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Lead Data Scientist

San Carlos, CA

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

The Lead Data Scientist is a member of the Data Science group. Participates in the design and
prototyping of cutting-edge algorithms for analysis of genetic data. Perform data analysis,
contributes to our intellectual property portfolio, and interacts closely with our molecular biology
team to guide and analyze experiments.


  • Independently lead research efforts into building probabilistic models for next generation sequence platforms.
  • Leverage accurate probability models to build the next round of algorithms and products.
  • Move products through the full development process, from research through commercial
  • launch.
  • Contribute to our intellectual property portfolio.
  • Drive rigorous data analysis effort and support group efforts toward high quality
  • documentation.
  • Help develop and guide molecular biology experiments.
  • 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.
  • Employee must pass post offer criminal background check.

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  • Masters or Ph.D. in applied math, statistics, engineering, or equivalent.
  • 5+ years of industry experience.
  • Excellent proficiency with Python or R.
  • Excellent foundation in probability theory and estimation/classification methods.
  • Proven ability to apply mathematical principles to solve real estimation problems and implement practical solutions.
  • Experience with a database query language such as SQL.

  • Experience in using Python, MATLAB, or R in data analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills and the desire to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment.
  • Desire to learn about human genetics and sequencing technologies.
  • Experience writing code in a production environment and using version control.


  • Duties are typically performed in an office setting.
  • This position requires the ability to use a computer keyboard, communicate over the telephone and read printed material


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. Generous Employee Referral program. Healthy catered lunches everyday, and premium snacks! Additionally, we offer complimentary premium coffee drinks and teas, and other beverages.

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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-8168
Employment Type: Other