Sr Research Associate (9776) Santa Clara, California

Position Summary:

Plans, initiates, executes investigations in response to support needs. Maintains high level of product expertise and understanding of product applications and advises top management on support-related topics. Promotes optimal usability and customer satisfaction of existing and future products through training, development of support tools and responding to support needs.




Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides product expertise and 3rd tier level support for the global support organization for assigned product lines.  
  • Acts as liaison between the field support and application support organization and internal groups and functions.
  • Designs, conducts, analyzes, and interprets laboratory experiments and investigations based on customer inquiries and other reports of product performance.
  • Leads multidisciplinary teams in the investigation of reported issues.
  • Applies structured methods and techniques for problem analysis.
  • Communicates with customers directly in response to inquiries and during investigations.
  • Uses company processes to record, manage and communicate results of support requests.
  • Develops tools and methods to improve ability to support existing and future products.
  • Takes ownership of their work and potentially the work of others
  • Develops appropriate documents (i.e. QCs, SOPs, instruction manuals, documents required, etc.)
  • Provides guidance on and designs internal training curriculums and standards.
  • Represents support organization in development projects.
  • Complies with company quality management systems, policies and procedures
  • Provides mentorship and training
  • Additional duties/responsibilities according to business needs
  • Experience with genomics, genotyping analysis, microarrays, and statistical methods is highly desirable.
  • Experience in clinical settings a plus.





Education and years of related experience:

BS or MS 8+ years or equivalent experience

BS or MS 8+ years

Competencies: (skills, knowledge, abilities)

Interpersonal skills, Results oriented, Communication skills, Organizational skills

Customer support experience, Clinical lab experince, Computer skills, Experimental Design,  Data Analysis




Travel Requirements:

As needed

As needed

Working Conditions:

Office and Laboratory Environment

Office and Laboratory Environment


Level of Autonomy and Complexity:

  • Regularly contributes to the conception of new laboratory techniques, principles, theories, concepts, experimental design and analysis to resolve complex issues
  • Employs autonomous judgment in choosing highly creative techniques to resolve complex issues requiring extensive multi-factorial analysis
  • Determines own methods for new projects; may act as team leader; employs scope to determine goals for assignments
  • Contributes to establishment of organization's objectives
  •          Contributes to project strategy and recommends direction

    ·        Displays scientific originality, independence and technical skill; deep understanding of job's highly specialized aspects

    ·        Writes experimental protocols and reports, presents results in technical meetings 


Affymetrix (AFFX) is a pioneer in creating breakthrough tools that are driving the genomic revolution. Affymetrix technology is used by the world's top pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology companies, as well as leading academic, government, and nonprofit research institutes. The vision, innovation, and devotion of Affymetrix employees help us empower scientists around the world to alleviate human suffering. It is not just the sheer power of our technology that inspires us; it is the potential for it to help people.

Our employees create a highly energized, team-oriented work environment. We are an employer committed to supporting the aspirations and achievements of our employees and offer our employees a comprehensive, competitive program of benefits and a corporate culture based on core values of daring, passionate and platinum.

***Affymetrix is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, veteran status, disability or other protected status. Our commitment to a diverse workforce is demonstrated through all aspects of our hiring and employment practices. ***