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Associate Scientist

3+ months agoSouth San Francisco, CA

Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
Vaccine verification will be required.

Associate Scientist, R&D will lead, initiate, and execute laboratory experiments. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problem solving. Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories. Must have experience with next-generation DNA/RNA sequencing, general nucleic-acid technologies or protein screening.

Autonomously and accurately design experimental plans and execute complex laboratory experiments.
Write protocols and document results and scientific interpretations.

Contribute insight toward experimental findings and trouble-shoot laboratory processes and protocols
Communicate and discuss results with a multidisciplinary team including biologists, bioinformaticians, statisticians, software engineers and managers.
Performs basic data analysis.
This role works with PHI on a regular basis both in paper and electronic form and has access to various technologies to access PHI (paper and electronic) in order to perform the job. Employee must complete training relating to HIPAA/PHI privacy, General Policies and Procedure Compliance training and security training as soon as possible but not later than the first 30 days of hire.
Must maintain a current status on Natera training requirements.

Bachelor's in molecular biology, biochemistry or closely related field with a minimum of 6 years of industry experience.
Master's in molecular biology, biochemistry or closely related field, with 2 years of industry experience.
PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or closely related field, with 0-2 years of industry experience.

Must have hands-on experience with basic molecular biology techniques, including PCR, QRT-PCR, digital PCR, Nucleic Acids extractions or sequencing.
Extensive experience with next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques and protocols.
Experience in optimizing laboratory methodologies and troubleshooting complex problems.
Experience in programming and operating liquid handlers is a plus.
Experience in epigenetic/methylation, target enrichment, cfDNA/RNA and NGS data analysis experience is a plus.
Demonstrated success in applying independent scientific judgment in experimental design and analysis.
Experience in writing clear plans, reports and SOPs.
Adept in data analysis using Excel or other data analysis tools.
Must have excellent communication, organizational, record-keeping, planning, attention to detail and time management skills.

Duties are typically performed in an office and laboratory setting.
This position requires the ability to use a computer keyboard, communicate over the telephone, and read printed material.
Laboratory activities require periods of standing while working and occasionally lifting heavy objects.
Duties may require working outside normal working hours (evenings and weekends) at times.

Driven by the passion for elevating the science and utility of genetic testing, Natera is committed to helping families identify and manage genetic diseases. Natera is a rapidly-growing diagnostics company with proprietary bioinformatics and molecular technology for analyzing DNA. Our complex technology has been proven clinically and commercially in the prenatal testing space and we are actively researching its applications in the liquid biopsy space for developing products with oncology applications.The Natera team consists of highly dedicated statisticians, geneticists, doctors, laboratory scientists, business professionals, software engineers and many other professionals from world-class institutions, who care deeply for our work and each other. When you join Natera, you'll work hard and grow quickly. Working alongside the elite of the industry, you'll be stretched and challenged, and take pride in being part of a company that is changing the landscape of genetic disease management.

Competitive Benefits - Employee benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life and disability plans for eligible employees and their dependents. Additionally, Natera employees and their immediate families receive free testing in addition to fertility care benefits. Other benefits include pregnancy and baby bonding leave, 401k benefits, commuter benefits and much more. We also offer a generous employee referral program!

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Natera is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace environment, and welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. Inclusive collaboration benefits our employees, our community and our patients, and is critical to our mission of changing the management of disease worldwide. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable laws.

Client-provided location(s): South San Francisco, CA, USA
Job ID: Natera-6805