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Scientist II

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• This 12-month contract position in the Chemistry R&D, part of the CSD organization of Client, located at South San Francisco.  As a Scientist in the Clinical Sequencing Division (CSD) of Client, you will be working on Ion Torrent Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology. NGS is increasingly becoming the technology of choice in the research and clinical settings for a wide variety of applications such as companion diagnostics for cancer treatment, prenatal screening and rare disease diagnostics.
• In this role, you will be part of a high performance, cross-disciplinary team developing new technologies for the next generation of our sequencing platforms working at the interface of chemistry, biology, material science and lab automation.

Key responsibilities
• Lead daily operations – including setup, operation and troubleshooting of Ion sequencers
• Characterize and perform sequencing to test new candidate hydrogels
• Help develop new analytical tools and assays, as needed
• Analyze data, derive conclusions, document findings, write SOPs and prepare reports for sharing within and between R&D groups
• Maintain a detailed and organized lab notebook
• Interact within Chemistry R&D group as well as with other collaborating groups

Minimum requirements
• BS or MS in Bioengineering, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology
• Minimum 2+ years of hands-on experience in an advanced research lab
• Good knowledge of DNA amplification and sequencing technologies is desirable
• Basic proficiency in Python or similar lab automation program
• Proficiency in statistical data analysis. Knowledge in database query (SQL, R, etc) is desirable
• Experience in fluorescence microscopy & other imaging methods
• Moderate to intensive pipetting and long continuous periods in the lab doing experiments

Desired qualities
• Fast learner and a self-starter
• Anticipates needs and problems while creating solutions. Not always instruction-based
• Demonstrates a sense of urgency, contagious optimism and a “can do” attitude
• Is curious, inquisitive, innovative, never satisfied with the status quo
• Greets challenge and change as opportunity
• Collaborates with others and strong orientation towards team work

Contract Scientist II, NGS R&D

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