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Senior Scientist Molecular Biology

Clear Labs
San Carlos, California, US
Closing date
Jan 24, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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Employment Type
Full time
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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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