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Research Associate Metabolomics

San Mateo Metro Area, CA

Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -112019-25920 Region: San Mateo Metro Area

Job Description

Project Overview:

X is a moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and smart contact lenses are developed and taken out into the world. X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place. We are makers, entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists with deep technical expertise who love the challenge of the seemingly impossible. X was formerly known as Google[x].

We are a team of computational and experimental scientists dedicated to making a moonshot in the life sciences. We re looking for a research associate with a background in metabolomics sample prep for a 1-year contract position. If you are excited about making a difference in this space, we d love to talk with you.

Overall Responsibilities:

Activities expected of this hire will include but are not limited to:

Assist protocol development for a metabolomic pipeline, including sample processing.

Generating samples for, and the operation of an HPLC.

Assist the development and testing of plate-based assays.

Working closely with a multidisciplinary team to execute microbiology measurements.

Assisting with general laboratory maintenance, including purchasing supplies necessary to conduct experiments and adhering to laboratory safety standards.

Ongoing use and testing of early team prototypes of computational tools.



Experience quenching cells and processing samples for metabolomic analysis. Experience operating an HPLC. Experience with performing general laboratory duties such as preparing media reagents, and basic maintenance of equipment. BSc degree in systems biology, biochemistry, chemistry or similar. 1 year or more of relevant research experience Strong time management and organizational skills. Exemplary written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.


Experience executing plate-based assays, such an enzyme activity assays. Experience with basic molecular biology techniques, such as DNA, RNA and protein purification, PCR, qPCR, cloning. Demonstrated experience with bacterial cell culture and relevant assays. Familiarity with analytical and computational methods for analyzing molecular biology data.

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