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Scientist, Assay Development at Synthego
Redwood City, CA, US
Synthego is looking for an experienced Assay Development Scientist to join our functional biology team. In this role, you will work cross-functionally within Synthego’s Research group to support and coordinate assay development and its transfer to automation. A key component of the position will be to provide regular, high-quality assay results to other team members, troubleshoot, and develop approaches to optimize experimental procedures.

What You'll Do

    • Utilize both biological assay as well as lab automation experience in translating high-throughput workflows, biochemical and cell-based assays, from benchtop execution to full automation
    • Be responsible for documenting SOPs
    • Conduct regular data reporting
    • Serve as the subject matter expert on assay development and optimization

About You

    • B.S. or M.S. in a biological science discipline.
    • At least four years of relevant experience in biopharma R&D. 
    • Strong tissue culture experience in primary and transformed cell lines
    • Experience in performing cell-based and biochemical/immunochemical assays is required (ELISAs)
    • Experience designing, planning and establishing new assays
    • General molecular biology skills (DNA/RNA isolation and analysis, PCR/Q-PCR).
    • Experience with primary cell culture models desirable; Flow cytometry preferred.
    • Proficient in assay development, characterization, validation, debugging and optimization
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to independently translate a high-level goal into action with minimal guidance
    • Comfortable in a fast-paced and autonomous environment
    • Strong attention to detail

Nice to Haves

    • Hands-on experience with transferring assays onto automation and between sites
    • Familiar with programming benchtop automation devices such as Tecan and Hamilton liquid handlers
    • CRISPR experience

Company Benefits & Perks

    • Competitive salary
    • Generous equity at an early stage company
    • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
    • 401k Plan
    • Fully stocked kitchen and snacks
    • Free catered lunches and dinners 
    • 4x daily Shuttle bus to & from San Francisco
Synthego’s vision is to turn biology into an information science, with the ultimate goal of dramatically extending the healthy human lifespan.
Synthego builds advanced bioinformatics and automated hardware platforms to create next-generation molecular biology tools, starting with full-stack genome engineering.
These world-class tools accelerate basic scientific discovery, critical disease cures and novel synthetic biology applications to improve and prolong life.