Senior Scientist, Applications

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
1380 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Job Description

Pacific Biosciences seeks a Senior Scientist with strong customer focus combined with a solid molecular biology and instrumentation background to join our applications and collaborations team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating collaboration and application method development.  The position involves hands-on laboratory work in library prep and sequencing on the RS, data analysis, organizing and presenting results, as well as working directly with customers and collaborators.  The senior scientist will be working in a fast-paced start-up environment, interacting with R&D and other application scientists, bioinformatics scientists, field application specialists and engineers from a wide variety of backgrounds.

•    Lead collaboration projects from design and execution to analysis and publication/presentation of results
•    Manage and execute experiments for collaboration and application development projects; involves extensive hands-on laboratory work preparing samples and running the PacBio RS II instrument
•    Work closely with bioinformatics team on data analysis
•    Transfer knowledge of methodologies/new product release from R&D to the field and support organization
•    Support strategic accounts with experimental design, expertise in sample preparation, and application development.
•    Develop technical documentation and training materials
•    Communicate and exchange developments and issues to others within the organization
•    Generate sales collateral through white papers, application notes and method papers
•    Provide scientific and applications feedback and guidance for development, marketing, and sales 


•    Ph.D. or M.S. in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field, and 3+ years of relevant experience.  Appropriate experience carrying out molecular biology/biochemistry experiments at the Senior Research Associate level may qualify.
•    Ability to independently develop experimental plan for research goals, carry out and complete: design, execute, analyze, present, and determine next steps 
•    Technical proficiency in general biochemistry/molecular biology laboratory practices, including library construction and operation of next generation sequencing platforms
•    Strong presentation and communication skills
•    Must enjoy working closely with others as a member of an interdisciplinary team
•    Strong trouble-shooting abilities
•    Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills
•    A “can do” attitude; can be flexible and work under pressure in a fast-paced start up environment.
•    Ability to balance several projects and customers concurrently
•    Excellent record-keeping and careful attention to detail
•    Must be an intelligent individual with excellent work ethic, exceptional judgment, and unquestionable integrity
•    Familiarity with the paper publication process and associated experimental design requirements
•    Proficiency with PacBio RS II platform and protocols desired

About Our Organization

Pacific Biosciences’ mission is to transform the way humankind acquires, processes and interprets data from living systems through the design, development and commercialization of innovative tools for biological research. The company has developed a novel approach to studying the synthesis and regulation of DNA, RNA and protein. Combining recent advances in nanofabrication, biochemistry, molecular biology, surface chemistry and optics, Pacific Biosciences has created a powerful technology platform called single molecule, real-time, or SMRT™, technology. SMRT technology enables real-time analysis of biomolecules with single molecule resolution, which has the potential to transform the understanding of biological systems by providing a window into these systems that has not previously been open for scientific study. 

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