Research Associate / Associate Scientist Surface Chemistry

San Diego, CA
Nov 17, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
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.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities
  • Work closely with senior scientific staff to identify and develop new surface technologies for NGS platforms
  • Design and develop experiments to understand interactions of molecules/biomolecules on surfaces.
  • Evaluate performance of surface coatings created via collaboration with cross functional teams.
  • Support our development, operations, and manufacturing teams to troubleshoot surface chemistry challenges.
Required Skills/Abilities
  • Basic algebraic, statistical, and mathematical skills is required
  • Prior scientific research lab experience is preferred
  • Experience with surface chemistry and polymer chemistry is highly desired
  • Working knowledge of bioconjugation techniques and molecular biology is highly desired
  • Working knowledge of characterization tools such as fluorescence microscopy, UV/Vis, GPC, HPLC
  • Ability to produce high quality work with great attention to detail in a fast pace and efficient manner
  • 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

Education and Experience

  • B.S/ in chemistry, materials science, physics, or a closely related field.
  • 2-5 years of industrial work experience in an R&D setting (an equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered).

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.