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Research Associate, Assay Research

Seer Biosciences
Redwood City, California
Start date
Apr 1, 2023

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Regulatory, Research/Documentation, Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Bay

Job Details

At Seer, we are passionate about empowering our customers to expand scientific discoveries and achieve exceptional scientific outcomes. Our team is growing quickly as we develop innovative approaches to solve complex biological questions. And we believe the next frontier in biology is enabled through a clearer and more complete view of the proteome – something that Seer can uniquely deliver. As we build our team, we are looking for collaborative, driven, intellectually curious people who are committed to solving complex challenges. Our culture rewards accountability and cross functional teamwork, because we believe that this enables the kind of breakthrough thinking that will accelerate our mission.

This role is based on-site in Redwood City (Redwood Shores), California  The Role & The Team

This group contributes to the new product concepts, development of novel ideas,  investigating variety of biological sample types, optimization and operation of the company’s core proteomics platform.

The research associate will ideally have a proven track record of accomplishments in academia or in the life sciences/pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. The successful candidate is likely to have a background in biochemistry, analytical chemistry or biology with more than 2 years of experience in developing assays and other molecular biology techniques.

Responsibilities & Goals

The Assay Research group is focused on the design, development and implementation of biochemical experiments using automated liquid handlers. Areas of specific responsibility and attention will include:

  • Participate in biochemical experiments to support assay projects and development of the assay platform, with specific emphasis on proteomic assays, immunoassays, HPLC and mass spectrometry.
  • Duties including new assay design, assay optimization, assay troubleshooting, protocol development, sample analyzing and data analysis. Appropriate documentation of developed SOPs suitable for transferring to product development team.
  • Interfacing with the Automation department for developing and testing automated assays with liquid handlers.
  • Work with the broader Research team for developing new product pipeline and maximizing assay performance across all functional elements of the assay.
  • Develop assay protocols and implement standard operating procedures.
  • Effectively analyze data, document and present results in cross functional team meetings, R&D seminars and other forums.
  • Support laboratory maintenance, including ordering and restocking supplies, and ensure cleanliness and compliance.
Background & Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a demonstrated record of accomplishments in academia or the life sciences industry. The ideal candidate will have had significant experience supporting and implementing assays in an industrial biotechnology setting. Candidates must bring a strong entrepreneurial orientation along with teamwork skills and an absolute commitment to competing with the highest level of integrity. 

Key requirements include:

  • BS or MS with a strong academic background in biological science.
  • Experience with industry best practices and standards for product R&D.
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques (i.e. Protein/peptide sample prep and separation, RNA and DNA preparations, ELISA).
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, with demonstrated experience in cross-functional and timely communication.
  • Strong skills in documenting all aspects of assay throughput, to ensure accurate, clear and complete records.
  • Experience operating Hamilton / Tecan liquid handlers preferred by not required.
  • Strong and collaborative work ethic; must be a self-starter and persistent in achieving objectives to support Seer’s scientific and business goals.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a small team setting, while meeting scheduled deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

At Seer, base pay is one part of our total compensation package and is determined within a range. This provides the opportunity to progress as you grow and develop within a role. The base pay range for this role is between $70,000 and $75,000 and will depend on the candidates education, skills, qualifications, experience, and location. This position is also eligible for bonus, benefits, and participation in Company’s stock option plan.  

We welcome you to apply today!

Seer is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Seer employees and contractors who regularly come onsite to a Seer office or Client, are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Exceptions to this requirement are employees and/or contractors who require religious or medical exemption as approved through Seer's accommodations process.


Our goal is to empower the scientific community with tools that help them to achieve exceptional outcomes by removing the technological barriers to studying the proteome. Our technology is designed to enable breakthrough studies to happen by taking deep proteomics from a pinhole to a panorama.

Over the last 15 years, the fields of genomics and transcriptomics have undergone an explosion in content and discovery, fueled by massively parallel technologies that made large-scale studies possible and tractable. Advancement in those fields have deepened our understanding of biology and ushered in new companies, applications and diagnostics solutions that impact everyday human life.

Similar capabilities have evaded the field of proteomics. As a result, researchers have been forced into a tradeoff: the scale of the study, or the depth of its coverage. Until now. We’re committed to eliminating the obstacles that have kept proteomics’ potential from matching the pace of advancements we’ve seen in other fields. We believe that unbiased, deep, rapid, large-scale proteomics can, and must, become accessible to the broad scientific community so that we may significantly advance our understanding of biology, health, and disease. And this will require solutions that allow researchers to accurately survey and analyze the full diversity of proteins across individuals, over time.  

Stock Symbol: SEER



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