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Research Assistant, Cancer Diagnostics



Job Location

6398 Cindy Lane
Suite 100
Carpinteria, CA 93013
United States

Job Description

As a federal contractor and healthcare company committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers and communities, employees in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an accommodation has been granted for a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief or as otherwise required by applicable law.


Agilent inspires and supports discoveries that advance the quality of life.  We provide life science, diagnostic and applied market laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise.  Agilent enables customers to gain the answers and insights they seek –– so they can do what they do best: improve the world around us.  Information about Agilent is available at


Agilent’s Companion Diagnostics (CDx) business partners closely with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop, manufacture, and commercialize in vitro diagnostic devices, which are a critical part of precision medicine. The CDx business serves to support the development of targeted cancer therapies. Our employees are passionate about their contributions because there is a very direct connection to helping patients with cancer.

The ideal candidate will be a hard-working, friendly, and flexible team member who learns quickly, enjoys challenges, and has an interest in the company and our products. Agilent promotes a mutually respectful environment where all staff members are essential for the success of the group.

We are currently seeking a passionate and dedicated biologist/biochemist to join the R&D Department in CDx Division. You will provide support to develop accurate, robust, and precise diagnostic assays. You will work in a cross-functional team on the following activities:

  • Provide technical support to develop immunohistochemistry (IHC) or in situ hybridization (ISH) assays.
  • Plan and execute analytical studies as described in existing documents.
  • Participate as a key contributor in project teams.
  • Facilitate transfer of completed development projects into commercial products.
  • Understand and implement our Quality Management System framework including Design Control. Quality is our passion.
  • Solve technical design problems.
  • Ensure success through collaboration with your team


  • BS/BA in Biology, Biochemistry, or related field or equivalent education and experience
  • Experience with IHC, ISH, and use of a microscope preferred.
  • 2+ years of related laboratory experience, within an academic or industry lab preferred
  • Good verbal and written communications
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Detail-oriented and good organizational skills
  • Analytical skills, creativity, and ability to work well in a team environment
  • Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Documentation Practices (GDP) preferred
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work diligently with speed and focus