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Scientist, R&D



San Carlos, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2024


The Scientist, R&D initiates, directs and executes all pre-clinical scientific research and/or development strategies in research and/or development. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems. Plans and executes laboratory research. Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.


  • Independently designs and executes moderate to high complexity experiments
  • Contributes substantially and intellectually to research or development
  • Develops plans, makes some decisions, and carries out wet labwork
  • Solves problems and advances new ideas independently
  • Easily understands and evaluates high complexity data
  • Responsible for moderate sizes projects and associated timelines and deliverables
  • Assisting projects to create and develop novel nucleic acid based diagnostic tests, including planning, feasibility testing, protocol development, optimization, verification, validation, and launch
  • Working with partners and outside collaborations
  • Interacting with on-site CLIA lab, Sequencing and process development group
  • Designing and coordinating the execution of effective experiments and work with statistics and bioinformatics team
  • Perform basic data analysis (R, JMP, Excel)
  • Documenting research progress under a Quality Management System
  • Communicating progress directly with colleagues and senior management


  • Master’s in molecular biology, closely a related field, or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4-6 years of industry experience


  • Track record of originating and developing novel nucleic acid techniques
  • Proven success in managing collaborative and individual projects, previous experience managing research associates a plus
  • Demonstrated success in applying independent scientific judgment in experimental design and analysis
  • Experience with nucleic acid technology relating to PCR, qPCR, multiplex PCR, and digital PCR
  • Experience with next generation sequencing, target enrichment experience is a plus
  • Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Adept with Excel, basic statistical analysis, programming (e.g. PERL, python) and databases experience (SQL) are a plus
  • Skills at writing clear plans, reports and SOPs, experience with Design Control a plusAble to aid with wet lab work and basic level of scientific leadership to junior staff
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
$108,800$135,950 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:
- BBB announcement on job scams
- FBI Cyber Crime resource page