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Research Associate I, Assay Development (31029402)




Full Time


San Diego, California, United States

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health.

Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations — with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Innovative Research Associate – Assay Development within our Abbott Rapid Diagnostics business located at Carlsbad, CA. In this role, you will help expand test content on the ID NOW™ platform by designing, screening and optimizing novel assays as well as engaging in research activities focused on expanding the capabilities of the core technology. Now is an exciting time to join!

Abbott Rapid Diagnostics (formerly Alere) is part of Abbott’s Diagnostics family of businesses, bringing together exceptional teams of experts and industry-leading technologies to support diagnostic testing which provides important information for treatment and management of diseases and other conditions.


  • Conduct test protocols and experimental procedures under supervision

  • Correlate work and comprehend the relation of the task to a larger one. Provide suggestions related to assigned tasks

  • May perform work using clinical specimens and biohazardous organisms

  • Work as a member of a R&D team, as well as on independent projects

  • Keep complete, legible, current, and accurate records of all results and procedures followed or performed in a laboratory notebook where required

  • Contribute to support functions of the lab (e.g. maintain equipment, re-stock lab supplies, waste disposal)

  • Perform routine troubleshooting

  • Present project updates at group meetings



  • B.S. in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, or a related field

  • Hands-on experience with PCR and comprehension of molecular biology techniques

  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting capabilities

  • Ability to perform basic calculations and computer literacy

  • Ability to work as part of a team and have excellent communication skills

  • Understanding of the procedures, processes and record keeping

  • Must have the ability to follow instructions with great attention to detail


  • Experience working under design control and following GLP

  • Hands-on experience with RT-PCR and quantitative PCR assay development and optimization


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance

  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans

  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs

  • Paid time off

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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