Research Associate II, NGS Program (3424)

Job Location
Waltham, MA
Job Description

The role of Research Associate II (RA II) in the Clonal Amplification Group is to support the development of an emulsion PCR-based template preparation technology and seamless integration thereof into the overall workflow of the QIAGEN Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Gene Reader platform. In this predominantly hands-on laboratory-based position, the RA II is responsible for the routine execution of complex laboratory experiments as well as timely reporting of results and conclusions in support of the overall project goals. The RA II will also be expected to perform primary sequence analysis of NGS data for their experiments and the experiments of others in the group as need dictates. The RA II is expected to proactively increase their knowledge and understanding of the technical theory behind their experiments and the clonal amplification and NGS fields in general as well as sound experimental design and interpretation of results.

The Research Associate II in the Clonal Amplification group will:

• Execute complex laboratory experiments under minimal supervision and clearly report out results in a timely manner
• Perform primary analysis of NGS data for their experiments and the experiments of others in the group as need dictates
• Produce and maintain proper project documentation in accordance with internal and external requirements
• Contribute to the content of technical reports and scientific publications/posters
• Collaborate with other R&D groups and functional areas to meet project objectives
• Proactively build their technical understanding of the clonal amplification and NGS areas
• Learn and follow all safety and laboratory workflow procedures
• Support general laboratory maintenance and preparation of required reagents
• Minimal travel required (up to 10%)


• A Bachelor’s degree (B.A, B.S. or equivalent) in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related fields with a minimum 2 years of relevant industrial experience
• Proven ability to successfully execute and correctly interpret complex experiments
• Strong hands-on experience in PCR assay development
• Hands-on experience with NGS workflows in an industrial setting, including experience in emulsion PCR, strongly preferred
• Hands-on experience in primary analysis of NGS data strongly preferred
• Good understanding of the underlying technical principles of NGS chemistries and workflows, instrument platforms and data analysis and interpretation algorithms preferred
• Knowledge of and hands-on experience with Design of Experiments (DOE) approaches as well as advanced statistical analysis methodologies a plus
• Good understanding of Life Science and IVD technologies and FDA development processes

Personal Requirements

• Excellent verbal and writing skills
• Excellent organizational skills

How to Apply

If interested, please apply online: or forward your resume to

As the innovative market and technology leader, QIAGEN creates sample and assay technologies that enable access to content from any biological sample.
Our mission is to enable our customers to achieve outstanding success and breakthroughs in life sciences, applied testing, pharma, and molecular diagnostics. We thereby make improvements in life possible.

Our commitment to the markets, customers, and patients we serve drives our innovation and leadership in all areas where our sample and assay technologies are required.

The exceptional talent, skill, and passion of our employees are key to QIAGEN’s excellence, success and value.

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QIAGEN, Inc. is a Biotechnology leader in the manufacturing of innovative, customer-driven products. Our rapid growth means that we are continuously seeking highly motivated and talented individuals to expand our operations. If you are interested in belonging to a dynamic and enthusiastic high-performing Team, developing your potential and using your skills to contribute to its success, QIAGEN, Inc. is where you should be! We recruit employees for the long term and reward them for their commitment.

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