Scientist I - Assay Development (Oncology)

Department: R&D - Assay Development (Oncology)
Location: Irvine, CA

Job Summary:  

We are actively looking for a highly motivated individual to join our Assay Development – Oncology Team. As a Scientist at Zymo Research, you will have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with talented multidisciplinary teams of scientists and researchers. Your role will involve contributing to the development of cutting-edge technologies that have a significant impact on and shape the biomedical industry. You will play a vital role in the innovation, development, and commercialization of technologies designed for both research and clinical/diagnostics applications.  

In this dynamic position, you will be actively encouraged to explore new ideas and contribute to innovation in this highly competitive field. Zymo Research provides a platform for continuous professional growth, particularly for individuals who are highly motivated, skilled, and enthusiastic about making a meaningful impact. Additionally, the candidate will play a key role in managing Research Associates and Interns. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Lead the execution of research projects with a proactive approach. 
  • Contribute innovative ideas and initiatives to discussions and meetings. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively both within a team and independently. 
  • Communicate seamlessly with the team, upper management, and various departments (e.g., Manufacturing, Marketing, Customer Service, etc.). 
  • Plan, assign, and oversee the work of Research Associates and Interns. 
  • Review and author scientific publications, informational documents, and deliver formal presentations at conferences and meetings. 
  • Maintain comprehensive handwritten reports (lab notebooks) detailing all phases of experimental work in adherence to the Zymo Research Notebook Policy. 
  • Play a key role in organizing beta-tests for newly developed products. 
  • Contribute to the formulation of packaging instructions (protocols). 
  • Collaborate closely with the Marketing Team and other Departments to generate marketing collateral, website content, and packaging design. 
  • Work in coordination with the Manufacturing Department to facilitate the transfer of necessary technical information. 

Education and Experience: 

  • Robust scientific background, especially in molecular biology, epigenetics, genomics, transcriptomics, clinical diagnostics, cancer biology, and data analysis (including NGS data analysis). 
  • Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Epigenetics, Genetics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, or a related field is required. 
  • A minimum of two first-author scientific publications and at least two additional authored publications. 
  • Proficient in well-developed written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, demonstrating the ability to establish highly functional relationships with diverse personalities both within and outside the company. Emphasis on an open, customer-focused communication style. 
  • Prior industrial experience is not necessary but will be considered favorably. 

About Us: 

Since its inception in 1994, Zymo Research has been proudly serving the scientific community by providing innovative, reliable, and high-quality research tools and products. Whether it's DNA, RNA, epigenetics, microbiomics, protein, 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.  

Recognized as a Top Workplace by the Orange County Register in 2021, 2022, and named a Top Workplace USA in 2023, Zymo Research continues to be a vibrant community where employees thrive, feel connected, and are inspired by their work. If you are passionate about contributing to scientific advancement and want to be part of an exceptional team in a dynamic, growing company, we'd love to hear from you! 


The estimated base compensation range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000 per year at the time of posting. Actual compensation details will be provided in writing at the time of offer, if applicable, and is based on several factors we believe fairly and accurately impact compensation, including geographic location, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other job permitted factors. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:  

Zymo Research welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. These include sex, age, color, race, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical & mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other protected status as defined by federal, state, or local law. 


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