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Research Associate

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 Research Associate 1 performs research and/or development tasks in collaboration with others. Makes detailed observations, analyzes data, and interprets results. Investigates, creates and develops new methods and technologies for project advancement. Maintains high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature.


  • Help design, plan, and perform experiments geared towards the development of non-invasive prenatal tests involving advanced DNA sequencing methods (NGS). Responsibilities will include:

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  • Autonomously and accurately plan and execute complex laboratory experiments
  • Analyze data using advanced analytical tools
  • Keep a detailed laboratory notebook; write protocols and experimental plans, 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
  • Summarize work in research reports and laboratory meeting presentations
  • Learn and understand the science behind ongoing research projects while simultaneously completing increasingly complex tasks.
  • This role will have occasional access to PHI both in paper and electronic form and have occasional 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

    • B.S. degree in molecular biology, related field, or equivalent.
    • Minimum of 1 year of industry experience in DNA extractions and handling and sample handling

    • Duties are typically performed in a laboratory setting.
    • This position requires the ability to perform repetitive motions during pipetting and samples processing.
    • 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. 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-7666
    Employment Type: Other