Staff Scientist

San Diego - Headquarters Biochemistry Full-time
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Element Biosciences is a multi-disciplinary startup focused on innovating genetic analysis tools for the research and clinical markets. The Company's technology will broaden the end-user experience through improved data quality and simplified workflows to benefit discoveries and diagnoses in healthcare.

We are looking for a Staff Scientist, Sequencing Biochemistry Development to help lead the development of Element’s proprietary Avidity Chemistry that powers the AVITI platform. You will be responsible for high-impact research and development of surface-based biochemistry to improve sequencing performance. 


  • Develop assays to characterize and improve reagent compositions, performance, and stability using Element’s AVITI platform and surrogate assays and platforms (plate readers, fluorescent microscopes, Capillary electrophoresis, HPLC, ect….)
  • Demonstrate technical leadership with curiosity, passion, and drive to develop products and solutions that change the world of biotechnology
  • Lead a team of Scientists and Associates to develop biochemistry reagents that deliver improvements to NGS performance
  • Design, execute, and analyze experiments independently and with others
  • Provide technical knowledge and directional guidance to junior members of the team
  • Build cross-functional relationships through effective communication with technical leaders across the organization to effectively solve multi-disciplinary challenges


  • Strong technical background in biochemistry and chemistry that includes experience with polymerases and modifying DNA, incorporation and chemical reactions of modified nucleotide substrates, and optimizing reaction conditions
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross functionally to deliver biochemistry solutions leading to product commercialization
  • Proven track record of innovation through intellectual property
  • PhD in biochemistry or related field with 5+ years of biotechnology industry experience
  • Well rounded expertise in surface-based biochemistry, polymerase-DNA interactions, NGS technologies, and data analysis including fluorescent signals generated on surfaces