Automation Scientist


Redwood City, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences QA/QC
  • Post Date: 04/28/2021
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  • Company Address: 975 Island Drive, Suite 101, Redwood City, CA, 94065

About Karius

Karius provides genomic insights for infectious diseases to enable clinicians to make critical treatment decisions.

Job Description

About Karius
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup that is transforming the way pathogens and other microbes are observed throughout the body.  By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, providing industry partners with access to 1000’s of biomarkers to accelerate clinical trials, discovering new microbes, and reducing patient suffering worldwide.

Why Should You Join?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The company’s platform is already delivering unprecedented insights into the microbial landscape, providing clinicians with a comprehensive test capable of identifying more than a thousand pathogens directly from blood, and helping industry accelerate the development of therapeutic solutions. The Karius test we provide today is one of the most advanced solutions available to physicians who aim to deliver better care to many otherwise ineffectively treated patients. Our test is the result of some incredible work done by our scientists, statisticians, engineers, and physicians, all driven by the same mission. You, as part of the Karius team, will be able to see how directly your work has a life-changing impact on people, and at scale.

Position Summary
As an Automation Scientist you will work alongside scientific leaders in NGS-based infectious disease diagnostics providing meaningful contributions to making an impact in the lives of patients while contributing to the company’s growth and development. You will be responsible for maintaining and supporting process excellence for a state-of-the art NGS infectious disease diagnostic assay. You will be also involved with several exciting research projects and be at the forefront of non-invasive diagnostics working alongside our scientists to develop new automated processes. The ideal candidate should have experience working with Hamilton automated liquid handlers in a regulated environment.

Reports to: Director, Research 

Location: Redwood City, CA

Responsibilities Include
- Conduct manufacturing and experimental processes according to established SOPs. 
- Support of the automated CLIA diagnostic processes. 
- In collaboration with research scientists, develop new automated workflows using sophisticated laboratory instrumentation.
- Execute experiments of moderate to high complexity under the guidance of scientists.
- Assist with the planning follow-up to experiments. 
- Will be responsible for detailed recording, organization and evaluation of the experimental data, and capable of data analysis using basic statistical methods.
- Help prepare presentations and occasionally present experimental data.
- Execute standardized protocols and troubleshoot when needed.
- Work comfortably in a fast-paced, collaborative, startup environment.
- May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Travel: No travel required.

Physical Requirements
Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. 

Position Requirements
- Master’s degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or related field.
- A minimum of 1-3 years of industry related laboratory experience.
- Critical thinking, attention to detail, good presentation skills, and thorough record-keeping.
- Experience scripting Hamilton STAR automated liquid handlers.
- Experience with equipment used for PCR, next generation sequencing, and purification.
- Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Excel and Word.

Preferred Requirements
- Experience with molecular biology process, e.g. DNA/RNA purification.
- Experience with NGS library processes and data processing.

Personal Requirements
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with team members.
- Highly goal-driven and have demonstrated the ability to effectively prioritize and focus on time-sensitive objectives.
- Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
- Excellent teamwork and motivation skills are essential.- Excellent organizational, record-keeping and communication (verbal and written) skills.
- Strong work ethic to generate high quality work under tight deadlines.

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.