Senior Scientist, Applications Development

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

Pacific Biosciences seeks a Senior Scientist with a strong technical molecular biology background to join a small advanced research and development team.  The selected individual will support a program aimed at the development of new technologies and applications for SMRT sequencing.  The position primarily involves hands-on laboratory work in preparing templates for in-house experimentation, running the PacBio RS II, and working with a small team to improve existing applications and develop new ones.  The candidate will be working in a fast-paced, start-up environment, interacting with scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds.

•    Applications development and optimization of protocols for target enrichment
•    Hands-on laboratory work preparing samples and running the PacBio RS II instrument
•    Experimental design, analysis, interpretation, and troubleshooting of experimental results


 Position Requirements:         
•    PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related scientific field
•    5+ years of biochemistry and/or molecular biology laboratory research experience
•    Technical proficiency in general laboratory practices, biochemistry/molecular biology, including library construction, PCR, and nucleic acid purification
•    Excellent record-keeping and careful attention-to-detail
•    Strong presentation and communication skills
•    Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills
•    Enjoy working closely with others as a member of an interdisciplinary team
•    Prior experience in the biotechnology industry is a plus
•    Prior experience with product development is a plus
•    Prior hands-on experience in operating next-generation DNA sequencing instruments and assays are a plus
•    Experience with R or other programming languages is a plus

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

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