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Senior Scientist, Surface Development


Pacific Biosciences

Job Location

1305 O’Brien Dr.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States

Job Description

Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, proof of COVID vaccination (and booster shot, if eligible under applicable CDC guidelines) is required for all U.S.-based employees (subject to limited exceptions).

To ensure the health and safety of all PacBio employees and our prospective candidates, we have instituted a virtual interview and onboarding experience.

Pacific Biosciences seeks an experienced surface scientist to further the development and understanding of surface chemistry components of our single molecule DNA sequencing platform. This individual will have a broad surface science background and be able to apply these skills in diverse areas such as biochemical/surface interactions, process development, assay development for surface characterization, data analysis, etc.

Lead the development of novel surface chemistries to modify surfaces with novel reagents that enhance the performance of Pacific Biosciences’ real-time single molecule DNA sequencing platform.
Work closely with our organic chemistry team to develop, test, and characterize novel surface modification reagents.
Become an expert in surface modification technologies used in our product, and perform laboratory experiments in collaboration with organic chemists, biochemists and process engineers.
Support our new product introduction team, process development team and manufacturing teams to segment and troubleshoot surface science challenges at any stage in the development cycle.

Position Requirements:
Ph.D in Chemistry, Material Science, Applied Physics, Physical Chemistry or equivalent. 5+ years of industry experience, with prior work related to biosensors a plus.
Must have demonstrated background in surface modification and characterization, in particular with organic films, various oxide, metal, and composite materials.
Technical proficiency in general laboratory practices (chemistry/biochemistry/molecular biology), and knowledge of basic molecular biology and biochemistry is desirable.
Working knowledge of surface characterization techniques such as ellipsometry, XPS, AFM, TOF-SIMS, fluorescence microscopy, etc.
Experience working collaboratively with analytical chemists, biochemists, molecular biologists and process engineers is desired.
Problem-solving, attention to detail, careful record-keeping, high level of organization, good verbal and written communication skills are critical

All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional tasks and responsibilities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.


About Our Organization

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