Hologic Research Associate 3 in San Diego, California

Research Associate 3

Post Date Nov 28, 2018

At Hologic, we’re an innovative medical technology company that enables healthier lives everywhere, every day. We are also a company that prospers and grows, which is why we’ve been able to expand our offerings to empower even more people and champion women’s health

What powers our growth across Breast & Skeletal Health, Diagnostics, GYN Surgical and Medical Aesthetics Solutions is also what differentiates us: the exceptional and clinically proven capacity of our products to detect, diagnose and treat illnesses and other health conditions earlier and better. This clinical superiority creates high expectations, which we fulfill by continually challenging ourselves to improve health through better technology, education and market access.

None of this would be possible without the talent and passion of our employees. Together, our expertise and dedication to developing and sharing more robust, science-based certainty drives our global presence and a promising pipeline that responds to the unmet health and wellness needs of women, families and communities.

While we focus on women’s health and well-being, we are committed to having an even broader benefit on the world. Together, we advocate for better health and wellness through solutions that provide ever greater certainty and peace of mind.



Hologic is seeking a Research Associate 3 responsible for designing and performing experiments, assay development, formulation optimization, product development and collaborating and communicating effectively.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Designs and performs moderately complex experiments with minimal input from supervisor to support the project. Understands experimental goal within the context of the overall project. Independently analyzes data and summarizes experiments supporting a portion of the project. Where necessary, provides clear feedback to groups such as Software and Engineering on the outcome of the experiment. Have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Core Services – e.g. Microbiology skills, bioinformatics, sequencing, cloning, analytical chemistry, oligo synthesis and/or purification

  • Feasibility – e.g. Contributing to one or more of the following: the design of oligo systems, sample processing or assay formulation experiments. Perform experiments to support feasibility of software such as results processing, change to the instrument or new instrumentation.

  • Assay Integration – Executing experiments in one or more of the following areas:

  • Support of the ADM, sequence file results processing or other software modules required to run the assay on the instrument.

  • Experiments to test assay performance at the extreme operating parameters of the instrument.

  • Experiments to transfer successfully an assay fully developed on one platform to another.

  • Experiments to improve assay or instrument robustness and ultimately performance.

  • Formulation Optimization – Designing and executing studies to support the optimum assay performance based on formulation. Contribute to writing transfer reviews and specification setting

  • V&V – Designing and executing studies based on the V and V plan using the final version of the assay on a given platform. Generate documentation from these experiments to support regulatory submissions and or Marketing and Sales documents

  • Product Development. Executing studies to support finalization of the product design, scale up for Manufacturing, finalization of software and hardware and planning for clinical studies. Examples of this include: setting specifications, Quality Reviews and supplying supporting documentation, Supporting RUO studies, contributing to writing software documents SRS, supporting hardware and software changes, and testing Development Lots.

  • Collaborates and communicates effectively with peers and supervisors.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required:

  • Demonstrate drive and commitment : shows reliability and commitment amongst manager and peers; exhibits focus and determination in tasks at hand; establishes support for objectives; drives and produces results

  • Work efficiently and effectively : effectively manages time and priorities by focusing on highest priority tasks and working efficiently; effectively recovers from mistakes; completes projects on time

  • Team membership : interacts in an team environment based on shared values; knows when and how to use a team approach to solve problems; seeks the contributions of all team members; shares credit with others

  • Adapt and learn : works efficiently in situations involving ambiguity, shifting priorities and rapid change; demonstrates resilience and composure in difficult circumstances; deals constructively with mistakes and setbacks and learns from them; continually learns to grow and improve skills to meet organizational goals


  • B.A. /B.S. Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field.


  • 3-5 years post-baccalaureate laboratory experience. Industrial experience preferred.

  • 2-4 years post-M.S. without thesis experience. Industrial experience preferred.

  • 2 years laboratory experience post-M.S. with thesis. Industrial experience preferred.

Agency and Third Party Recruiter Notice:

Agencies that submit a resume to Hologic must have a current executed Hologic Agency Agreement executed by a member of the Human Resource Department. In addition Agencies may only submit candidates to positions for which they have been invited to do so by a Hologic Recruiter. All resumes must be sent to the Hologic Recruiter under these terms or they will not be considered.

Hologic, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer inclusive of disability and veterans.