Associate Scientist, Assay Development

Element Biosciences
La Jolla, CA
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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We are passionate about our mission to develop high performing products to study genomics in an unprecedented flexibility and to understand biology for the improvement of healthcare. We have built a highly efficient product-driven organization where employees can learn, grow and thrive in a challenging but encouraging environment. We are committed to scientific integrity, collegiality, honesty, objectivity, and openness. We offer excellent benefits, which include a 401K plan, competitive health benefits, flexible vacation, and equity incentives.

We are looking for a passionate and driven associate scientist to join the assay development group at a well-funded, long-term multi-venture backed Life Sciences start-up company. The scientist will be involved in developing assays for our new NGS technologies, specifically in surface kinetics, reagent formulations, photophysics, and DNA-protein associations. Ideal candidates will have hands-on lab experience in wet biochemistry or molecular biology and prepare reagents to do measurements on microscopes, plate readers, fluidic systems. Moreover, they should have good organizational skills, display a can-do attitude and be flexible about their activities. Expect to be part of a highly energetic and collaborative team.

Essential Functions and Responsbilities
  • Support the optimization of workflow and reagents for novel NGS workflows
  • Able to perform biophysics/biochemistry experiments
  • Implement and maintain process workflows and good work practices
  • Ability to follow SOP to carry out biochemical assays
  • Write and version SOPs and work instructions
  • Collaborate closely with R&D teams and ops/manufacturing teams as products evolve
  • Prioritize, design, plan and perform experiments
  • Analyze data, record, and present results
  • Use of fluidic systems, scopes, plate readers, UV-Vis, PCR machines

Education and Experience
  • B.S. or M.S. degree in genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, bioengineering, or a related discipline.
  • Minimum 2 - 4 years in a related industry such as genetics, genomics, molecular diagnostics, and NGS or equivalent field of study (an equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered. Understanding of nucleic acid-protein by using UV-vis, Microscope imaging, Plate readers, fluorescent binding, and activity assays
  • Experience in assay and reagent optimization
  • Experience in biophysical/biochemistry assays development

Required Skills/Abilities
  • Comfortable troubleshooting
  • Knowledge of microfluidics, photo physics. Comfortable working with device prototypes
  • Familiar with data analysis tools like JMP, Matlab, Python or others
  • Knowledge of product development cycle
  • Well organized and a good communicator
  • Good team player
  • Excellent analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Persistent and ambitious
  • Ability to multi-task, flexible working in fast-paced research environment

We foster an environment such that all people are afforded the freedom to pursue their passions without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

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