Senior/Scientist, Molecular Screening Platforms

Location
Redwood City, CA, United States
Posted
Jul 12, 2021
Ref
1310344473
Hotbed
NextGen Bio
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
JOB SUMMARY:

We are seeking a senior scientist or scientist to lead cellular and molecular assay development within our burgeoning Technology Innovation group. The ideal candidate will leverage their knowledge of quantitative and biological principles to creatively design and implement high-throughput assays and help advance Kriya's discovery pipeline. They will enjoy working collaboratively with laboratory scientists and computational biologists on a range of exciting scientific problems. This is a unique opportunity to gain broad experience in a startup environment and to make a meaningful impact on patient outcomes.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

• Design and optimize high-throughput assays to evaluate properties of new AAV constructs
• Establish protocols in cell biology (cell line development, culturing, functional manipulation and analyte isolation etc.), DNA/RNA manipulation (molecular cloning, nucleic acid extraction and amplification, sequencing workflows etc.), and/or protein analysis (ELISA, Western Blots, HPLC/FPLC etc.)
• Lead experimental planning, execution, and iteration to independently drive projects to completion
• Collaborate closely with computational biologists and bioinformaticians on data analysis and QC
• Grow into leadership roles by mentoring and training junior scientists and research associates
• Read and provide feedback on scientific papers and emerging NGS-based technologies
• Support continued innovation as a thought leader for assay innovation
• Effectively communicate internally and externally by leading meetings, presentations, and publication efforts
• Maintain accurate and up-to-date electronic laboratory records

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

• PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, or a related field with 2+ years of industry experience preferred, or BS/MS with equivalent experience
• Strong hands-on laboratory experience and in-depth knowledge of cell biology, molecular biology, and laboratory instrumentation, especially applied towards novel assay development
• Experience with NGS-based assay workflows
• Strong communication and presentation skills and ability to work cross-functionally
• Background in virology or immunology research a plus
• Experience working with high-throughput automated platforms (Hamilton STAR, Tecan Evo, Agilent Bravo etc.) a plus
• Experience processing and analyzing NGS data using statistical software and libraries (R, Python) a plus
• Prior experience in mentorship or management a plus

BENEFITS:

• Competitive salary and benefits
• Biotech and gene therapy on-the-job training
• Joining a new division in an early-stage biotech company
• Career growth opportunities