Associate Scientist II/Scientist 1, Surface Chemistry

San Diego, CA
Jun 14, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Element Biosciences is a multi-disciplinary startup focused on innovating genetic analysis tools for the research and clinical markets. The Company's technology will broaden the end user experience through improved data quality and simplified workflows to benefit discoveries and diagnosis in healthcare.

We are seeking a passionate and highly motivated scientist to further our understanding of surface chemistry components for sequencing and develop new innovations to support the advancement of Element Biosciences’ new NGS platforms. 


  • Develop novel surface chemistries to enhance sequencing performance.
  • Apply fundamental understanding of surface chemistry to the design, synthesis and evaluation of surface treatment using existing or novel methodologies.
  • Design and develop experiments to understand interactions of molecules/biomolecules on surfaces.
  • Become the expert in surface coating technologies used for our products.
  • Built Element Biosciences’ IP portfolio. 
  • Interact closely with other teams to evaluate performance of designed surface.
  • Support our development, operations, and manufacturing teams to troubleshoot and surface chemistry challenges.


  • Ph.D./ in chemistry, materials science, physics, or a closely related field.
  • 0-3 years of industrial work experience in an R&D setting (an equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered).
  • Strong background in surface chemistry and polymer chemistry
  • Solid understanding of chemical reaction mechanism between interfaces with the aim to guide the synthesis of surface coating materials.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in surface related applications such as hydrophobic coatings and alkaline resistant films.
  • Strong understanding in polymer physics and structure-property relationships in polymers.
  • Experience with nano material surface coatings for added functions is highly desired.
  • Experience with data analysis tools such as jmp, R, ImageJ or MATLAB
  • Working knowledge of bioconjugation techniques and molecular biology
  • Working knowledge of surface analytical techniques such as AFM, Ellipsometry, FTIR, SEM, TOF-SIMS and XPS.
  • Creative and independent thinker; excellent communication skills; good team worker; ability to multitask and work independently; ability to find creative solutions to problems are a great plus.

We are passionate about our mission to develop high performing products to study genomics in an unprecedented flexibility and to understand biology for the improvement of healthcare. We have built a highly efficient product-driven organization where employees can learn, grow and thrive in a challenging but encouraging environment.  We are committed to scientific integrity, collegiality, honesty, objectivity, and openness.   We offer excellent benefits, which include a 401K plan, competitive health benefits, flexible vacation, and equity incentives. 

We foster an environment such that all people are afforded the freedom to pursue their passions without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.