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Senior Scientist Molecular Biology

Clear Labs
San Carlos, CA
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Science, Life Sciences
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We are seeking a talented and driven Research & Development Scientist to join our dynamic and fast-paced start-up. The successful candidate will be involved in early-stage research through product development of new molecular assays for detection and characterization of microorganisms in clinical (Clear Dx platform) and food safety (Clear Safety platform) applications.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

* Develop novel DNA/RNA molecular assays utilizing next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based technologies

* Optimize assays to achieve a high level of stability, robustness, and performance.

* Perform verification and validation testing with a high degree of scientific rigor.

* Provide technical leadership for experimental design and data analysis.

* Be a key contributor to the product design, including vetting user requirements and translating requirements into design specifications for the development of high quality, customer-focused products.

* Stay abreast of technological advances and implement as appropriate for product improvements (performance, COGs, throughput, etc.).

* Demonstrate the feasibility of new methods, and efficiently move products through pipeline up to and including transfer to manufacturing and scale-up.

* Identify and mitigate product and project risks.

* Contribute to both internal and customer-related troubleshooting efforts.

* Document work, and create presentations to communicate progress and assist with decision making.

* Conduct clear and concise communication with colleagues (cross-functional) and supervisors through oral updates, written reports, and technical meetings.

* Be both a strong individual contributor as well as a collaborative team member.

* Mentor junior scientists.


* PhD or equivalent in molecular biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, biochemistry or related fields.

* Deep technical knowledge in genomic methodologies (RT-PCR, multiplex PCR, nucleic acid quantitation) and a comprehensive knowledge of NGS sample preparation and sequencing methods are required

* 3 or more years experience in commercial product development (industrial or academic setting)

* Be hands-on in the lab and be able to work in a team environment and independently

* Demonstrated ability to plan hypothesis-driven experiments, analyze data sets, interpret results, document reports and present results

* Experience with design, execution, and analysis of DOEs

* Experience with bioinformatic analysis of NGS datasets using R, Python, etc. will be a plus

* Adept at troubleshooting and root cause analysis

* Excellent oral and written interdisciplinary communication skills

* Be highly committed, operate well under pressure and deliver results in a fast-paced, technically challenging environment

* Team player with strong interpersonal skills

* Can do attitude, resourcefulness to adapt and high energy are desirable attributes


* Full medical, dental, vision insurance

* Onsite organic snacks

* Lunch onsite 5 days a week

* Unlimited Flexible Time Off

* Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)

* Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity)

* Short Term & Long Term Disability

* Training & Development

* Stock Option Plan
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