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Scientist II

Oakland-Fremont-Pleasanton Metro Area, CA

Employment Type: Full-Time Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -082022-30711 Region: Oakland-Fremont-Pleasanton Metro Area

Job Description

Position Summary:

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.


  • 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.

Education Requirements:

  • 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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