Senior Research Associate, R&D

Job Location
201 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA 94047

Key Benefits

  • 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.


Office Perks

  • Healthy catered lunches
  • Premium snacks and beverages
  • Onsite gym with cardio and weight-training equipment
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Game room with satellite TV
  • Onsite dry cleaning and alteration service with pick-up and delivery
  • Complimentary chair massages
  • Ample employee garage parking
  • Employee-organized sport leagues
  • Happy hours and BBQs
  • Generous employee referral program
  • Close to downtown San Carlos shops and restaurants
Job Description

Natera is seeking a highly motivated, independent and interactive Senior Research Associate 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 outstanding attention to detail, enjoy working in a fast-paced multidisciplinary team environment, and have exceptional hands on laboratory skills.  Since Natera is a rapidly growing company, the candidate must be highly motivated to launch their career and grow with the organization.    Job Description: 

  • Support the research and development of new tests for Natera’s clinical laboratory & external business partners.
  • Carefully plan and execute complex laboratory experiments with excellent attention to detail.       
  • Perform data analysis with advanced analytical tools (JMP, Excel, R); contribute insight toward experimental findings.
  • Keep a detailed laboratory notebook and summarize work in research reports and laboratory meeting presentations.
  • Convert newly developed protocols and procedures into SOPs
  • Trouble-shoot laboratory processes and protocols
  • Communicate results with colleagues and R&D management.




  • M. Sc. degree in molecular biology or a related field and 2-4 years molecular biology laboratory experience, OR
  • B.S. degree in molecular biology or a related field and 4-6 years molecular biology laboratory experience
  • Significant experience with PCR techniques including qPCR, multiplex PCR, and digital PCR; experience with nucleic acid analysis technologies including Agilent Bioanalyzer, LabChip GX, Qubit/Quant-iT, and Nanodrop
  • Hands-on experience with Next Generation Sequencing on Illumina platforms preferred 
  • Possess the ability to think creatively and analytically; very strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proven interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; excellent time management skills
  • Microsoft Excel experience required; 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: 

  • M. Sc. or B.S. degree 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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