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Lead Data Scientist, Oncology Bioinformatics



Data Science
Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2023


The Lead Data Scientist is a member of the Bioinformatics group. Participates in the design and prototyping of cutting-edge algorithms for analysis of genetic data. Perform data analysis, contributes to our intellectual property portfolio, and interacts closely with our molecular biology team to guide and analyze experiments.


  • Independently lead the development and optimization efforts within the Oncology Bioinformatics group for design of high-throughput assays built on next generation sequencing platforms.
  • Move products through the full development process, from research through commercial launch.
  • Drive rigorous data analysis effort and support group efforts toward high quality documentation.
  • Leverage accurate probability models to build the next round of algorithms and products.
  • Help develop and guide molecular biology experiments.
  • Contribute to our intellectual property portfolio.



  • Ph.D. in applied math, statistics, engineering, or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years of post-PhD industry experience.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in data analysis using software such as Python, MATLAB or R. Could be replaced by extensive experience in a procedural language such as C++.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with next-generation sequencing technology and assay development.
  • Foundation in probability theory and estimation/classification methods.
  • Proven ability to apply mathematical principles to solve real estimation problems and implement practical solutions.
  • Experience with a database query language such as SQL.
  • Excellent communication skills and the desire to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment
  • Employee must pass post offer criminal background check.

Desirable, but not required:

  • Understanding of CLIA standards and FDA testing guidelines is a plus.



The pay range is listed and actual compensation packages are based on a wide array of factors unique to each candidate, including but not limited to skill set, years & depth of experience, certifications and specific office location. This may differ in other locations due to cost of labor considerations.
$139,000$208,400 USD


Natera™ is a global leader in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing, dedicated to oncology, women’s health, and organ health. Our aim is to make personalized genetic testing and diagnostics part of the standard of care to protect health and enable earlier and more targeted interventions that lead to longer, healthier lives.

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.


Competitive Benefits - Employee benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life and disability plans for eligible employees and their dependents. Additionally, Natera employees and their immediate families receive free testing in addition to fertility care benefits. Other benefits include pregnancy and baby bonding leave, 401k benefits, commuter benefits and much more. We also offer a generous employee referral program!

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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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