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Research Associate

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    South San Francisco, California
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Seeking a Research Associate who can double as a Bioengineer or Chemical Engineer for a premier Technology & Research firm located in South San Francisco, California.
As a Scientist in the Clinical Sequencing Division (CSD) you will be working on Ion Torrent Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology. NGS is increasingly becoming the technology of choice in the research and clinical settings for a wide variety of applications such as companion diagnostics for cancer treatment, prenatal screening and rare disease diagnostics.
In this role, you will be part of a high performance, cross-disciplinary team developing new technologies for the next generation of our sequencing platforms leveraging principles in biosensing, MEMS, surface and polymer chemistry

  • Characterize and optimize the surface chemistry  of semiconductor devices
  • Perform sequencing experiments on Ion platforms for testing of new candidates of DNA delivery vehicles and functionalized chip surfaces
  • Analyze data, derive conclusions, document findings, write SOPs and prepare reports for sharing within and between R&D groups
  • Develop new analytical tools and assays as needed
  • Learn new Ion platforms and become conversant in operating & troubleshooting them
  • Maintain a detailed and organized lab notebook
  • Interact within Chemistry R&D group as well as with other collaborating R&D groups


  • BS or MS in Bioengineering, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or equivalent
  • Minimum 1-2 years of hands-on experience in an advanced research lab
  • Good knowledge of DNA amplification and sequencing technologies is desirable
  • Basic understanding of biosensing, MEMS and fluidic automation
  • Proficiency in statistical data analysis and basic programming (Matlab, JMP, etc.). Knowledge in database query (SQL, R, etc) is desirable
  • Proficiency in fluorescence microscopy & other imaging methods
  • Moderate to intensive pipetting and long continuous periods in the lab doing experiments

• Fast learner and a self-starter
• Anticipates needs and problems while creating solutions. Not always instruction-based
• Demonstrates a sense of urgency, contagious optimism and a “can do” attitude
• Is curious, inquisitive, innovative, never satisfied with the status quo
• Greets challenge and change as opportunity
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