(Senior) Research Associate

1 month agoSan Francisco, CA

Location: San Francisco, CA

Invitae is dedicated to bringing comprehensive genetic information into mainstream medicine to improve healthcare for billions of people. Our team is driven to make a difference for the patients we serve. We are leading the transformation of the genetics industry, by making clinical-grade genetic information affordable and accessible to guide health decisions across all stages of life.

Our team is growing rapidly, and we’re looking for people who are passionate about helping improve healthcare. Join us!

Invitae needs a Research Associate to help us achieve our mission. The Research Team is a cross-functional group of AI engineers and scientists, software engineering, bioinformaticians, and assay development scientists that collaborate with Product, Development, Operations, and Lab organizations to drive decision-making and data-driven product development at Invitae. The team leads high-risk/high-impact projects, engages in internal and external collaborations, regularly partners with our team, and develops key strategic frameworks for all business areas.

We are looking for someone that has an “anything is possible” mentality, balanced by keen attention to laboratory details. You understand experimental design and quantitative analysis. You want to develop a broad understanding of different assay technologies used in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. You want to make a difference by improving health care and are motivated to make it happen. You are collaborative and enjoy working with a strong, interdisciplinary team. Once you’re up to speed, you are encouraged to work independently to deliver robust and reproducible results.

What you’ll do:

  • Execute automated NGS library preparation experiments and sequencing as part of a team
  • Process clinical samples sent by external collaborators and/or customers on a weekly basis
  • Handle, document, and store clinical specimens sent by external collaborators (study coordination)
  • Report technical issues and assist in troubleshooting of library preparation and NGS
  • Maintain accurate and well-organized laboratory records, LIMS documentation, worksheets, and notebooks
  • Generate reproducible data to a high technical standard and perform preliminary data quality assessment
  • Perform basic laboratory tasks including nucleic acid extraction, molecular techniques, and occasional cell culture
  • Run and help scale wet-lab experiments using automation, starting with a variety of clinical and cell-based samples
  • Play a key role in innovating and scaling Invitae’s capabilities as we move toward our goal of making affordable and comprehensive genetic/multi-omic testing a reality

What you bring:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, or related field with a minimum of 3 years of laboratory experience, industry experience strongly preferred
  • Strong understanding of Illumina next-generation sequencing methods such as nucleic acid purification and quantitation, PCR/qPCR, library preparation, and instrumentation is required
  • Strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Strong quantitative, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills
  • Preferred: Demonstrated knowledge of cell culture and sterile techniques
  • Preferred: Experience in computational analysis of NGS data
  • Preferred: Experience in metagenomics/microbiome, infectious disease, or biomarker analysis
  • Preferred: Experience with high throughput liquid handlers (Agilent Bravo, Hamilton Star)

By joining Invitae, you’ll work alongside some of the world’s professionals in genetics and healthcare at the forefront of genetic medicine. We’ve built a culture that empowers our teams and our teammates to have the biggest impact and to explore their interests and capabilities. We prize freedom with accountability and offer significant flexibility, along with excellent benefits and competitive compensation in a fast-growing organization.

Join us!

At Invitae, we value diversity and provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.