Data Scientist, Biochemistry/Biophysics

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
1380 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Job Description

Pacific Biosciences is looking for a scientist to help improve the performance of its sequencing consumables. The successful candidate will work within a highly multidisciplinary R&D environment to develop data analysis methods and tools for extracting content from large single molecule sequencing data sets with the overall goal of improving the accuracy and readlength of mutant/engineered DNA/RNA polymerases and fluorescently labeled nucleotide analogs.  Other areas of focus will be to improve nucleic acid sample preparation and subsequent sequencing performance as it pertains to polymerase processivity, DNA/RNA integrity, and secondary structure. Ideally, the candidate will have a strong background in data analysis techniques applied to challenging biophysical questions. A good working knowledge of biochemistry and/or bioinformatics is highly desirable.  


•    Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of relevant industry experience or a Ph.D. in Data Science, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Biochemistry
•    Experience with the development and application of R, Matlab, Python or other code to solve challenging physical problems 
•    Ability to communicate at a high level in an interdisciplinary environment with colleagues in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, physics, and bioinformatics
•    Familiar with quantitative in vitro assay design and interpretation
•    Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work within a team and thrive in a fast-paced environment
•    Some knowledge of the kinetic and thermodynamic properties of proteins and nucleic acids is a plus
•    All levels of relevant experience will be considered. 

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

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. 

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