Scientist I/II

Pleasanton, CA 94588

Posted: 06/26/2018 Employment Type: Contract Industry: R&D Job Number: 4422

Our client develops, manufactures and supplies a wide array of innovative medical diagnostic products, services, tests, platforms and technologies.


  • Operate next generation sequencers
  • Execute development and optimization experiments
  • Prepare experimental reports in electronic lab notebook (eLN) system
  • Perform basic analyses related to sequencing metrics and bioinformatics
  • Present observed results at group meetings
  • Execute standard molecular biology techniques, especially next generation sequencing library preparation, on clinical DNA samples.
  • Follow protocols precisely, and with extreme care, as material derived from clinical samples is highly limited.
  • Perform cell-free nucleic acids extraction from clinical plasma specimens, whole blood, and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue
  • This position will require handling of infectious materials

  • Working knowledge of standard molecular biology techniques.
  • Hands-on molecular biology experience, including using multichannel pipettes
  • Experience in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology
  • Familiarity with nucleic acid extraction/purification technology
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of programs, especially Word and Excel applications
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Ability to work independently and able to work with cross-functional teams

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience handling small (ng) amounts of nucleic acids
  • Experience performing molecular biology techniques on many samples simultaneously
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics tools, sequence analysis algorithms and NCBI programs such as BLAST Experience in working various automated instruments and robots
  • Proficient with some statistical software (e.g. JMP, R) preferred Excellent skills in Excel worksheet Multi-tasking ability



  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences with 2-6 year’s relevant experience or master degree 0-2 years
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