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Sr. Design Transfer Scientist



San Carlos, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, April 15, 2024


The Senior Design Transfer Scientist will be responsible for facilitating the transition of products from Development to Operations. The Sr. Scientist will plan, execute, implement, and document all design transfer activities for an IVD/PMA assay under design control, for next generation sequencing (NGS) assays. The successful candidate will work within the R&D and collaborate cross-functionally with members of operations, bio-development, bioinformatics, quality, regulatory affairs, and clinical affairs. The Sr. Scientist is expected to divide time between working in the lab and at the desk and providing training and guidance to junior team members in their creation of design transfer documentation and execution of NGS experiments to support in vitro diagnostic (IVD) design transfer. The candidate will maintain a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories. This role will also support regulatory IVD and PMA submissions from design transfer perspective. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, flexible team member who learns quickly, enjoys multi-tasking and most importantly, has an interest in our company and our products.


  • Conduct risk assessments (FMEA) to identify gaps in the process and come up with a strategy to make it compliant with IVD standards.
  • Design and develop manufacturing, QC and commercial operations processes.
  • Plan and executes laboratory research in relation to manufacturing scale up and improving process capability.
  • Assure experimental quality through sound experimental design; utilizes DOE, Cpk analysis, Gage R&R and assists in the design of experiments for others.
  • Plan and conduct stability studies with assistance from junior team members.
  • Lead cross functional efforts in establishing supply chain for raw materials and consumables and propose improvements.
  • Attend core team meetings, serve as a voice of operations and liaison between R&D and Operations.
  • Lead test method developments and characterizations.
  • Conduct studies to generate specifications.
  • Set process and test method specifications based on statistical analysis.
  • Lead test method validations and process validations.
  • Set up product structures (BOMs), write SOPs, manufacturing and QC documents etc.
  • Write various protocols and reports.
  • Significant role in PMA submission, audit prep and qualification of suppliers and manufacturing processes.
  • Present status update, data and proposals in various forums to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • May lead more junior members of the team.


  • Bachelor's degree plus 10 years of relevant experience OR a Master's degree with 7 years of experience OR PhD with 4 years of experience required.
  • Strong scientific background in molecular and cell biology, Biotechnology, or Biochemistry.


  • Extensive knowledge of design control.
  • Experience working to policies; procedures and international quality standards or in a highly regulated industry.
  • Knowledge of quality and regulatory standards and requirements (ISO, CLSI, FDA) is a must.
  • Ability to follow and establish SOPs and in-depth knowledge of GLP/GMP guidelines.
  • Experience authoring study plans, protocols and study reports is highly desired.
  • Adept with Excel and basic statistical analysis.
  • Hands on experience with statistical tools such as Minitab or JMP.
  • Supervise junior scientists and team members in their experimental execution and technical documentation.
  • Experience with nucleic acid technologies relating to NGS, PCR, qPCR and multiplex PCR.
  • Hands-on experience with NGS and DNA/RNA molecular biology is preferred.
  • IVD product development experience is a plus.
  • Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

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.
San Carlos, CA
$131,000$163,800 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!

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.

If you are based in California, we encourage you to read this important information for California residents.

Link: https://www.natera.com/notice-of-data-collection-california-residents/

Please be advised that Natera will reach out to candidates with a @natera.com email domain ONLY. Email communications from all other domain names are not from Natera or its employees and are fraudulent. Natera does not request interviews via text messages and does not ask for personal information until a candidate has engaged with the company and has spoken to a recruiter and the hiring team. Natera takes cyber crimes seriously, and will collaborate with law enforcement authorities to prosecute any related cyber crimes.

For more information:
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