Research Associate, ECLIPSE Development (NGS)


Redwood City, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Post Date: 02/18/2021
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  • Company Address: 3565 Haven Ave, Suite 1, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, US

About Synthego

Synthego is turning molecular biology into an information science. We're building hardware facilities that abstract biological syntheses and research into software.

Our vision is to bring automation to genome engineering, enabling scientists to run their own fully-automated laboratory at low cost, performing millions of controlled, repeatable experiments per day without human error.

Founded by former SpaceX engineers, Synthego is a leading provider of genome engineering solutions. The company’s flagship product, CRISPRevolution, is a portfolio of synthetic RNA designed for CRISPR genome editing and research.

We are venture backed by Founders Fund, Menlo Ventures, 8VC, Intel Capital.

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Job Description

We are seeking for a talented and highly motivated individual with molecular and cellular biology experience to join our Engineered cell development team. The successful candidate will work within a  cross-functional team of Scientists, Software Engineers and automation experts  focused on building NGS platforms and will be responsible for conducting internal NGS operations.  

What You'll Do

    • Work closely with scientists to design and execute experiments and maintain detailed and organized lab records on all projects 
    • Responsible for sample preparation, Illumina miseq operation/ maintenance, sequence data QC and analysis.
    • Develop detailed protocols to test and optimize current process
    • Collaborate with Automation/Software engineers to support automation method validation and optimization on NGS

About You

    • BS/MS degree with 2+ years experience in one of the following disciplines: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Bioengineering or a related field
    • Strong troubleshooting and optimization experience with NGS platforms, specifically Illumina MiSeq
    • Previous experience with Illumina’s sample prep and miseq devices operation
    • Molecular biology skills including gDNA and RNA isolation, PCR and molecular cloning skills
    • Willing to learn and develop new techniques and technologies.
    • Ability to take ideas from theory to practice.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and a proactive attitude.
    • Outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential.
    • Attention to detail and enthusiasm for implementing basic science knowledge.

Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience with operating other Illumina NGS devices
    • Knowledge of NGS secondary analysis techniques 
    • Experience in culturing mammalian cell lines 
    • Experience in using Automation robotics and high-throughput process
    • Experience using CRISPR or related gene-editing technologies in a variety of cell types.

Company Perks & Benefits

    • 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
    • Onsite Gym
    • Daily Shuttle bus to & from San Francisco
About Us
Synthego is a genome engineering company that enables the acceleration of life science research and development in the pursuit of improved human health.
The company leverages machine learning, automation, and gene editing to build platforms for science at scale. With its foundations in engineering disciplines, the company’s platforms vertically integrate proprietary hardware, software, bioinformatics, chemistries, and molecular biology to advance basic research, target validation, and clinical trials.
By providing both commercial and academic researchers and therapeutic developers with unprecedented access to cutting-edge genome engineering, Synthego is at the forefront of innovation, accelerating the development of truly engineered biology.

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