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Senior Scientist

3+ months agoSan Carlos, CA

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

We are looking for an inquisitive and creative Senior Scientist to initiate, direct and execute pre-product research for Oncology.

You will be working within an exciting molecular research team leading projects in building novel tools and technology for the state-of-the-art oncology product lines at Natera.

Must have experience with next-generation DNA/RNA sequencing, general nucleic-acid technologies, epigenetics/methylation or protein screening

• Contributes substantially and intellectually to research and development

• Leads projects to create and develop novel nucleic acid or protein based diagnostic tests; including planning, feasibility testing, protocol development, optimization, verification, validation, and launch
• 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 manage Research Associates
• May work with partners and outside collaborators
• Communicates progress directly with colleagues and senior management
• 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.

• Ph.D. in molecular biology, biochemistry or closely related field, or equivalent experience
• Senior Scientist with minimum of 5 years of industry experience or 2 years of post-doctoral research + 3 years of industry 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, epigenetics/methylation

• Experience in developing tests in liquid biopsy
• Must have experience in data analysis, statistics, data interpretation and results reporting.
• Track record of originating, developing and productizing novel nucleic acid techniques and tests
• 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
• Adept with data analysis and statistical testing using Excel, JMP, R or other data analysis environments
• Bioinformatics capabilities, programming (e.g. PERL, python) and database experience (SQL) are a plus
• Skilled at writing clear plans, reports and SOPs

• 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.

Anticipated percent for travel 10% for Conference attendance.

Client-provided location(s): San Carlos, CA, USA
Job ID: Natera-6708