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Senior Scientist

Talis Biomedical
Job Location
230 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States
Job Description

Company Overview

Talis is an exciting biomedical company that has developed an innovative, proprietary, point-of-care molecular diagnostics platform - we have also recently developed a rapid COVID-19 assay test that runs on this platform.  We enable rapid testing across a wide range of healthcare settings. We are growing quickly to address the pandemic. Come and join us to make a significant impact during this public health crisis. Contribute and be a significant team member as we develop other assays and launch other pipeline products in the infectious disease area.

Our visionary team combines depth of experience with passion to deliver.  Our pioneering tests are designed to enable caregivers to quickly detect infectious organisms and enable individualized care.  From the doctor’s office to the hospital bedside, to remote care settings, we are re-defining the treatment of infectious diseases. 

Talis is committed to excellence in advancing improved health outcomes.  This commitment, along with a dynamic team culture, drives our mission to develop and commercialize novel approaches. 

Position Summary 

The candidate will work in molecular diagnostics in the infectious disease area, joining a team of outstanding, dedicated scientists.  We are seeking talented, motivated and driven individuals to join a collaborative effort to enable development of rapid diagnostic tests.


This opportunity is in the fields of molecular diagnostics and leverages our proprietary microfluidic system. This position is an opportunity for the appropriate candidate to further develop independent thinking, creativity and leadership.

Position Responsibilities

-Design and optimize chemistry and biological assays related to nucleic acid technologies targeting infectious agents in bodily fluids.

 -Plan, carry out experiments, report data and work with others to achieve timely execution of projects.

-Responsible to lead and or carry out, and participate in activities in product development process such as feasibility, assay development work, integration on devices and method transfer to other teams as needed.

-Troubleshoot problems and identify solutions to technical challenges.

-Plan and document well designed experiments, prepare data and content. Will create and present data within the Company and may also prepare and deliver other presentations including white papers or other Company material.

-Hire, develop and manage the work of junior associates.

-Maintain excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize effectively to deliver results.

-Ability to lead/work on multiple projects in parallel. 

-Work as part of cross functional team to ensure project milestone delivery.

-Maintain excellent levels of safety and environmental standards within the laboratory.

Qualifications, Education and Experience

-Ph.D. in Microbiology (preferred specialty), Cellular or Molecular Biology or related fields with 0-3 years of related post-doctoral or industry experience. 

-Experience managing and supervising the work of others.

-Broad experience in standard molecular biology techniques including DNA/RNA sample preparation, nucleic acid extraction and clean-up methods, PCR and RT-PCR essential.

-Strong background in statistical data analysis essential. 

-Strong background in bioinformatics tools used for sequence analysis and primer design.

-Hands-on expertise in assay design, formulation optimization, and troubleshooting for nucleic acid amplification (qPCR, isothermal amplification) necessary.

-Hands-on experience with qPCR is required, with droplet/digital PCR desired.

-Excellent written and oral skills.

-Strong background in microbial biology. 

-Experience integrating assays on devices.

-Experience in development of clinical diagnostic assays for infectious disease.

Talis offers excellent health and welfare benefits, stock options, a 401(k) program with immediate Company match, a rotating suite of snacks, Monday breakfasts, Happy Hours, other fun company events and more! Best of all, join us by working at a growing company like Talis with dedicated and collaborative employees committed to making a difference in Health Care.

Talis is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All aspects of employment decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the bases of any status protected under federal, state, or local law. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our colleagues.

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