R&D Senior Research Associate at Tempus (Chicago, IL)

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Passionate about precision medicine and advancing the healthcare industry?

Recent advancements in underlying technology have finally made it possible for AI to impact clinical care in a meaningful way. Tempus' proprietary platform connects an entire ecosystem of real-world evidence to deliver real-time, actionable insights to physicians, providing critical information about the right treatments for the right patients, at the right time.

We are looking for a Senior Research Associate to support the development of new tests and processes for deployment in our clinical lab. Working under the mentorship of Lead Scientists, this role involves developing and executing experiments using advanced molecular techniques.

What You’ll Do:

  • Under the guidance of senior scientific staff, support the development of cutting-edge molecular assays for our high-throughput CAP/ CLIA/ NYSDOH accredited clinical lab 

  • Design and execute molecular protocols with a high degree of precision and attention to detail

  • Support multidisciplinary teams through the generation of datasets used to build new assay features and analysis algorithms. 

  • Generate detailed documentation of experimental execution  

  • Assist in the troubleshooting and quality control initiatives

  • Assist with development of automated processes

  • Identify and implement improvements to existing processes


  • Master’s with at least 3 years or Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years experience in a molecular lab. 

  • Highly organized and systematic, superb attention to detail and ability to complete tasks with a high degree of accuracy

  • Strong analytical and conceptual capabilities, interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate with clarity.

  • Proven ability to learn new skills quickly and adapt to new processes smoothly

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a dynamic environment with competing projects and deadlines

  • Interprets results and uses these data, along with literature precedent and input from subject matter experts, to modify experimental plans accordingly.

  • Hands-on experience with any of the following molecular methods is highly desired:

    • NGS library preparation methods

    • PCR methods such as: PCR, qPCR, RT-PCR, ddPCR

    • Sanger Sequencing 

    • MLPA

    • Nucleic acid ligations

    • Nucleic acid analysis such as: quantitation by absorbance/fluorescence, gel & capillary electrophoresis

    • Magnetic bead-based DNA/RNA purification and size selection

    • DNA hybridization arrays

Highly Desirable:

  • Experience with Next Generation Sequencing 

  • Experience with robotics and automated liquid handling systems

  • Experience in clinical lab

  • Knowledge of LIMS platforms and various computer systems

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What are Tempus Perks + Benefits

Tempus Benefits Overview

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Short Term Disability Insurance
Flexible Spending Account
Commuter Benefits
Parental Leave
Charitable Matching Program
Mental Health Support Platform
Pet Insurance
Company Cafeteria with Breakfast, Lunch & Grab & Go Options
Stocked Kitchen with Snacks
On-Site Barista
Discounted Gym Membership
Discounted Divvy Membership
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
Team & Company Outings

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning

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