Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location: 
Menlo Park, CA
Job Description: 

Pacific Biosciences seeks a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate with a strong technical molecular biology background to join a small advanced research and development team. The selected individual will support a program aimed at the development of new technologies and applications for SMRT sequencing. The position primarily involves hands-on laboratory work in preparing templates for in-house experimentation, running the PacBio RS II, and working with a small team to improve existing applications and develop new ones. The candidate will be working in a fast-paced, start-up environment, interacting with scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds.

Key responsibilities include:

• Applications development and optimization of protocols for full-length cDNA sequencing.
• Hands-on laboratory work preparing samples and running the PacBio RS II instrument.
• Analysis, interpretation, and troubleshooting of experimental results.


• Recent M.S. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related scientific field.
• 3 to 5 years of biochemistry and/or molecular biology laboratory research experience.
• Technical proficiency in general laboratory practices, biochemistry/molecular biology, including library construction, PCR, and cDNA synthesis.
• Excellent record-keeping and careful attention-to-detail.
• Strong presentation and communication skills.
• Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills.
• Enjoy working closely with others as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
• Prior experience in the biotechnology industry is a plus.
• Prior hands-on experience in operating next-generation DNA sequencing instruments and assays are a plus.
• Experience with R or other programming languages is a plus.

About Our Organization: 

Pacific Biosciences’ mission is to transform the way humankind acquires, processes and interprets data from living systems through the design, development and commercialization of innovative tools for biological research. The company has developed a novel approach to studying the synthesis and regulation of DNA, RNA and protein. Combining recent advances in nanofabrication, biochemistry, molecular biology, surface chemistry and optics, Pacific Biosciences has created a powerful technology platform called single molecule, real-time, or SMRT™, technology. SMRT technology enables real-time analysis of biomolecules with single molecule resolution, which has the potential to transform the understanding of biological systems by providing a window into these systems that has not previously been open for scientific study.