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Research Associate - Histotechnology at Strateos

San Francisco, CA, US

We Are


Strateos is a robotic cloud lab with the goal of transforming biology and chemistry into information sciences. We leverage data, computation, and high throughput robotics to enable new approaches in many areas of molecular biology and chemical synthesis. Our platform enables on-demand life science research by integrating laboratory processes, instruments, and IoT technologies into a single user interface.


The San Francisco-based Tissue Technology team develops robotics to automate the handling and analysis of biological tissue.


We Want


We are looking for an experienced Research Associate - Histologist to join our San Francisco-based team. You will work with design engineers, laboratory scientists, and software developers to build new technology that wows customers in medicine and drug discovery.  You will be our knowledge leader on all matters of histotechnology and tissue-related techniques, performing hands-on laboratory work and eventually helping engineers automate it.  For this reason, it is essential to be able to communicate across disciplinary boundaries and work with tools that are still in development. 


  • Work within a cross-disciplinary automation team, understand their problems, and be accountable to them for your results.
  • Develop, optimize, and carry out protocols to prepare and stain tissue
  • Assist in tissue procurement from in vivo sources
  • Set up and execute microscope imaging jobs on diverse imaging platforms
  • Adapt tissue samples into workflows that use Strateos automation assets, including liquid handling, microscopy, and data systems.  Collaborate with Strateos engineers to troubleshoot and improve these.
  • Schedule complicated experiments and precisely document their results to a cross-disciplinary team


You Have


  • A four-year degree in biology or a related field 
  • At least three years’ laboratory experience involving preparation and analysis of tissue specimens
  • Fluency in histological techniques.  Specific experience in writing and executing immunohistochemistry staining optimization experiments.
  • Experience operating microscopes and working with digital microscope images
  • Knowledge of downstream molecular analysis techniques e.g. ISH, PCR, and sequencing
  • Interest in collaboratively creating new techniques that substantially improve on standard workflows


You Want

  • To work on a small, nimble, interdisciplinary team with excellent communication and cooperation. 
  • A job with an explicit commitment to work-life balance. We want you to focus and be enthusiastic about your work, but we know that rest and turning off is essential to achieving that.
  • A workplace that takes safety seriously, all the time but especially with regard to Covid-19.
  • Competitive salary and meaningful equity
  • Flexible vacation and sick leave policy
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Pre-tax childcare benefits
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Monthly gym stipend
  • Lunch, dinner & unlimited snacks when in office
  • Professional development budget
  • 401k matching