Sr. Research Associate/Scientist (13-PD-120)

Complete Genomics
Job Location: 
Mountain View, CA 94043
Job Description: 

Position Code: 13-PD-120
Reports To: Principal Scientist
Department: Biochem & Development Operation


Complete Genomics is seeking a motivated scientist with experience in the physical chemistry of surfaces and the development of surface-based biological assays. The position emphasizes research, development, and technology transfer of processes used the in final stage of preparing the DNA sample for sequencing, including production of DNA nanoballs (DNBs). The scientist will develop and optimize the processes involved with arraying of DNBs onto bio-chips and how the processes impact quality, stability and yield in the downstream sequencing processes.

The scientist will work in the R&D organization within a team focusing on characterization and manipulation of the physico-chemical properties of DNA and proteins, and their interactions with surfaces. The job involves close collaboration with staff involved in library preparation, bio-chip manufacture, and sequencing, and in both an R&D and Operations setting.
•Develop, improve and implement methods for manufacture and arraying of DNBs. The goal is to adapt and produce robust and cost-effective methods supporting various applications of company’s proprietary genome sequencing platform.
•Research and develop processes that meet next-generation (NGS) performance requirements, including quality, cost and scale.
•Support activities in the Biochemistry Department to design, research, develop and implement new DNA sample prep and advanced sequencing chemistry.
•Participate and contribute in weekly group meetings on experimental design, activity planning, and troubleshooting, including reporting experimental results.
•Execute experimental work plan in collaboration with other group members, providing technical expertise, material and hands-on support as needed to achieve departmental goals.
•Collaborate and communicate experimental results with other development and production groups.


•BS, MS or PhD in physical chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, or closely related discipline
•1-5 years industrial or post-degree experience preferably in a startup setting
•Direct experience with molecular biology and biochemistry of nucleic acids and DNA-sequencing
•Experience with surface chemistry aspects of bio-chip based assays
•Familiarity with systems and processes used in molecular biology production environments, including use of SOPs and LIMS
•Excellent analytical, organizational, and planning skills, with great attention to detail and record-keeping in both lab notebook and electronic documentation
•Demonstrated strength in working within a team and with cross-functional partners, as well as ability to work effectively independently. Should be well organized, self-motivated and possess excellent time management skills.
•Ability to multitask and adapt to rapidly changing requirements, priorities and tight schedules
•Functional capability with standard data analysis tools
•Hands-on experience with robotic platforms and process automation is a plus.
•Experience with product development is a plus.

About Our Organization: 

Complete Genomics is the whole human genome sequencing company that has developed and commercialized an innovative DNA sequencing service. The Complete Genomics Analysis Platform (CGA™ Platform) combines Complete Genomics’ proprietary human genome sequencing technology with advanced informatics and data management software. Additional information can be found at

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