Scientist, NGS, R&D

Twist Bioscience

Twist Bioscience

South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024

The R&D team at Twist is searching for a curious, thoughtful, and driven individual with excellent lab hands to help us develop new products and applications in the Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) space. Leveraging our silicon-based, massively-parallel DNA synthesis platform, you will conduct laboratory studies to develop, improve, and troubleshoot our latest NGS products. In this position, you will have the opportunity to work on leading-edge products for genomics, diagnostics, and personalized medicine.

First and foremost, we are looking for someone with a scientist’s mindset. Creativity, critical thinking, careful experimental execution, and a desire to learn deep technical details are a must.

Ideal candidates for this position are dedicated team players, capable of assisting with several projects at once, who can be a part of a strong collaboration between multiple innovative and encouraging individuals. Up-and-coming scientists that demonstrate self-motivation and enthusiasm for scientific bench work are strongly encouraged.

Your work will be mainly at the bench; however, you will have the opportunity to use high-throughput robotic instruments as well as coding and bioinformatics tools to expand your expertise. You will work alongside and learn from some of the best scientists and bioinformaticians in the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead in the development of custom DNA-based applications and tests, focusing on next-generation sequencing (NGS) targeted enrichment products.
  • Plan and execute experiments, analyze data, and use findings to enhance NGS products and applications.
  • Participate in process improvement initiatives aimed at optimizing production workflows for NGS Kits and Target Enrichment Panel production lines, ensuring enhanced efficiency, quality, and scalability of our products.
  • Innovate and refine commercial kits and components, including formulations and protocols.
  • Work in tandem with bioinformaticians for data analysis and engage with other internal teams, including product development, for cross-functional projects.
  • Adhere to regulatory standards and ISO 13485 guidelines.

What You’ll Bring to the Team:

  • A master's degree with 3 years of experience or a PhD with 1 year of post-graduate experience in a related field such as molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics, or chemistry. Experience in an NGS company is highly desirable.
  • Strong knowledge of NGS methods, products, and applications.
  • Hands-on experience with large-scale genomic methods such as whole genome sequencing, exome sequencing, target enrichment, RNA sequencing, and single-cell sequencing.
  • Experience with NGS library preparation methods.
  • Understanding of bioinformatics and bioinformatics tools, including genome alignment, mapping, variant calling, and annotation. Ability to perform basic analysis and communicate needs with bioinformaticians.
  • Proficiency in molecular biology techniques including DNA purification, DNA quantification, and PCR.
  • Excellent documentation and communication skills, including proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing products for commercial launch.
  • Coding skills in R, Python or equivalent languages.
  • Experience with liquid handling systems and automation

About Twist Bioscience

Twist Bioscience synthesizes genes from scratch, known as “writing” DNA. Just as children learn to both read and write, the next phase of development for the genomics revolution is the ability to write DNA.

At Twist Bioscience, we work in service of people who are changing the world for the better. In fields such as health care, agriculture, industrial chemicals and data storage, our unique silicon-based DNA Synthesis Platform provides precision at a scale that is otherwise unavailable to our customers.

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
$110,000$154,000 USD