Research Associate—Molecular Engineering

WHO WE ARE

Stratos Genomics is a dynamic biotech startup company developing a novel DNA sequencing technology.  As a successful startup company in a competitive technology space, the work culture at Stratos Genomics is energetic and hard working.  Our lab consists of accomplished and driven scientists, engineers, and researchers from various scientific disciplines.  This interdisciplinary environment provides tremendous opportunity for learning and growth but is only for those passionate about the pursuit of scientific discovery.  Our team has a strong commitment to achieving the company goals and we are looking for people to help us accomplish them.  You can learn more about us and our technology by browsing our website, stratosgenomics.com.

POSITION SUMMARY

We are seeking motivated Scientists and Research Associates to join our team.  Candidates will be involved in synthesizing our unique building blocks for our novel DNA sequencing technology, Sequencing by Expansion, developing and optimizing synthesis protocols as well as proposing and executing innovative experiments to push our technology forward.  This position requires an availability to work between the hours of 8am to 7pm with extended work hours when necessary.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • PhD, MS, BS or BA in chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field.

  • Minimum of 1-2 years laboratory experience with preference to experience with complex DNA/RNA oligo-synthesis, advanced nucleotide chemistry and process development/management.

  • Ideal candidates will have:  

    • Demonstrated ability to understand and develop chemistry for:

      • Nucleotides

      • Phosphoramidites

      • Heterocycles

      • Amino Acids

    • Mature understanding of how to work with chemical and biochemical samples, including sample handling, reactivity, purification and storage.

    • Technical background in next-generation DNA sequencing, Molecular Engineering, biomolecule conjugation, and/or laboratory automation.

    • Experience with HPLC, MS, NMR, automated DNA synthesizers, inert atmosphere chambers, and manual pipetting.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Plan and execute complex projects including; communicating schedule, identifying necessary resources, implementing steps, and keeping projects on track.

  • Design and execute well-controlled experiments.

  • Perform data analysis and protocol development.

  • Identify problems and propose solutions.

  • Maintain detailed and reliable laboratory records.

  • Maintain the lab’s cleanliness and organization.

  • Adhere to Stratos’s policies and support management decisions and goals in a positive, professional manner.

PROFICIENCIES

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Solid computer skills.

  • Very good organization skills and attention to detail.

  • Strong analytical ability.

  • A keen ability to listen to directions and execute them accurately.

  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups at all organization levels.

Compensation: Scientists/Research Associates enjoy a competitive salary with the opportunity for growth that only a burgeoning start-up can provide. Stratos Genomics employees also enjoy these benefits: 2 weeks PTO + 10 company holidays and up to 6 bonus days based on company performance, generous health insurance including vision and dental, life and disability insurance, 401K match options, flexible spending accounts, stock options, and a gym membership.

To apply: send resume and a cover letter specifically addressing this opportunity in PDF format to careers@stratosgenomics.com. In the cover letter, please be sure to explain how you will meet the above requirements as well as address the following: the technology that Stratos Genomics is developing, why you want to work here, and how you would contribute. Qualified applicants that do this the best will be the ones that are contacted.

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