Senior Research Scientist, Molecular Biology

Amazon Corporate LLC
Seattle, Washington, US
Jul 14, 2021
Jul 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Amazon is focused on protecting the health and safety of our employees while continuing to serve people who need our services more than ever. Regular testing on a global scale across all industries would both help keep people safe and help get the economy back up and running. But, for this to work, we as a society would need vastly more testing capacity than is currently available. Unfortunately, today we live in a world of scarcity where COVID-19 testing is heavily rationed. Until we have an effective vaccine available in billions of doses, high-volume testing capacity would be of great help, but getting that done will take collective action by NGOs, companies, and governments.
The Molecular Biology Research Scientist should be an expert in using molecular tools to develop assays leading to commercially viable products. They should have a deep understanding of underlying molecular processes and biochemical components within PCR or Next Gen Sequencing (NGS) assays, and be someone capable of diving deep into the data (requires in-depth understanding of the lab processes, for example to do root cause analysis of experimental outcome based on the data), and someone who can work independently.
Key Responsibilities:

* Work with project leads and team of scientists to build or improve existing molecular assay
* Contribute significant intellectual input into the design of experiments, employ advanced and economical methods to build towards the final product.
* Carefully execute laboratory experiments and provide guidance to team of scientists through clear standard operating protocols.
* Supports assay design and assay development by critically analyzing and deriving insights from experimental data
* Works with team of scientist and bioinformatics to communicate experiments and conclusion for review
* Follows literature in the field

* Advanced degree, usually at the PhD or post-doc level with focus in molecular biology
* Broad and detailed hands-on experience with molecular tools development including PCR, qPCR, and NGS
* Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions with team of scientists and interdisciplinary team.
* Comfortable reading and analyzing literature

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