Research Associate

Job Location
9875 Towne Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

What Helix can offer you:

  • Competitive compensation, including meaningful equity
  • Great benefits, including medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with employer matching
  • 12 weeks paternity and maternity leave
  • Generous PTO
  • Commuter benefits
  • Gym subsidies
Job Description

Helix operates a high-throughput clinical genetic testing laboratory using the latest technology in next generation sequencing to provide genome scale information to customers.  We provide customers the opportunity to discover insights from their DNA in a manner that is secure, accurate and affordable. The laboratory is the foundation of our ability to supply high quality, accurate, and reproducible genomic data at population scale.

We are searching for a highly motivated and team-oriented Research Associate to join our growing group in San Diego. As an RA at Helix, you will work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment to develop robust, scalable genetic testing processes to be used in cutting-edge clinical genetics applications.

As a Research Associate, you will:

  • Execute Next Generation Sequencing methodologies and laboratory processes
  • Participate in validation of test methods for existing and new products for the clinical lab
  • Operate Next Generation Sequencing methodologies at production scale
  • Document testing and laboratory procedures

All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional tasks and responsibilities.


Required Background:

  • BS degree in Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field
  • 1-3 years laboratory experience in molecular genetics
  • Exceptional molecular biology skills and understanding of experimental principals
  • Ability to troubleshoot molecular techniques
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills and capable of supporting cross-functional project goals
  • Careful and accurate documentation of work
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with an ability to implement complex protocols

An ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience with Next Generation Sequencing and automated liquid handling robotics
  • Related experience in a CLIA/CAP, FDA and/or cGMP environment is highly preferred
  • Motivated, enthusiastic, hard-working, positive individual who desires to be part of a fast-paced, dynamic development environment
  • Excellent problem solving and reasoning skills

This is a fantastic opportunity to help Helix develop and maintain a state of the art, high throughput, Next Generation Sequencing clinical production laboratory. If you like the idea of establishing and operating a production scale clinical laboratory, then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

How to Apply
About Our Organization

We believe that everyone benefits from their biological information. It’s our mission to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. With our high-quality, trusted partners and state-of-the-art lab, we’ve created the first platform of personalized products and services powered by genetics. From inherited cancer screening to custom fitness and nutrition plans, the world of DNA learning is becoming more accessible and more valuable than ever.

So far we’ve raised over $100 million from investors like Illumina (the world’s leader in genetic sequencing equipment), Warburg Pincus, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Kleiner Perkins. We’ll be working with partners such as National Geographic, the Mayo Clinic, Invitae, and many others to develop applications which interpret your genome, with an app store and marketplace launching in 2017. 

Our big vision comes with big responsibility. That’s why we’re building a team of experts in the field of genetics, engineering, design, business development, and beyond to help bring actionable insights to our customers. We’re looking for the best and brightest minds who are passionate about our mission and are excited to work on a truly diverse team.

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