Scientist - Chemistry

Zymo Research Corporation
Job Location
17062 Murphy Ave.
Irvine, CA 92614
Salary is competitive and 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:       Scientist - Chemistry

Location:         17062 Murphy Ave, Irvine, CA 92614

Reports to:            R&D Director / CSO


Summary/Contribution of Position:

Perform or supervise the performance of laboratory and/or field experimental procedures in support of nucleic acid research and perform other related duties as required.  As a Scientist, you will work to develop world-class technology (chemistry and methodology) from concept to completion for nucleic acid manipulation such as sample, stabilization, purification and analyte detection. 

 The Opportunity:

As a Scientist at Zymo Research you will have an opportunity to lead and work with a talented multidisciplinary team of scientists and researchers to develop tools that will affect and shape the biomedical industry.  You will have an opportunity to innovate, develop, and deliver technologies for the manipulation of nucleic acids (e.g. purification and analyte detection).  As a Scientist, you will contribute to Zymo’s strategic planning and continuously be encouraged to explore new ideas as a part of navigating and innovating in this highly competitive field.  Zymo Research offers tremendous room for growth as we continuously explore new directions and expand.  

 The Company:    

 Zymo Research is a private biotechnology company that has steadily maintained double digit growth for the past 22 years by providing innovative world-class molecular biology research tools. With our continual innovations in Epigenetics, Microbiomics, and Nucleic Acid Purification/Sample Collection, we fully expect to maintain this rapid growth for years to come.  We strive to bring the best out of each of our employees and continually encourage personal growth and development.  We embrace the golden rule “treat others as you would like to be treated” and operate using this principle at every level.  We hold ourselves to this rule when working with customers, each other, collaborators, or competitors.  As a consequence, the company is flexible and compassionate towards it employees recognizing them as people and key contributors to the success of the company.  We see ourselves as a family all pushing to achieve our objective of contributing to society, which has led to an environment that promotes teamwork and collaboration. 

 Put simply, Zymo Research strives to bring the best out of everyone with the goal of simplifying the world through science.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:




  • Develop nature and general plan of approach to basic research problems; read and abstract scientific articles pertaining to prosecution of broad research problems; proceed with independent direction to organize and work out all techniques involved.
  • Plan, assign, and direct the work of several Research Associates, advising them on problems which they are unable to solve.
  • Contribute original ideas of major methodological significance to the prosecution of laboratory and/or field phases of research.
  • Take complete charge of the execution of laboratory phases of major research projects over considerable periods of time.
  • Exercise judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness in making decisions.
  • Carry responsibility for laboratory management and supervision of Research Associates, Laboratory Assistants, and Interns.
  • Frequent contributions of (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.
  • 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 their project-related duties and investigational agents 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
  • Co-author scientific journal articles may and level of innovational contribution publicly.




  • 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, investigator's brochure, and any written information to be given to publications, or collateral material).
  • 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 of the trial status annually, or as requested
  • Providing all documents subject to their review




  • Having adequate number of qualified staff to conduct the study
  • Having adequate facilities to conduct the study
  • Ensuring he/she has adequate time to conduct and supervise the study




  • 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 and students 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   
  • Participating in monitoring visits and government and private industry audits as appropriate
  • Making available to monitors, auditors, and regulatory authority(ies) all requested project-related records




  • 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


  • Attending educational workshops and seminars
  • Reviewing and writing for professional publications
  • Participating in professional societies and associations
  • Make formal presentations to association, university, and professional groups




  • Responsible for conduct Beta-Testing 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


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Research Associates

Project Leadership over teams


Education and experience


  • Requires a Ph.D degree in Chemistry or related field with significant wet laboratory experience
  • Requires a minimum of 2.5 - 3 years of Postdoctoral or Industry experience
  • Requires proficiency in synthetic methodology (organic or inorganic)
  • Requires at least two first author scientific publications and two second or third author publications
  • Additional experience in the field of life sciences is ideal but not required.
  • Organized and capable of managing tasks on multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Demonstrates well-developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to establish highly functional relationships with diverse personalities, both within and outside the company. Open, customer-focused style of communication.


Core Competencies


  • Ingenuity and creativity
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Scientific objectivity and focus
  • Ability to execute and deliver
  • Project and team leadership and Organization Skills
  • Writing
  • Reporting/Metrics


How to Apply

Please email your resume and coverletter to

About Our Organization

About Our Organization

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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