Principal Investigators.
  • Exercise judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness in making recommendations for research projects.
  • Collaborate with staff Research Associates, and Interns.
  • Contribute (a) original ideas of major importance in the prosecution of laboratory and/or field phases of research and/or (b) interpretation of data yielded by new/original method(s) used or developed in the course of laboratory and/or field phases of research.
  • Possessing a thorough understanding of the requirements of each project.
  • Assessing overall project feasibility.
  • Not implementing any project deviation or changes without agreement by the CSO and prior review and approval by ZRC (except to eliminate immediate hazards to the subject).
  • Providing adequate information to initially review the study (i.e., projects, and investigator's notebook.
  • Providing documents for ongoing review (i.e., amendments to the protocol, adverse events, deviations or new information).
  • Securing CSO approval prior to initiating the study or instituting any changes to the project as approved.
  • Providing written summaries as requested.
  • Providing all documents and ZRC Laboratory Notebook subject to their review.
  • Documenting deviations from the approved project.
  • Complying with written procedures to document changes to data and/or case report forms
  • Maintaining project documents as required by the regulations.
  • Standardize new techniques and train other staff personnel in their use.
  • Maintain complete hand written reports (lab notebooks) on all phases of laboratory and/or field experimental work involved in research projects adhering to the Zymo Research Notebook Policy    .
  • Being thoroughly familiar with the use and disposal of the chemicals, and reagents.
  • Assuming responsibility for the project and components investigational product at the lab site.
  • Ensuring the proper use and storage of the investigational product(s) at the lab site.
  • Communicating effectively with research team, and manufacturing.
  • Meeting regularly with the research team to discuss project progress.
  • Ensuring that all research staff are informed about the project and investigational agents.
  • Participating in the monitoring visits of the government and private industry audits as appropriate.
  • Making available to monitors, auditors, and regulatory authority(ies) all requested project-related records.
  • Ensuring that all research staff are informed about their project-related duties and functions
  • Execution of projects or major portions of research projects which have been broadly outlined by the CSO.
  • Engage in difficult and complex research projects in collaboration with Research Associates, making important original contributions pertaining to laboratory and/or field experimental procedures.
  • Engage in research and development to produce marketable products that product release may be maintained over a period of selling time.
  • Chemical analyst, performing a wide variety of chemical analyses, including qualitative and quantitative analyses of unknowns, by using standard methods and by developing modifications of standard methods to meet special needs.
  • Responsible for conducting Beta-Test with potential customers.
  • Responsible for writing the packaging instructions (protocol).
  • Collaborate with marketing on content for marketing collateral, website, and packaging
  • Collaborate with product strategy with the manufacturing department.




  • Responsible to attend tradeshows and conferences as requested to service technical questions.
  • Service technical questions for customers on technical assistance.
  • Write protocols for kits or other Zymo Research kits.
  • Attending educational workshops and seminars.

Supervisory Responsibilities:



Education and Experience:

PHD degree and a BS degree in Virology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Immunology, or Molecular Biology preferable


5-8 years of laboratory experience 



Core Competencies:

Scientific objectivity and focus

Ability to execute and deliver

Project and team leadership



Customer Service

Good Communication skills both written and verbal

Team Player




How to Apply

Please email your resume and coverletter to

About Our Organization

Since its inception in 1994, Zymo Research has been proudly serving the scientific community by providing innovative, reliable, and high quality research tools at affordable prices. Our vision..."The Beauty of Science is to Make Things Simple" is now truer than ever. Whether it's epigenetics, DNA, RNA, E. coli, or yeast based research, our philosophy remains the same: To provide the highest quality products in the industry while ensuring they are both simple to use and reliable in their performance.

Zymo Research stands on three pillars which form the foundation of our company: Innovation, Quality, and Customer Service. These pillars are fundamental to our culture and ensure our products meet your needs.


Zymo Research is historically recognized for its innovation of high quality nucleic acid purification technologies. Under the branding DNA Purification Made Simple™ and RNA Purification Made Simple™, our technologies are pushing the limits of what is possible with nucleic acid isolation. As The Epigenetics Company™, Zymo Research has also received much attention for its rapidly expanding portfolio of epigenetics products and services. It is our objective to develop and provide the most comprehensive set of tools for DNA, RNA, and epigenetic research and analysis available today. Thousands of peer-reviewed scientific publications from researchers around the world feature our technologies. Through innovation, our scientists have made streamlined DNA methylation detection possible, pioneered the micro-elution column for DNA and RNA purification, developed the simplest and the most sophisticated methods for high-quality plasmid DNA purification, and patented the first RNA purification directly from Trizol® without phase separation among many other leading technologies in the industry.


At Zymo Research, we are committed to quality and guarantee that all of our products and service will meet and exceed your expectations. Our products are constantly evaluated by scientists like you to help ensure their reliability and the highest standard of quality.

Customer Service

At Zymo Research, we strive for excellence in how we support your scientific endeavors. We pledge to be honest and responsible for everything we do with you. We will treat you as we would like to be treated. Together, we will build a brighter future.

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