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Research Associate - Genomic Assay Development


Volta Labs

Job Location

501 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Job Description

Volta Labs is looking for a research associate who enjoys solving problems creatively in genomics and synthetic biology application development.




Volta Labs, Inc. ( is an MIT spin-off company that makes programmable fluidic chips for biological automation. We are a transdisciplinary team combining engineering, computer science, chemistry and molecular biology to enable the next generation of automation for genomics and genetic engineering.




Volta Labs is at an exciting inflection point as we transition our early access instrument to a commercial-ready product. We are scaling up to build and deliver a product that will change the way people think about automation in the bio-lab and are looking for people who are excited to be part of that foundational team. You'll play a critical role in the development of that product–a complex software-hardware-biology system where systems-thinking and the ability to evaluate a problem from multiple perspectives is a must. 




You’ll join a team where everyone—including you—is not afraid to go into unexplored territories across many fields to develop our automation system. We are an incredibly supportive team–we love to pitch in when problems arise and give great peer feedback to help each other grow. We are passionate about lots of things–automation, computation, genetic engineering, DNA sequencing, robotics, fabrication, industrial design, great user experience for customers–and we love sharing those passions with each other. You'll be a key driver of these values in our Cambridge office and play a big role in helping grow the team.


    • Assist with the development of new DNA and RNA extraction approaches
    • Assist with the development of new sequencing and molecular biology approaches
    • Execute complex laboratory experiments with minimal errors
    • Develop and troubleshoot protocols on Volta’s proprietary automation platform
    • Document and summarize results that are clear and actionable
    • Communication of data, observations, and issues to team members
    • Work closely with a cross-functional team consisting of biologists, engineers and software developers
    • Proactively build technical competencies in technology and biology associated with product development
    • Assist in the generation of documents such as manuals, protocols and SOPs.


    • Recent M. S. or B. S. in Molecular Biology or similar program with 1+ years of relevant experience in a research or industry position (experience can be ignored for exceptional candidates)
    • Strong experience with molecular biology techniques: PCR, RT-PCR, cell cultures, running gels and NGS library preparation including RNA-seq and/or DNA-seq
    • Familiarity with laboratory automation system and enthusiasm for working on evolving prototypes
    • Ability to work in a fast based start-up work environment with ability to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to clearly articulate ideas, protocols and concepts with biologists, engineers and non-scientists.
    • Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills to work well with scientists and engineers having widely divergent backgrounds.
    • Self-starter who requires minimal supervision to be productive


    • Experience in molecular cloning, plasmid purification and bacterial preparation
    • Experience with mammalian cell culture and protein expression systems
    • Experience with microfluidics technology
    • Experience with NGS sequencing platforms including Illumina sequencing
    • Familiarity with tools to analyze NGS data
    • Employment experience in a small company setting
    • Working knowledge in surface chemistry and / or polymer chemistry 

Volta Labs offers both competitive cash and equity compensation, as well as health, dental, and vision coverage, and unlimited paid time off. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and actively seek out and value diverse perspectives. Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply. Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!