Research Associate, Applications Development

Watchmaker Genomics

Watchmaker Genomics

Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Position: Research Associate, Applications Development

Position Type: Full-Time Employee

Location: Boulder, CO (onsite)

Department: R&D

Experience: BS required with 2-5+ years research experience

Watchmaker is inviting applications for the full-time position of Research Associate, to report to a Scientist.

The post will be responsible for new product development and generation of customer-facing data and marketing collateral, and will participate in external scientific collaborations. This individual will be responsible for executing and documenting experimental protocols and will work closely with the broader scientific and commercial teams. The scope of experimentation will cover Watchmaker’s full product suite, from individual enzymes through kits for next generation sequencing (NGS). Quality of work is of paramount importance as results will be directed to external customers. Data generated by this individual may be shared at conferences and/or in peer-reviewed literature, in webinars, marketing brochures, on the website, or directly to customers seeking technical support.

The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced working environment and contribute directly to our company culture and success. The position provides an opportunity to grow and develop as a scientist and gain valuable experience in the intersection of experimental science, product development, technical marketing, and product commercialization.


  • Plan and perform molecular biology experiments including: enzyme characterization, PCR, RT-qPCR, next-generation sequencing, and sample prep
  • Work collaboratively with research scientists to design and execute experiments, and to implement and maintain laboratory protocols
  • Carefully interpret data and accurately document the details of all experiments in an electronic lab notebook
  • Contribute to a team responsible for launch of commercially successful genomics products through customer collaborations and product technical support
  • Identify opportunities for internal process improvement

Skills and Requirements

The candidate should hold a BS (or equivalent experience) in molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related discipline with at least two years of relevant research experience. Experience in the following areas is considered highly desirable: PCR, qPCR, DNA- and RNA-modifying enzymes. Knowledge of next-generation sequencing (NGS) and related applications is a plus. Experience in biotech and a start-up environment are highly desirable.

The following skills and experience are requirements for the position:

  • Demonstrated ability to execute and reproduce molecular biology lab work
  • Strong writing skills with ability to record and communicate scientific content
  • The ability to multitask and perform consistently under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work as an effective member of a team
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques such as PCR, qPCR, sample purification and QC
  • Excellent organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail
  • Good communication and personal task management skills and a high level of self-motivation

Education and Experience

  • BS in molecular biology, biochemistry (or related discipline) with 2-5+ years of research experience
  • or MS with 0-3+ years industry experience


The base compensation for the Research Associate role starts at $55,000-$70,000 + bonus + equity; actual pay will be adjusted based on skills and experience. Employees are eligible for Flexible Time Off, Holidays, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D, Short Term Disability, EAP, paid parental leave, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

Application Procedure

To apply for the position, please submit the following in a PDF format on

  • Letter of motivation
  • Resume or Curriculum vitae, highlighting relevant qualifications and experience

Applications without a Letter of Motivation will not be considered. Local candidates preferred.

If selected to participate in the interview process, the names and contact information of three professional references who are able to assess your suitability for the position in terms of the specified requirements will be requested.



Watchmaker Genomics is committed to being an equal opportunity employer and creating a culturally diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics as protected by applicable law.

All applicants will be asked if currently eligible to work in the United States of America; and if now or in the future will require visa sponsorship to continue working in the United States.

This position may be subject to pre-employment checks, including driving history check, drug screening and a background check for any convictions directly related to its duties and responsibilities. All pre-employment checks will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.