Lateral Flow Bioconjugation: Research Associate

  • 4878 Ronson Ct, San Diego, CA 92111, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

NanoComposix is a privately-held R&D and manufacturing company that develops innovative nanomaterials for research and commercial markets.  We manufacture hundreds of different variants of metal and metal-oxide core/shell nanocomposites for a wide range of applications including biosensors, medical devices, clinical diagnostics, and optical effects.  Our mission is to help our clients bring nano-enabled products to market.  We’re passionate about what we do and are looking for smart, energetic, and self-motivated individuals who take pride in their work to join our fun and innovative team in this exciting industry.  

Benefits include medical and dental insurance, paid vacation and personal days, retirement plan with company-match, and an annual bonus program with opportunity for stock ownership in this employee-owned business.

Job Description

A research associate is needed to assist with developing next-generation lateral flow tests based on both fluorescent and plasmonic particles.  We are seeking a highly motivated individual with ability to design and conduct robust and efficient experiments to solve difficult technical problems.  Must be able to work independently under supervision of a project manager, and be able to clearly document and communicate results. The applicant should be familiar with optimizing lateral flow assays and bioconjugation in general.  

Responsibilities will include the functionalization of nanoparticles with antibodies and other targeting agents, assembling and running of lateral flow strips, and optimizing these devices to increase sensitivity and minimize non-specific background.



  • Bachelor's or master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering, or related field
  • Experience with bioconjugation to surfaces or particles
  • Experience with analytical, physical, inorganic, and organic chemistry laboratory procedures, techniques and equipment.
  • Research experience in a relevant field of study. 
  • Ability to multi-task, handle frequently changing job functions, and rapidly learn new techniques and approaches.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • US citizenship or green card


  • Lateral flow development
  • Bioassays, antibody conjugation, fluorescent labeling
  • Experience fabricating, functionalizing, and processing nanomaterials
  • Strong instrumentation background including optical microscopy, UV-Vis, DLS, Zeta-Potential, DLS, TEM, or SEM
  • Experience with analytical, physical, inorganic, and organic chemistry laboratory procedures, techniques and equipment.
  • Familiar with cGMP or ISO 13485 compliant quality systems

Additional Information


Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should include information on how your previous experience relates to the job requirements and your availability. Specific examples are of interest. You will not be considered without a cover letter.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.