Research Associate/Associate Scientist, Sequencing Biochemistry R&D

Full Time R&D - Reagent and Assay Development 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 diagnosis in healthcare. The Reagent Research and Development group is seeking a RA/ Associate Scientist to assist in the exploration of new biochemistry and methods for genomic technology. Ideal candidates will carry out various assays to provide a better understanding or our reagents and to improve data quality and customer experience. Candidates are expected to be eager to learn and familiar with common laboratory techniques. With mentoring, the candidate will be able to develop and optimize methods/techniques for testing and the evaluation of formulations used on our instruments.  


  • Prepare reagents, execute established surrogate assays, and carry out runs on our instruments
  • Perform data analysis and give occasional presentations
  • Communicate experimental issues and troubleshoot (with help if needed)
  • In time, assist in the development of new assays
  • Keep detailed record of all laboratory activities in an organized fashion
  • Works closely with lead scientist to reach team and company objectives

Education and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor of Science and Master of Science with 2+ years experience as an individual contributor in a research laboratory (an equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered)

Desired Skills

  • Basic mathematical/statistical skills and general knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and molecular biology
  • Significant research experience in the study of biomolecules and their interactions/reactions and an thorough understanding of their work (publications are a plus)
  • Effective problem-solving skill to surmount basic problems encountered in the laboratory
  • Self-awareness and attention to detail
  • Curiosity and drive to produce high-quality work without rushing
  • Is able to work effectively on their own and in a team context
  • Ability to communicate results clearly to peers and management through conversation and PowerPoint presentations
  • Experience running complex laboratory equipment (e.g., microscopes, sequencers, flow cytometers, etc.)
  • Familiarity with NGS and its common applications is a plus
  • Advanced statistical analysis particularly the use of statistical software tools is a plus (JMP, R, Matlab)

We are passionate about our mission to develop high performing products to study genomics in an unprecedented flexibility and to understand biology for the improvement of healthcare. We have built a highly efficient product-driven organization where employees can learn, grow and thrive in a challenging but encouraging environment.  We are committed to scientific integrity, collegiality, honesty, objectivity, and openness.   We offer excellent benefits, which include a 401K plan, competitive health benefits, flexible vacation, and equity incentives.  We foster an environment such that all people are afforded the freedom to pursue their passions without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.