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Scientific Manager, R&D

Company: Natera
Location: Austin
Posted on: November 11, 2019

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:The Scientific Manager, R&D initiates, directs, and executes the activities of a scientific group responsible for product development and process improvements. Plans and conducts experiments, collaborates with others on assay and process development, and tech transfer to our commercial laboratory.? Typically collaborates with other cross functional group managers to establish project goals and strategies.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Leads projects to develop and support nucleic acid based diagnostic tests; including planning, feasibility testing, protocol development, optimization, verification, validation, and launch
  • Independently designs and oversees moderate to high complexity experiments
  • Coordinates the execution and analysis of effective experiments with statistics and bioinformatics teams
  • Performs basic data analysis (e.g. R, JMP, Excel)
  • Works with project managers to define clear goals and timeline deliverables
  • Interacts with on-site CLIA lab, Lab Directors, Automation, and Reagent groups
  • Communicates progress directly with colleagues and senior management
  • Manages small groups (1-3 people) of Scientists or Research Associates
  • Responsible for execution of R&D projects with extensive planning WRT time, resources, and budgetsQUALIFICATIONS:
    • Ph.D. in molecular biology or closely related field, or equivalent experience
    • Minimum of 10 years of industry experience
    • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing a groupKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
      • Familiarity with NGS based tests for NIPT, Carrier Screening, and Cancer Recurrence Monitoring.
      • Experience with nucleic acid technologies relating to PCR, qPCR, multiplex PCR, digital PCR, NGS and microarrays
      • Experience working with and supporting CLIA lab processes
      • Experience working with high throughput sample processing, comfortable using automated liquid handlers such as Hamilton Star or Tecan Fluents or similar
      • Demonstrated leadership in building and managing a development team to meet specific goals
      • Strong communication skills and ability to work effectively on a cross functional team
      • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and operational troubleshooting skills
      • Adept with Excel and basic statistical analysis
      • Skilled at writing clear plans, reports and SOPs
      • Experience with Design Control and in a regulated environment a plus
      • Bioinformatic capabilities, programming (e.g. PERL, python) and databases experience (SQL) are a plusPHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
        • Duties are typically performed in an office setting.
        • This position requires the ability to use a computer keyboard, communicate over the telephone and read printed material.
        • Duties may require working outside normal working hours (evenings and weekends) at times.
        • Travel required for this position:
        • No _ or Yes _X_ :? If yes state anticipated percent for travel: ?10-20% travel from Austin to San Carlos for trainingOUR OPPORTUNITY?Driven by the passion for elevating the science and utility of genetic testing, Natera is committed to helping families identify and manage genetic diseases. Natera is a rapidly-growing diagnostics company with proprietary bioinformatics and molecular technology for analyzing DNA. Our complex technology has been proven clinically and commercially in the prenatal testing space and we are actively researching its applications in the liquid biopsy space for developing products with oncology applications.The Natera team consists of highly dedicated statisticians, geneticists, doctors, laboratory scientists, business professionals, software engineers and many other professionals from world-class institutions, who care deeply for our work and each other. When you join Natera, you?ll work hard and grow quickly. Working alongside the elite of the industry, you?ll be stretched and challenged, and take pride in being part of a company that is changing the landscape of genetic disease management.?WHAT WE OFFERCompetitive Benefits. ?Healthy catered lunches, Premium snacks and beverages, Onsite gym with cardio and weight-training equipment, Game room with satellite TV, Onsite dry cleaning and alteration service with pick-up and delivery, Employee-organized sport leagues, Happy hours and BBQs, Generous Employee Referral program.?For more information, visit?www.natera.com.?Natera is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace environment, and welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. Inclusive collaboration benefits our employees, our community and our patients, and is critical to our mission of changing the management of disease worldwide.All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable laws.?

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