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South San Francisco, CA

Development Scientist

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Position description

We run one of the largest genome centers in the country and with that comes the necessity to maintain the quality of our testing. This development scientist role is part of our Translational Development team and is responsible for developing and transferring technologies from R&D to our CLIA laboratory. The role requires a wide breadth of knowledge in wet and dry bench skills and a eagerness to collaborate across multiple disciplines at Counsyl.

Multiple positions available.

What you'll do

  • Experimental design: carefully design experiments to ensure a smooth development process
  • Process characterization and guardbanding: determine how close a prototype matches a specified end product through careful evaluation of its methods and ensure that it can operate with in tolerances suitable for a clinical lab
  • Automated Method Development: work with an interdisciplinary team to convert manual methods to efficient automated methods
  • Data Analysis: work with large genomic data sets
  • Verification: determine if our new methods and products meet our designed specifications
  • Validation: determine the analytical validity of any new changes to our methods or products.
  • Monitoring: monitor the performance of newly released products and methods to ensure that we have delivered according to plan
  • Data Analysis: present clear analysis on large data sets
  • Process Optimization: develop new assay chemistries with the goal of minimizing cost and turnaround time while maintaining accuracy
  • Given a problem with an unknown etiology, you will work with one or more teams to identify possible causes and risks, test the possibilities, and make the specifications to implement any of the necessary improvements.

About you

  • You have a PhD in Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering (or similar field), and/or significant independent bench experience as demonstrated by publications or prior employment
  • You are familiar with next-gen sequencing protocols and operation of Illumina or Ion Torrent instruments, preferred
  • You have advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and theories within your main discipline and you’ve developed some knowledge of processes outside current discipline.  
  • You’re able to collaborate and coordinate effectively with at least 1-2 functions outside of R&D (i.e. automation, software engineering, etc.)
  • Programming experience and/or training in statistics is highly preferred
  • A strong desire to build extraordinary products.

About Counsyl

Counsyl is a health technology company that offers DNA screening for diseases that can impact men, women and their children. The Counsyl philosophy is simple: screen for diseases where advanced knowledge makes a difference in health outcomes, whether it’s changing a behavior, pursuing preventative measures, or simply preparing for what lies ahead.

The Counsyl team includes an accomplished group of problem-solvers — top engineers, scientists, and designers — who are taking the lead on building the modern clinical laboratory. Scientific rigor, custom robotics, and software are at the heart of every Counsyl product, resulting in better, faster and more affordable screens that are broadly accessible. Beyond the laboratory, Counsyl offers doctors and patients a technology platform for results delivery in real time, with on-demand access to board-certified genetic counselors.

Counsyl has screened more than 750,000 patients and served more than 10,000 health care professionals in its CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited and NYS CLEP-permitted clinical laboratory. The company has raised a total of $102 million and is privately backed by Pilot Growth Equity, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, David Drummond, and other high profile investors.

Interview process

Counsyl is driven by some of the brightest people in the industry. Our interview process is geared to ensure that we continue to hire the very best. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.

Our interview process is composed of practical and situational interviews in a series of settings spanning Skype, practical exams, and in-person meetings. Our goal is to gauge both your ability to succeed in the first 90 days as well as your capacity to scale with us as we grow.

Why Counsyl?

Throughout it all, we are looking to understand why you are driven to be a part of our company. Specifically, we want to know how you identify with our mission and will contribute to our team.

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Counsyl has renamed its products effective July 19, 2017. The Family Prep Screen is now the Foresight Carrier Screen. The Informed Pregnancy Screen is now the Prelude Prenatal Screen. The Inherited Cancer Screen is now the Reliant Cancer Screen.

The new names now appear on all communications from Counsyl. If you have any questions, please contact Counsyl directly.

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