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Volta Labs Inc
Job Location
501 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
Job Description


Volta Labs is seeking an exceptional research associate passionate about molecular biology to join our vibrant and interdisciplinary team in Cambridge, MA.

You will contribute to small and large projects pertaining to Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), Transcriptomics and Epigenetics on Volta’s proprietary platform. You will work closely with the assay development team and engineering team to test and optimize various molecular biology approaches. Specific techniques include, but are not limited to, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) including DNA-seq / RNA-seq library preparation, nucleic acid extraction, purification and quantification, qPCR, cell culture, assay automation.


- Assist with the development of new sequencing and molecular biology approaches

- Execute complex laboratory experiments with minimal errors

- Develop and troubleshoot protocols on Volta’s proprietary automation platform

- Document and summarize results that are clear and actionable

- Communication of data, observations, and issues to supervisor

- Work closely with a cross-functional team consisting of biologists, engineering and software developers

- Proactively build technical competencies in technology and biology associated with the product

- Assist in the generation of documents such as manuals, protocols and SOPs.




-        Recent M. S. or B. S. in Molecular Biology or similar program with 2+ years of relevant experience in a research or industry position

-        Strong experience with molecular biology techniques: PCR, RT-PCR and NGS library preparation including RNA-seq and/or DNA-seq

-        Experience with NGS sequencing platforms including Illumina sequencing and/or Oxford Nanopore Technologies

-        Familiarity with laboratory automation system and enthusiasm for working on evolving prototypes

-        Ability to work in a fast based start-up work environment with ability to adjust workload based upon changing priorities

-        Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
to clearly articulate ideas, protocols and concepts with biologists, engineers and non-scientists.

-        Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills to work well with scientists and engineers having widely divergent backgrounds.

-        Self-starter who requires minimal supervision to be productive



- Experience in molecular cloning, plasmid purification and bacterial preparation

- Experience with mammalian cell culture and protein expression systems

- Experience with microfluidics technology

- Familiarity with tools to analyze NGS data

- Employment experience in a small company setting

- Working knowledge in surface chemistry and / or polymer chemistry

How to Apply

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About Our Organization


Volta Labs, Inc. ( is an MIT spin-off company that makes programmable fluidic chips for biological automation. We are a transdisciplinary team combining engineering, surface chemistry and molecular biology to enable next generation of automation for genomics and genetic engineering.

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