Exact Sciences Corporation

Research Associate II

Job Locations US-MA-Cambridge
Req No.
Research & Development
Regular Full-Time

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Research Associate II, with guidance from more experienced scientists, is responsible for the day-to-day experimentation, execution of bench experiments, and analysis of data.  Working in a team setting, the Research Associate II will primarily be involved in research and development projects assisting in the translation of research ideas and concepts into the product development pipeline towards development of diagnostic assay products.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct bench level experiments within a specific product or technology area and, with guidance, plan, record, and analyze results of these experiments.
  • Operate scientific instrumentation related to performance of duties and notify appropriate personnel of any problems.
  • Utilize and apply established methods or technologies.
  • Contribute ideas to improve team processes.
  • Provide technical input and participate in decisions that affect project planning and experimental design.
  • Maintain lab notebook in a complete and consistent manner, follow all legal, international organization for standardization (ISO), and quality systems registrars (QSR) requirements, as well as keeping it clear and complete.
  • Prepare reports and documentation providing the analysis or summarization of experimental results and outcomes to leadership, technical or project teams.
  • Present experimental results, information, and updates at project or departmental meetings.
  • Work on problems of moderate scope in which analysis of situation or data requires a review of identifiable factors.
  • Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.
  • Work with project team members on assignments to meet department and project objectives.
  • Work within project time frames that are established collaboratively by team members.
  • Ability to complete assignments in expected time frame and seek out additional work when assignments are completed ahead of time.
  • Effective presentation skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively on a team and in the department.
  • Ability to effectively work on several tasks with changing priorities.
  • Apply strong analytical, problem solving, decision-making, and detail-oriented skills.
  • 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.
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to act with an inclusion mindset and model these behaviors for the organization.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds for approximately 5% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to grasp with both hands; pinch with thumb and forefinger; turn with hand/arm; reach above shoulder height.
  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Ability to use various types of laboratory equipment including PCR, pipettes, DNA fragmentation, DNA extraction, etc.
  • May perform repetitious actions using lab tools.
  • Ability to use near vision to view samples at close range.
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials, tissue specimens and instruments with moving parts, lasers, heating and freezing elements, and high-speed centrifugation.
  • Ability to work in a Bio Safety Level 2 environment following biosafety guidelines.
  • Ability and means to travel between local Exact Sciences locations.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Chemical, Physical, or Biological Science, or field as outlined in the essential duties.
  • 1+ years of relevant hands-on experience in molecular biology and/or biochemical techniques.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1+ years of experience in basic molecular biology skills such as enzymatic reactions, PCR, NGS library preparation and sequencing.
  • 1+ years of experience with automation platforms, such as Hamilton, Tecan, and Bravo.
  • Experience working in an academic or industry lab.
  • Experience working successfully with clinical samples.
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical and scientific issues, both individually and as part of a team.
  • Excellent collaboration, organizational, and documentation skills.

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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