Exact Sciences Corporation

Senior Research Associate I

Job Locations US-WI-Madison
Req No.
Research & Development
Regular Full-Time

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Senior Research Associate I works individually or in collaboration with others on projects which are moderate to complex in scope. Will primarily be involved in performing Research and Development experiments for developing new products or improving existing products.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts bench level experiments within a specific product or technology area and identifies problems and discrepancies.
  • Plans, records and analyzes results of bench level experiments within a specific product or technology area.
  • Presents experimental results to supervisor or project team.
  • Presents information and updates at departmental and cross functional team meetings.
  • Contributes ideas to improve team processes.
  • Maintains knowledge of technological industry developments that could assist in completion of an assignment or aid in the development of new processes or procedures.
  • May attend technical conferences or seminars.
  • Provides technical input and participates in decisions affecting project planning and experimental design.
  • Operates scientific instrumentation related to performance of duties and notifies appropriate personnel of any problems.
  • Prepares reports and documentation providing the analysis or summarization of project status and results.
  • Works on individual assignments and with project team members as appropriate to meet department and project objectives.
  • May act as technical leader for a project of limited scope.
  • May present findings at scientific meetings or to customers.
  • Ability to justify a point of view in a constructive and positive way.
  • May prepare and/or contribute to articles for publication.
  • Supports and complies with the company's hazardous waste management program, including following safe, hazardous waste handling practices.
  • Effectively utilizes and applies methods or technologies and provides ideas for new techniques, when appropriate. 
  • Maintains lab notebook in a complete and consistent manner, following all legal, ISO and QSR requirements as well as keeping clear and complete.
  • Works within project timeframes that are established collaboratively by team members.
  • Ability to train and mentor junior level research associates.
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends.
  • Ability to work normal schedule of Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
  • Able to organize, present, and convey moderate problems or issues.
  • Clear communication with supervisor and group members.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Ability to interface and work effectively within team and department.
  • Ability to effectively work on several varied projects at one time, with frequent changing priorities. 
  • Strong attention to detail skills.
  • Effective analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Understanding of GMP, ISO, and Quality Systems.
  • Ability to work with blood, tissue, stool or other human specimen samples.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds for approximately 5% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 90% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Ability to travel approximately 5% of working time, both domestically and internationally.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a Life Sciences or related field; or Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, or related field and 2 years of relevant experience in lieu of Master’s degree.
  • 2+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • Extensive hands-on experience in molecular biology techniques.
  • Working knowledge of statistical and mathematical methods in biology/genetics, including experience with statistical software, such as JMP. 
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word - generate documents and tables, Excel - able to create and modify spreadsheets, create complex formulas, ); Email – preferably Outlook; and various search engines for conducting Internet searches.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working in a molecular diagnostics/clinical laboratory setting.


We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company’s affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.


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