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R&D Scientist Next Generation Sequencing and Lab Automation

Job Location
11011 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
United States
Job Description

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As a Research and Development Scientist in the Diagnostics and Genomics Group, you will participate in the development of ground breaking library prep and target enrichment solutions for Next Generation Sequencing with a focus on lab automation. You will work with a multi-functional team to develop new products and instrumentation with applications for cancer research and diagnostics. In this key role you will use your molecular biology expertise and technical knowledge to design, plan, optimize, and automate NGS target enrichment and analysis workflows. Laboratory expertise should include Next Generation Sequencing and analysis and hands-on molecular biology, and/or biochemistry. The ability to work with hardware and software engineers, large datasets, and perform bioinformatic analysis is beneficial.

Job responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Initiate experimental design, verification and validation, QC development, and critical analysis of data, in coordination with Agilent bioinformatics and engineering team, using the Product Life Cycle process
  • Ensure application of appropriate design controls, documentation, and regulatory requirements in the development of products as advised by Quality/Regulatory Assurance
  • Communicate effectively with members of the product team across all functions, including the status of R&D activities as vital to meet timelines and works with R&D staff to transfer results into Agilent products
  • Take part in developing the scientific strategy for future products, including screening the literature for appropriate novel methods that can be demonstrated
  • In collaboration with marketing, define specifications for new products, taking into account the latest scientific innovations and customer needs in this field
  • Provide recommendations to the product team by attending relevant scientific conferences to learn what is new and cutting edge
  • Lead the generation of white papers, application notes, or patent applications related to existing and new products
  • Succeed with a minimum level of mentorship, while successfully multitasking among several competing initiatives
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or a related field with 2-3 years of relevant lab experience or MS degree with 4+ years of professional work experience with 2+ years specific experience in NGS library prep, target enrichment, and automation
  • Experience in cancer research is a plus
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a diverse team
  • Proficiency in molecular biology techniques and specifically in the field of NGS automation and assay development
  • Strong data analysis knowledge/skills
  • Product development experience according to standard design control processes is a plus
  • Excellence in technical writing and verbal communication
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with individuals at all levels in the organization across various functions (research, development, manufacturing, quality control, marketing) and locations
  • Experience with bioinformatics, DOE and IVD is desirable
  • Occasional travel may be required

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