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Scientist, Genomics Assay Development

Volta Labs

Volta Labs

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2022
Volta Labs is an MIT spin-off that has unlocked powerful new DNA sequencing capabilities by developing novel fluidic technology. Building off of this core technology, Volta has created a product that streamlines DNA sequencing sample prep. Volta is at the forefront of a sequencing revolution, driving sequencing towards seamless ease of use and complete automation.
We are a product and data-driven company where employees are empowered to learn and thrive in a fast-paced, open, and collaborative environment. This is an exciting phase to join Volta; with commercialization imminent, our product has the potential to change the future of sequencing.
You'll join a team of innovative thinkers who aren't afraid to venture into new territories to build advanced automation systems. We are an incredibly supportive group that enjoys collaborating to overcome challenges and provide constructive feedback to help each other grow. We are passionate about pushing the boundaries of automation, biology, computing, robotics, design, and user experience to benefit our customers. As a core member of our team, you'll instill these values across the organization and play an integral role in helping grow the team. Join us if you want to make a meaningful impact on the future of technology while being part of a thoughtful, driven team.
As a Genomic Assay Development Scientist at Volta, you will be responsible for collaboratively designing, optimizing, and overseeing the development of genomic assays for our digital fluidic platform. Your expertise in next-generation sequencing and molecular biology will contribute to project management and product development. A PhD or MSc in a relevant field, along with hands-on experience in NGS platforms and a proactive, collaborative mindset, are essential qualifications for this role. Experience with instrument and platform development, as well as the ability to work with cross-functional teams, is highly valued.
- Design, develop, and optimize genomic assays for implementation on Volta's proprietary digital fluidic platform.
- Lead the development and optimization of assays such as library preparation Illumina, ONT and PacBio Sequencing.
- Contribute to the management of projects through feasibility, development, and validation.
- Act as the subject matter expert and continuously drive product development through internal and external collaborations.
- PhD or MSc in cellular and/or molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or a related discipline.
- 3+ years of relevant experience in an assay development environment.
- Demonstrated hands-on experience with next-generation sequencing, including platforms like Illumina, Oxford Nanopore or PacBio across diverse sample types (e.g. purified DNA, microbial, fresh and FFPE tissue material, blood, etc.).
- Experience with new instrument and platform development.
- Proficient in effective collaboration within a dynamic team environment, adeptness at adjusting to shifting priorities, and ability to readily offering solutions.
- Embraces a growth mindset as a continuous learner.
- Fluent in team coordination and communication, including the ability to synthesize and relay technical information to both specialists and non-specialists.
*If your work is not in NGS but in a related peripheral field, please apply. Examples include synthetic biology, cell and gene therapy, protein sequencing or general experience in biochemistry optimization. Expertise in at least one domain is required.
This is a full-time position that requires a significant amount of in-person work and collaboration. We ask that you can come onsite to our Seaport Office in Boston, MA 5 days a week.
Our Benefits and Perks:
Robust Equity Program, to build future wealth through stock options with high growth potential
Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage, including Medical, Dental, & Vision
HSA, FSA, and Sponsored Commuter Benefit Plans
Access to Our 401K Plan, to save for your future
12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave, which can be taken over 12 months
Unlimited Paid Time Off, because we understand the importance of time off for rest and adventure
10 Paid Federal Holidays
Twice Weekly On-site Lunches, variety snacks, beverages, & treats
Weekly Paid Coffee Date with Colleague
Monthly Team Happy Hours
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and we actively seek out and value diverse perspectives. Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply. Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!