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Research Associate, Molecular Biology

Job Functions:
Product, Operations
Employment Types:
San Carlos, CA, USA
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Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking a talented and passionate Research Associate to join our growing R&D team. As a part of our molecular biology team, you will play an important role in the development and execution of novel molecular biology workflows for gene synthesis.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and self-driven candidate to join a uniquely innovative, rapidly moving, high impact start-up.  In addition to working on cutting edge technology, you will help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers.

Essential Responsibilities: ● Independently execute and troubleshoot molecular biology projects to support the gene synthesis team. ● Carry out experiments and gather data in a systematic manner with good laboratory practices. ● Prepare and clearly communicate experimental methodology and data summaries. ● Propose and implement optimization and improvements for benchtop workflows. ● Develop analytical methods for QC of molecular biology protocol steps. ● Support writing of standard operating procedures and technical product documentation. Essential

Candidate Profile:

● BA or MS biology or a related field with 1+ years of R&D experience. ● Previous experience in molecular biology techniques such as PCR and gel electrophoresis. ● Experience with DNA handling, quantification and purification. ● Proficiency in data recording and analysis using Excel, R, Python etc. ● Demonstrated eagerness to enhance one’s scientific skills and knowledge by seeking deep understanding of biological processes. ● Excellent written and oral communication skills. ● Strong track record of working in a highly collaborative environment on multidisciplinary projects.

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

● Extensive hands-on experience with PCR and troubleshooting endpoint and qPCR-based assays. ● Previous experience with NGS workflows and library preparation. ● Experience in design of experiments and statistical data analysis. ● Experience with liquid handling systems.

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