Scientist/Sr. Scientist - NGS Assay Development & Genomic

San Diego, CA
Oct 11, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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.

A Senior Scientist is available in the collaborative Assay Development team. The scientist will explore and test feasibility of innovative genomics assays to answer genetic questions. They will lead technical development efforts to commercialize new assays to support cutting-edge platforms and to identify specific genetic information.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Test feasibility of innovative genomics assays
  • Support technical development for commercialization of cutting-edge platforms
  • Design and optimize reagent formulations and workflow to improve stability, robustness, and performance
  • Use expertise and systematic problem-solving methods with creative ideas to troubleshoot and solve complex development issues
  • Independently analyze large complex datasets to drive informed decisions
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Provide technical expertise in support of the transfer of new processes and products to manufacturing
  • Write and present reports and project assessments

Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. degree with 3+ years’ industry experience, preferably in product development with emphasis on NGS library assays
  • Demonstrated experience in working on a cross-functional development team
  • Experience with launching new commercial products
  • Experience in nucleic acid process and manipulation, NGS assays, library prep workflows, and sequencing platforms

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Strong technical proficiency with background in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field
  • Innovative in overcoming technical challenges
  • Self-motivated and strong problem-solving ability
  • Familiar with NGS data analysis
  • Experienced user in data analysis tools, e.g. Python, R, ImageJ, JMP, etc.
  • Bioinformatics knowledge and skills are preferred
  • Familiarity and knowledge of tools such as DOE, dFMEA
  • Highly collaborative and able to work well within multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Responsible leadership skills in managing research teams

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.