Staff Scientist / Principal Scientist

Nucleic Acid Sequencing and Assay Development

The successful candidate will play a significant role in the company’s sequencing chemistry and biochemistry efforts. He or she will work directly with surface chemists, data analysts and SW developers to support development of a high-throughput, low-cost sequencing platform.  Position seniority commensurate with candidate experience.

Primary R&D activities and responsibilities include:

  • Designs, plans and executes sequencing development and optimization experiments.
  • Develops a strategy for integration with sequencing substrate
  • Supports the surface chemistry and hardware teams to improve system performance.
  • Works closely with the data anlaysis team to specify and create reports to monitor system performance and set criteria for system optimization.
  • Build, supervise and mentor a biochemistry team as the company grows.
  • Act as a liason with the software development team to specify instrument control UI and functionality.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Graduate degree in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology or equivalent, Ph.D. degree preferred.
  • 8+ years of experience in research and product development, preferably in the context of NGS.
  • Expert knowledge and extensive experience with assay and process development and optimization.
  • System orientation and mindset essential.
  • Familiarity and comfort with the fast-paced startup environment and culture.

About Apton Biosystems

Apton Biosystems Inc. is based in Pleasanton, CA.  The company was started in 2012 with the goal of revolutionizing the way cellular processes and pathways are characterized. We are developing an ultra-low-cost and high-throughput sequencing platform based on our 4-color single molecule detection system.  This system was developed for the detection and quantification of multiple analytes (DNA, RNA and Proteins) on the same platform and uses proprietary optical and authentication technologies to push the limits of molecular detection and quantification.