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Sequencing Platform Engineer
Ref No.: 18-42983
Location: Santa Clara, California
Position Type:Contract
Skill Type
Skill Type:Information Technology
Our client is a nanopore based sequencing group, a highly specialized business unit of a Fortune 500 global company, dedicated to making clinical genetic testing easy and affordable. We are developing a revolutionary, low cost single-molecule DNA sequencer that can potentially improve the lives of people in a wide variety of ways including timely screening for diseases and diagnosis of various cancers.

Nesco is looking for a motivated and team-oriented individual who is passionate about revolutionary sequencing technology. The successful candidate will become an expert on the theory and analysis of the data from the new Sequencing platform and help take the machine from an advanced proof of concept to an operational laboratory instrument. Drawing on experience in biochemistry, chemistry and/or materials science, the Engineer will design and implement experiments on the Roche sequencer and will help develop and analyze biochip surfaces, interfaces, and processes. Using analysis programs, the candidate will manipulate and present experimental results to answer various questions related to the robustness of the consumable devices and the system. The candidate will help create new operating processes and sample assays to make economical sequencing a reality. The candidate must be self-motivated and able to work well in a team.

Responsibilities:
  • Accurately and consistently record experimental method, materials, and results for consumable device QC tasks
  • Become an expert on the operation of the High Throughput Sequencing Platform
  • Characterize assays and analyze results of instrument operation with various sample preparations and under various operating parameters
  • Be a key contributor to the creation of instrument operating protocols
  • Help define and perform assay development in a fast-paced environment
  • Debug instrumentation mechanical and software issues to create a robust platform
  • Assist lab personnel by customizing analysis scripts to understand system performance
  • Optimize instrument performance for quick set-up, high throughput, and high speed sequencing results
  • Good understanding of statistical methods
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

You're someone who wants to influence your own development. You're looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and disciplines. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

Education
  • B.S./M.S. in computer science, electrical engineering, statistics, or a related discipline with a background in molecular biology, biology, or biochemistry OR
  • B.S./M.S. in a biology or materials discipline with the ability to perform statistical analysis of data with programs such as JMP, Matlab, R. Familiarity with computer programming in languages such as or Python is a plus.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent written and electronic record keeping skills
  • Understanding of DNA manipulation techniques and sequencing methodologies
  • Familiarity with the Linux or Unix operating systems a plus
  • Strong oral and written communication skills