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Senior Manager, R&D


Natera, Inc.

Job Location

201 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
United States


Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Account & Health Savings Account, Unlimited PTO, 401(k)

Job Description


In this exciting role, you will help direct and lead pre-clinical scientific research and development within the Molecular Biology Research team. Focus on advancing Natera’s oncology product portfolio and work within a research team for Signatera. Lead a team to investigate the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems. You will also plan, execute and manages laboratory research. 

Work closely with the Director of R&D to manage a team of scientists while ensuring company, department, and team goals are met. Responsible for direct supervision of lab staff and individual contributors performing duties such as experimental testing laboratory testing, data analysis and data review. Duties include but are not limited to coaching, motivating, staffing, evaluating, and training staff. Actively interact and communicate with interdepartmental teams such as Ops, Accessioning, Bioinformatics, Data Science, Engineering, R&D, and Support. Responsible for managing projects and associated timelines and deliverables Meet regularly with individual and cross-functional team members to discuss objectives, goals and progress Coordinate the planning, execution and analysis of effective experiments with statistics and bioinformatics teams. Very strong communication, analytical and problem-solving skills 


Degree in molecular biology, cellular biology or closely related field
Ph.D. with a minimum of 6+ years of relevant industry experience including significant leadership experience, or equivalent. 

Strong communication and organization skills in being able lead and collaborate with internal functional groups and external pharma and academic collaborators
Strong planning, organizational and time management skills required, must be familiar with project management software.
Proven success in managing collaborative and individual projects, previous experience managing scientists
Demonstrated experience in managing and providing leadership to scientists and analysts
Must have experience with next generation sequencing (NGS) and nucleic-acid based molecular biology
Ability to perform basic data and statistical analysis (e.g. R, JMP, Excel)
Extensive experience with nucleic acid technologies relating to PCR, qPCR, multiplex PCR, digital PCR
Epigenetic/methylation, target enrichment, cfDNA, and NGS data analysis experience is a plus
Team player with demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build effective working relationships within functional area
Demonstrated success in applying independent scientific judgment in experimental design and analysis
Experience with Design Control and in a regulated environment a plus
This role works with PHI on a regular basis both in paper and electronic form and has access to various technologies to access PHI (paper and electronic) in order to perform the job Employee must complete training relating to HIPAA/PHI privacy, General Policies and Procedure Compliance training and security training as soon as possible but not later than the first 30 days of hire.
Must maintain a current status on Natera training requirements. Employee must pass post-offer criminal background check. 

About Our Organization


Driven by the passion for elevating the science and utility of genetic testing, Natera is committed to helping families identify and manage genetic diseases. Natera is a rapidly-growing diagnostics company with proprietary bioinformatics and molecular technology for analyzing DNA. Our complex technology has been proven clinically and commercially in the prenatal testing space and we are actively researching its applications in the liquid biopsy space for developing products with oncology applications. The Natera team consists of highly dedicated statisticians, geneticists, doctors, laboratory scientists, business professionals, software engineers and many other professionals from world-class institutions, who care deeply for our work and each other. When you join Natera, you’ll work hard and grow quickly. Working alongside the elite of the industry, you’ll be stretched and challenged, and take pride in being part of a company that is changing the landscape of genetic disease management. 

Competitive Benefits. Generous Employee Referral program. Healthy catered lunches everyday, and premium snacks! Additionally, we offer complimentary premium coffee drinks and teas, and other beverages.  
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