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Scientist 2/Senior Scientist

Pleasanton, CA 94588

Posted: 12/01/2022 Employment Type: Contract Job Category: Scientific Job Number: 505894 Country: United States Is job remote?: No

Job Description

The contract Scientist 2/Senior Scientist will be a member of the Assay Development team in Pleasanton for the development of RUO and/or CE-IVD/IVD products for use on next-generation sequencing (NGS) systems. The contract duration is for 1 year minimally, and the job level is dependent on the candidate’s qualifications. The successful candidate will help develop and implement R&D strategies for related NGS applications including nucleic acid extraction, library preparation, sequencing, and data analysis. This position is ideal for individuals interested in assay/product development for NGS, involving a design control process.

• The successful candidate must have a background in molecular biology and PCR. Must have experience with reagent and assay workflows related to molecular biology.
• It is highly preferred to have hands-on experience in designing, optimizing and validating PCR or NGS based products.
• The individual will work under manager supervision to plan and conduct hands-on laboratory experiments independently, and apply advanced scientific knowledge to complete assigned projects.
• This is a lab-based position, requiring the design and execution of experiments. Based on candidate’s experience, the position can also have areas of leading aspects of the project.
• Recommend innovative approaches and study plans based on experimental data. Assume responsibility for timely completion of projects and respond appropriately to changing priorities.
• Optimize and troubleshoot assay workflows, in order to create and define the optimal performing assay product. Analyze data, evaluate results, form conclusions, and determine future experiments.
• Participation in Verification studies and documentation, such as Reproducibility, Stability, and Limit of Detection studies. Based on level of experience, will lead verification campaigns and author verification studies and reports.
• It is preferred to have experience under design control principals and regulations.
• Consistently record experimental methods and results in electronic laboratory notebooks.
• Present findings and/or comprehensive project status reviews at internal seminars and department meetings. Apply technical writing skills to produce reports and documents.

• Strong laboratory proficiency. Must have strong scientific knowledge of the functional science of the techniques that they have worked on.
• Experience with Molecular Biology required. Thorough experience with PCR required, including optimizations.
• Knowledge of NGS based workflows including target enrichment, and library preparation is preferred.
• Experience in: assay design, optimization, verification, validation, experimental design, data analysis, and data and concept presentation is preferred.
• Experience with diagnostics development is preferred.

• Degree in Molecular Biology, Biology/Life Sciences.
• Bachelor’s, with 3+ years of industry experience
• Master’s, with 2+ years of industry experience
• PhD, with minimum 1+ years of industry experience required. Starts at Senior Scientist role.
• Not considering Chemistry or Physics degrees or candidates in the engineering field.
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