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Research Associate I Veterinary Diagnostics

LightDeck Diagnostics

This is a Full-time position in Boulder, CO posted November 24, 2021.

LightDeck Diagnostics believes in a new approach to healthcare, where fast, accurate, simple, low-cost diagnostic tests will be run wherever and whenever they are needed, without compromise.

Our proprietary LightDeck platform combines an advanced laser waveguide with novel materials and patented manufacturing techniques to deliver lab-quality results anywhere, in minutes.

We are introducing a portfolio of in vitro diagnostic panels.

The first are point-of-care tests for COVID-19.

The LightDeck platform is currently commercialized in veterinary diagnostics and for environmental testing.
Job Duties:
Reporting to the Senior/Principal Scientist, the successful candidate will work with our Veterinary Diagnostics Team in its efforts to develop and validate new diagnostic products.

Projects range from initial research to pre-product development and can involve substantial interdisciplinary activity and collaboration.

The RAI may handle biohazardous materials.

The RAI associate will participate in experiment planning, execution, and data analysis.
Primary Responsibilities:
Performs lab work and assays/experiments utilizing lab equipment and instrumentation.
Performs initial data analysis, records and communicates findings.
Ensures compliance with established business policies and regulatory requirements
Handle biohazardous materials in accordance with Company and FDA regulations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):
Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or similar field; prior experience with standard laboratory equipment, conducting experiments and following protocols.

Molecular biology experience/coursework preferred.
Industry experience preferred but not required.
Experience working in Biosafety level 2 laboratory preferred.
Excellent analytical and documentation skills
Experienced with MS Office; data analysis software/programming language preferred (e.g., Graphpad Prism, R, Python)
Well-organized and a collaborative team player; demonstrated ability to apply common sense understanding in carrying out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Experience with immunoassay techniques (ELISA) preferred.
Excellent communication skills (verbal/written/presentation)
Working Conditions:
Work will be performed in both an office and a laboratory environment.

Office setting will involve sitting and standing, lifting up to 10 pounds, utilizing phone and computer equipment.

LightDeck laboratories handle biohazards and potentially infectious, human-derived samples such as blood products.

Laboratory personnel will be trained to work in Biosafety Level 2 laboratory settings and are required to follow all safety protocols and PPE requirements.

Lab process equipment may include analyzing and testing tools and the usage of chemicals and reagents.

Lifting/carrying up to 25 pounds and process monitoring via visual inspection.
Proof of Covid 19 vaccination is required for employment

Our organization of ~100 people works on proprietary technology that has the potential to have a huge impact on the world (see recent press release on our website).

Company benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, simple IRA with company match, PTO, paid holidays, as well as a casual and collaborative work environment, office snacks and drinks.

Located near Boulder’s many bike trails, our employees often bike or walk to work.

We are committed to work life balance, and seek to support our employees with professional development opportunities that expand their skills and abilities.

Come join the LightDeck team today and make a difference!

Starting Salary:

RAI $23
– $28 per hour

LightDeck Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce and is an Affirmative Action Workplace.

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

LightDeck is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures.

If you need assistance due to a disability, you may contact us at

Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States and must apply through our Careers’ Site (unless the candidate requires assistance due to a disability as indicated above).

No phone calls, please.