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Staff Surface Chemistry Scientist


Pacific Biosciences

Job Location

1305 O’Brien Dr.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States

Job Description

At Pacific Biosciences (NASDAQ: PACB), we are passionate about developing high-quality, innovative technologies and systems that impact areas of critical importance, including human biomedical research, plant and animal sciences, and microbiology and infectious disease studies. Our unique long-read gene sequencing technology generates complete and accurate data, giving scientist more insights. We believe our tools will lead to advances that will create long-lasting benefits for the world and its future.
We are seeking an experienced surface scientist to further the development and understanding of surface chemistry components of our single molecule DNA sequencing platform. This individual will be expected to:
  1. Lead the development of novel surface chemistries that enhance the performance of Pacific Biosciences’ real-time single molecule DNA sequencing platform.
  2. Work closely with our organic chemistry team to develop novel surface modification reagents.
  3. Become an expert in surface modification technologies used in our product.
  4. Support our new product introduction team, process development team and manufacturing teams to segment and troubleshoot surface science challenges at any stage in the development cycle.

This individual will have a broad surface science background and be able to apply these skills in diverse areas such as biochemical/surface interactions, process development, assay development for surface characterization, data analysis, etc.

  • Develop methods to modify surfaces with novel reagents.
  • Provide surface science and materials science support to process development, manufacturing, and R&D.
  • Perform experiments in collaboration with organic chemists, biochemists and process engineers.

All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional tasks and responsibilities.

Position Requirements:         
  • Ph.D in chemistry or equivalent. 5 years industrial experience.
  • Must have demonstrated background in surface modification and surface characterization.
  • Working knowledge of surface characterization techniques such as ellipsometry, XPS, AFM, TOF-SIMS, fluorescence microscopy, etc.  
  • Experience working collaboratively with analytical chemists, biochemists, molecular biologists and process engineers is desired. Strong interdisciplinary communication skills are critical.
  • A basic knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry is desirable.

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.


About Our Organization

PacBio is a leading provider of high quality, long-read sequencing platforms.

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