Staff Materials Scientist

Twist Bioscience

Twist Bioscience

South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Staff Materials Scientist

We are looking for a materials scientist with a surface science, physics, or chemistry background to join the advanced development team. The ideal candidate will have experience working with biological assays on surfaces. The individual must have passion and drive to work and lead from the lab. The position will require independent planning, thinking, and execution which will lead to data-driven progress. The ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment is crucial to be successful in this role. Strong experimental skills, intuition, and excellent communication skills are required.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Developing novel surface chemistries for silicon devices and testing biological assays on them
  • Developing and building the novel test stands for the purpose of monitoring biochemical processes using fluorescent or electrical readouts
  • Developing immobilization strategies for biopolymers on silicon, metal oxide, and nobel metal surfaces
  • Developing chemistries for antifouling properties of proteins, nucleic acids, and other biological molecules of interest
  • Engaging with various BEOL foundries
  • Making precision measurements just above the noise floor
  • Working with a world-class multidisciplinary team of scientists, physicists and engineers

What You’ll Bring to the Team

  • PhD. in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, physics or related discipline
  • 10 years of industrial R&D experience is required
  • Experience in differential functionalization of materials and understanding factors that contribute to antifouling of biological molecules of interest as well as immobilization of large biopolymers
  • Ability to make precision electronic measurements in the nA range
  • Expertise with metrology tools and characterization techniques such as TEM, SEM, AFM, XPS, ToF-SIMS, FTIR, ellipsometry, contact angle goniometry, etc.
  • Familiarity with semiconductor fabrication processes
  • Ability to independently design experiments and interpret complex data sets
  • Fantastic work ethic with a can-do, no fear of trying new things and making mistakes attitude
  • Willingness and ability to fabricate prototype devices in university fabs
  • Analyzing complex experimental data using Python, Matlab, R, etc would be an asset

About Twist Bioscience

At Twist Bioscience, our expertise is accelerating science and innovation by leveraging the power of scale. We have developed a proprietary semiconductor-based synthetic DNA manufacturing process featuring a high throughput silicon platform capable of producing synthetic biology tools, including genes, oligonucleotide pools and variant libraries. Our platform overcomes the current inefficiencies of synthetic DNA production and enables cost-effective, rapid, high-quality, and high throughput synthetic gene production, which in turn, expedites the design, build, and test cycle to enable personalized medicines, pharmaceuticals, sustainable chemical production, improved agriculture production, diagnostics, detection, and data storage. For more information, please visit Twist Bioscience is on Twitter. Sign up to follow our Twitter feed @TwistBioscience at

Twist Bioscience Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Twist Bioscience Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic characteristics, or any other category protected by law.

The base cash compensation for this California-based role is below. In addition to base salary, this role is eligible for bonus, equity, and a generous benefits package. Final compensation amounts are determined by multiple factors, including candidate skill, experience, expertise, and location and may vary from the amount listed above. Compensation may be different in other locations.
San Francisco Bay Area Pay Range
$145,000$160,000 USD