Research Associate

Research & Development Watertown, Massachusetts



Sherlock Biosciences is dedicated to providing global access to the simplest and most accurate diagnostic tests that empower individuals to control their own healthcare. We are creating a new generation of CRISPR and Synthetic Biology-based molecular diagnostic technology platforms that can rapidly deliver accurate and inexpensive results in any setting. We envision a world where Sherlock’s products will enable users to make more effective decisions in any environment, including hospitals, industrial settings, low-resource settings, and at-home. Successful candidates will join an exciting, collaborative, and fast-paced company that seeks to disrupt diagnostics and change the trajectory of human health.

Job Description:

The Research Associate will work closely with our Scientists to develop, conduct, and analyze biochemical and molecular biology experiments to support our CRISPR and Synthetic Biology-based platforms for molecular diagnostics.

 Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Assist in the feasibility, development, verification, validation, and technology transfer of molecular diagnostic assays.
  • Conduct laboratory experiments and studies according to protocols, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Work Instruction Documents (WIDs).
  • Communicate regularly with supervisor to relay experiment results and data analysis.
  • Adhere to and follow processes and procedures such as documenting, recording, and completing work in electronic laboratory notebooks.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and inventory with supervision.


  • Communicate with Impact
  • Decision Making & Problem Solving
  • Taking Initiative and Follow-up
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Building Effective Partnerships
  • Adaptability
  • Technical Skills/Professional Knowledge

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • NA

Work Environment:

  • This position will work in the office and the lab. Work with BSL-2 level pathogens may be required. Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment must be worn in the lab.

Physical Demands:.

  • Long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Must be capable of working in a lab environment for at least 40 hours/week.
  • Must wear a mask when required.

 Travel Required: 

  • NA

Required Education and Experience: 

  • BS in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, or related discipline.  0-2+ years experience is desired.
  • Requires knowledge and laboratory experience with common molecular biology techniques.
  • Requires working knowledge of nucleic acid extraction and amplification methods.
  • Must be familiar with aseptic techniques.

 Required Skill Set: 

  • Team player committed to learning new technologies.
  • Familiar with good laboratory practices.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

Work Authorization/Security-Clearance Requirements:

Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are not merely trendy buzz words to us; they are part of our core values.  We are committed to creating a community of well-rounded professionals from all ethnicities, nationalities, educational backgrounds, and genders.  This “melting pot” of differences is what fosters ideas and innovations. Our beliefs span beyond our walls and into the world, as reflected in outreach to various underserved domestic and global communities.

 Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Sherlock requires employees to be fully vaccinated pursuant to Company policy (policy allows for potential exemptions for medical or religious reasons, consult with Human Resources for more information).