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Research Associate


Biotechnology is one of the most powerful tools on the planet, but one rarely used outside the lab. We're creating unprecedented access to this powerful technology, sparking an explosion of new applications that benefit humankind.

Chai combines hardware, software, and wetware to bring easy-to-use DNA diagnostics to everyone. Chai's low-cost devices and test kits are deployed directly into the field, eliminating costly & slow centralized testing. Our networked devices enable distributed applications, and have enormous implications for scientific research, global health, agtech, food/water safety, and the environment.

We are looking for a versatile Research Associate to work closely with our Lead Scientist to develop and produce an exciting line of reagents and test kits.


  • Support the development of novel, extremely easy-to-use test kits for qPCR and PCR applications
  • Assist in designing and performing advanced qPCR assays such as ultra-fast protocols, and protocols with high degrees of multiplexing
  • Compile, record, and analyze experimental data 
  • Create documentation of processes and products
  • Perform quality control and testing protocols
  • Manufacturing reagents and kits, including labeling and packaging
  • Inspect incoming inventory and help maintain an organized lab space


  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or Bioengineering with hands-on laboratory research experience
  • Demonstrated technical skills in standard molecular and cell biology procedures
  • Programming experience in Python, R, or Julia for Bioinformatics a plus
  • Ability to perform precise laboratory work with minimal supervision
  • Capable of designing experiments independently
  • Proven troubleshooting skills with great attention to detail
  • Ability to closely follow specific procedures and keep meticulous records
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Eagerness to learn and patience to make things work
  • Flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of a growing startup


  • Competitive pay
  • Health/Dental/Vision
  • 401(k) plan & FSA
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Fully stocked kitchen + catered lunch on Fridays