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Associate Scientist

San Carlos, CA

Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
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We are looking for a creative Associate Scientist to initiate and help us build best-in-class research profiling platforms like RNASeq, MethylSeq, immune profiling. Must have a strong background in molecular biology, experience with next-generation DNA/RNA sequencing.


• Contributes substantially and intellectually to research and development
• Leads projects or be part of a project team to discover diagnostics biomarkers, build novel nucleic acid tests; including planning, feasibility testing, protocol development, optimization, verification, validation

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• Responsible for executing projects as per associated timelines and deliverables
• Thoroughly comprehends the objectives and vision of the work
• Develops plans, generates and advances new ideas
• Performs basic data analysis, including statistics
• Independently designs and executes moderate to high complexity experiments
• Coordinates the execution and analysis of effective experiments with statistics and bioinformatics teams
• Documents research progress under a Quality Management System
• May work with partners and outside collaborators
• Communicates progress directly with colleagues and senior management
• This role works with PHI regularly both in paper and electronic form and has access to various technologies to access PHI (paper and electronic) 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.


• Ph.D. in molecular biology, genetics, genomics, or closely related field, or equivalent experience


• Must have hands-on experience with next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies and basic molecular biology techniques, including DNA/RNA, multiplex PCR, hybrid capture, digital PCR, epigenetic/methylation
• Must have experience in data interpretation and results reporting.
• Must have excellent communication, organizational, record-keeping, planning, and time management skills
• Proven success in managing collaborative and individual projects, previous experience managing research associates a plus
• Demonstrated success in applying independent scientific judgment in experimental design and analysis
• Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills


• This position requires the ability to use a computer keyboard, communicate over the telephone and read printed material.
• 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): San Carlos, CA, USA
Job ID: Natera-6826
Employment Type: Other