R&D Scientist - Sequencing Platforms

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 platforms Scientist to join Natera’s R&D group. The new team member will lead research and development efforts to evaluate new technology platforms for use with Natera’s products in cancer and prenatal diagnostics. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, enjoy working in a fast-paced multidisciplinary team environment, and have deep knowledge across multiple NGS and microarray technologies. Responsibilities: 

  • Evaluate new sequencing and microarray platforms for use with Natera’s prenatal and oncology tests
  • Lead projects throughout all stages of planning, feasibility testing, protocol development, verification, validation, and launch
  • Design effective experiments with the statistics and bioinformatics teams; carefully execute lab work   
  • Perform data analysis with advanced tools (JMP, Excel, R)
  • Thoroughly document all progress under a Quality Management System
  • Communicate progress directly with colleagues and senior management
  • Support release and transfer of protocols to internal CLIA lab and/or external business partners



Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Deep technical knowledge of Illumina and Ion Torrent NGS systems, and Affymetrix SNP genotyping arrays   
  • Track record developing complex quantitative DNA/RNA technology applications across a variety of platforms 
  • Proven success in managing collaborative and individual projects, previous experience managing research associates a plus
  • Demonstrated success in applying independent scientific judgment in experimental design and analysis
  • Experience with nucleic acid technology relating to PCR, qPCR, multiplex PCR, and digital PCR
  • Very strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Adept with Excel, basic statistical analysis, programming (e.g. PERL, python) and databases experience (SQL) are a plus
  • Skills at writing clear plans, reports and SOPs, experience with Design Control a plus
  • Previously functioned as a technical lead in a product development role

 Education Requirements: 

  • Degree in molecular biology or closely a related field:
  • Associate Scientist Level- Masters with > 6 years industry experience
  • Scientist Level - Ph.D. with 0-4 years industry experience
  • Senior Scientist Level -  Ph.D. with 5-8 years industry experience
How to Apply

Please apply online at www.natera.com

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 700 employees worldwide – doubling in size in the last 22 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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