Postdoctoral Fellow, Variant Assessment Lab

Ambry Genetics
Job Location
15 Argonaut
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Job Description


Ambry Genetics provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to both enhance their research goals and obtain leading diagnostic industry experience at our campus in Aliso Viejo, CA.

This position is open for a highly motivated scientist interested in studying the interplay between genetic variation and cancer biology. This position requires a strong knowledge of genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology. It is expected that this position will result in publications in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral fellow will gain valuable experience in a molecular diagnostics company and contribute to the understanding of functional significance of genetic variation.

This is a one-year program that can be renewed up to three years. It is a paid full time position with benefits. Expenses toward the project, laptop, computer equipment, and laboratory research supplies are covered by Ambry.



The postdoctoral fellow will be required to conduct research projects associated with variant assessment independently and collaboratively. He/she will be responsible for presenting data at internal group, department, and/or other company meetings, as well as various external meetings when appropriate. Each postdoc will be assigned a mentor at Ambry that will provide scientific advice and guidance. All Ambry postdocs are expected to publish results both internally and externally.



Length: This is a one-year program that can be renewed up to three years. Each year needs confirmation from sponsor and the APP that trainee is making significant progress towards goals.

Hiring Process: Submit an application with listed requirements. Selected candidates will be contacted by the mentor(s) to schedule an initial phone interview. The second stage includes a full-day, on-site interview, during which the candidate gives a research seminar and meets their prospective mentor(s) and other scientists of the department. 


1.   Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Sanger sequencing and/or NGS is preferred.
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals and proven ability to conduct independent research at a very high level.
  • Outstanding organizational, experimental design, and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Must be proficient in DNA/RNA extraction and analysis. 


2.   Minimum certifications/educational level:

  •  Recent recipient of Ph.D. (<4 years) or defense scheduled in next 4 months in a relevant field of study.

3.   Minimum experience:

  •  Knowledge and experience with the following techniques: assay development, flow cytometry, mammalian cell culture, cloning, fluorescent cell-based assays, fluorescence microscopy, high-content imaging, and data analysis.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or resident.
How to Apply
  •  Please submit an application and CV here.
  •  Submit a cover letter briefly summarizing your research experience, what you want to accomplish during the postdoctoral training period, and how the training will support your future career. 
About Our Organization

Ambry Genetics Corporation is a CAP-accredited and CLIA-licensed molecular genetics laboratory based in Aliso Viejo, California. We are a genetics-based healthcare company that is dedicated to open scientific exchange so we can work together to understand and treat all human disease faster.

At Ambry, everyone is welcome. A career at Ambry Genetics is a chance to be part of a dynamic company that aims to improve health by understanding the relationships between genetics and human disease. We earned our reputation as industry leaders by responsibly introducing cutting-edge genetic testing solutions and continually sharing what we learn with the global scientific community. We also support those with genetic conditions through the Mauli Ola Foundation and other nonprofit organizations. At Ambry you will be learning, challenging yourself, and having fun while collaborating with teammates through the open exchange of ideas.

Employees at Ambry Genetics have many perks, including an onsite café with complimentary smoothies and infused waters! We also offer access to gym memberships, onsite food trucks, “Lunch and Learns,” Pajama Days, Chili Cook-Offs and more. Our outstanding benefits program includes medical, dental, vision, 401k, FSA, generous paid time off (PTO) program, and flexible scheduling as determined appropriate. Ambry Genetics is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and we maintain a drug-free work environment.  

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