Development Scientist, R&D/Senior Development Scientist, R&D

Job Location
201 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
  • Medical, Dental and Vision coverage for employees and families
  • Disability and life insurance coverage offered at no additional cost
  • 401K Retirement savings plan
  • EAP Employee Assistance Program
  • Ten paid holidays per year
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Working Advantage employee purchasing program with discounts of up to 60%
  • Commuter FSA Program; transit spending account options available for Naterans taking public transit to work. We are located near Belmont and San Carlos Caltrain stations.
Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated Development Scientist or Senior Development Scientist to join Natera’s R&D group. The new team member will participate in Natera’s R&D activities with the goal of developing new tests for prenatal care and oncology. The successful candidate will have a track record of developing diagnostic tests or reagent kits in a regulated environment.  Responsibilities: 

  • Develop reagents kits and protocols for use in new tests for Natera’s clinical laboratory and other regulated markets
  • Plan, execute, analyze, and document product development, verification, validation experiments with superb attention to detail under a design control system
  • Ensure product stability by employing proven development practices – optimization, guardband testing, gauge R&R, stability testing, LOQ, etc.
  • Develop and implement quality control procedures for critical reagents and processes
  • Perform data analysis with advanced analytical tools (JMP, Excel, R); make fundamental scientific contributions toward producing robust products
  • Keep a detailed laboratory notebook and summarize work in research reports and laboratory meeting presentations
  • Communicate results with colleagues and R&D management


  • 2-4 years (Scientist) or 5-8 years (Senior Scientist) industry experience in molecular biology
  • Significant prior experience in a product development role - not research only
  • Mastery of qPCR/multiplex PCR – primer design, master mix formulation, protocol optimization
  • Fundamental expertise in nucleic acid quantitation and fragment analysis      
  • Hands on experience with Next Generation Sequencing on Illumina platforms  Very strong analytical and problem solving skills; organized and efficient
  • Proven interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; excellent time management skills
  • Microsoft Excel experience required with SQL programming experience a plus
  • Superb attention to detail; produces work of exceptional quality and accuracy
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, evolving environment; Able to manage competing priorities
  • Ability to proactively identify issues and address with solutions-oriented approach

  Education Requirements: 

  • A PhD in molecular biology or a closely related field
How to Apply

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About Our Organization

Natera is a Silicon Valley-based genetic testing company that develops and commercializes non-invasive methods for analyzing DNA. Our mission is to help families diagnose and manage genetic disease.

Natera is headquartered in San Carlos, California and has more than 600 employees worldwide – doubling in size in the last 18 months. 

Natera’s expertise lies in identifying and analyzing tiny amounts of foreign DNA in a host body.  For example, one of our leading products measures tiny amounts of fetal DNA in a pregnant woman’s blood stream.  Our unique SNP based methods and advanced bio-informatics algorithms allow us to deliver results that are more accurate than other technologies.  This requires teams of experts from genetics, statistics and engineering and laboratory, clinical and commercial specialists, who collaborate to deliver substantial results.  Sequencing technology is increasing exponentially, similar to Moore’s Law; Natera is at the forefront of taking advantage of this data, and is redefining the utility of genetic information.  This change is disrupting the medical community and being embraced by consumers worldwide.

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