Initiates, directs and executes pre-clinical scientific research and/or product development. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problem solving. Plans and executes laboratory research. Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories. Must have experience with next-generation DNA and RNA sequencing (NGS) and nucleic-acid technologies
Contributes substantially and intellectually to research or development
Leads projects to create and develop novel nucleic acid 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
Independently develops plans, generates and advances new ideas
Independently designs and executes moderate to high complexity experiments
Coordinates the execution and analysis of effective experiments with statistics and bioinformatics teams
Performs basic data analysis (e.g. R, JMP, Excel)
May manage Research Associates
Documents research progress under a Quality Management System
Works 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.
Employee must pass post offer criminal background check.
Ph.D. in molecular biology or closely related field, or equivalent experience
Minimum of 5 - 8 years of industry experience
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Must have experience with next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies and related molecular biology techniques such as DNA/RNA sample prep from multiple sources, library construction, whole genome/exome sequencing, target capture, universal and targeted amplification, etc and subsequent data analysis and interpretation.
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 Excel and basic statistical analysis
Bioinformatics capabilities, programming (e.g. PERL, python) and database experience (SQL) are a plus
Skilled at writing clear plans, reports and SOPs
Experience with Design Control in a regulated environment
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
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.
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.
WHAT WE OFFER
Competitive Benefits. Healthy catered lunches, Premium snacks and beverages, Onsite gym with cardio and weight-training equipment, Game room with satellite TV, Onsite dry cleaning and alteration service with pick-up and delivery, Employee-organized sport leagues, Happy hours and BBQs, Generous Employee Referral program.
For more information, visit www.natera.com.
Natera is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.