Senior Scientist - San Carlos, CA | Biospace
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Senior Scientist


San Carlos, CA
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Position Type:
Full time
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Areas of Expertise Desired:
Scientist Molecular Biology, Senior Scientist,

Job Description


The Senior Scientist within the Research and Development Group would lead the conversion of new analytical test methods into robust commercial products to support the processing of patient samples in a regulated clinical molecular and genetic diagnostics laboratory environment.  The incumbent will collaborate with internal and external research scientists, statisticians and engineers to test, validate, implement and be the technical and scientific point person for newly developed diagnostics tests.


•Leadership, project planning, assay development, technology transfer, product launch, process improvements and product support.

•Assay optimization and development of sample preparation methods to support NGS and Sanger sequencing

•Be data driven with strong data analysis skills

•Development and validation of methods for high throughput adaptation

•Work closely with Research, Operations, Automation Engineers, Bioinformatics, Statistics and other cross-functional teams within the company.

•Track progress of project, be flexible, be able to handle multiple projects and help drive key decisions with solid testing data and scientific leadership.

•Strong and effective communication skills, including writing protocols, testing plans, development and validation reports.

•Strong troubleshooting skills

•Manage timelines, estimate risk and set priorities



•Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Genetics or related fields with a minimum of six years of experience leading the development, optimization, and implementation of molecular and genetic diagnostic tests in CLIA or FDA regulated laboratory environment.


•Hands-on scientist with substantial experience with laboratory method and workflow optimization of molecular biology assays for high-throughput laboratory operations.

•Data driven with strong skills using JMP, Excel and other data analysis tools

•Skilled at writing clear SOPs and Validation reports, and experience with quality management, including design control, risk analysis and mitigation strategies.

•Deep understanding of essential molecular biology and methods such as PCR, DNA purification, analysis tools DNA quantitation, and quality control is required.

•Next generation sequencing and development and support of reagents, tests, documentation, workflows or automation for CLIA laboratories a plus.