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Associate Director, R&D



San Carlos, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024
The Associate Director of Research is a technical lead who manages research and development activities for new products and product improvements in NGS-based non-invasive diagnostic tests. The associate director actively collaborates with cross-functional teams and provides technical expertise to drive product performance and innovation. The associate director investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products, and problems.

  • Technical lead and representative of the research team in cross-functional meetings
  • Drives product and process enhancements with innovative solutions
  • Makes fundamental scientific contributions toward producing robust products
  • Communicates with colleagues and R&D management to drive strategic decisions
  • Is experienced in managing technical teams
  • Performs data analysis with advanced analytical and statistical tools (JMP, Excel, R)
  • Supervises the activities of direct reports or team members at the junior level
  • Manages planning and execution of research studies in collaboration with statistics and bioinformatics teams
  • PhD in molecular biology or related field
  • 6-8 years of post PhD biotech industry experience
  • Prior experience in NGS required
  • Expertise in cell-free DNA, PCR, Hybrid Capture, and other advanced molecular biology technologies strongly preferred
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
$168,900$211,100 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