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Senior Scientist, Assay Development

Company: Talis Biomedical
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: September 11, 2022

Job Description:

About the Company
Our purpose at Talis is to advance health equity and outcomes by delivering accurate infectious disease testing in the moment of need, at the point of care.
While timely diagnosis of infectious diseases is critically important to enable effective treatment, testing is primarily performed in centralized laboratories, which require samples to be shipped for processing, delaying the return of results by days. Point-of-care testing solves this problem by delivering the timely information necessary for clinical care.
To deliver our purpose we focus on three things:

  • Putting customers and patients first
  • Making Talis a great place to work
  • Living our values to Dream Big, Share Our Screens, Serve Others, Bring Our "A" Game, and Build Trust
    Position Summary
    The Senior Scientist will work in assay development from assay design to verification, providing scientific leadership, and acts as subject matter expert. The Senior Scientist is responsible for developing, optimizing assays, and engaging in product development, including verification and validation activities under design control. You will author, review, and edit SOPs, study protocols, reports and other documentation as needed. She/he is expected to work independently and have a hands-on attitude, and at the same time to be able to work closely with members of the assay development team.
    The Senior Scientist will be responsible for developing, mentoring, and managing a team of Research Associates.
    Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Responsible for developing and drafting SOPs, test plans, protocols, reports and keep thorough records of performed experiments and data. Conduct planning and execution of experiments and data analysis to achieve goals according to deadlines.
    • Responsible for ensuring the complete and accurate recording of all experimental data and for maintaining the highest quality and integrity.
    • Responsible for consolidating data and preparing presentations for technical reviews. Present results to stakeholders across the company as needed.
    • Provide day-to-day guidance and support in the lab for Research Associates.
    • Maintain excellent levels of housekeeping, safety and environmental standards within the laboratory.
    • Other duties as required.


      • A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline such as Molecular Biology, Molecular Microbiology, Biochemistry, with 2-5 years of experience or a Master's degree with 7 or more years of experience in infectious disease molecular diagnostic industry. Extensive knowledge and experience in molecular biology, nucleic acid amplification and extraction methods.
      • Substantial hands-on knowledge of molecular biology with an emphasis in nucleic acid extraction from different organisms and sample types, and nucleic acid amplification technology are a must. Additionally, experience with isothermal amplification technologies is ideal.
      • Good problem-solving skills and can adopt new methods quickly.
      • Good understanding and experience in Design Control and developing NAAT for point-of-care (POC) is a plus.
      • Capable of multi-tasking and working under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment is also highly desirable. Working independently and at the same time being a team player with a positive attitude is required.
      • A proven track record of delivering in industry settings as reflected by publications, patents, and/or successful development of NAAT products is desirable.
      • Excellent bench skills, written and verbal communication skills are required.

        This position is based in either Chicago, IL.Talis offers a -comprehensive -health and -well-being -benefits -programs, -long-term equity incentives, -time-off policies, a 401(k) -retirement savings plan -with -an -immediate -Company match, Education Assistance Program, a rotating suite of snacks, Monday breakfasts, Happy Hours, other fun company events and more! Best of all, join us by working at a growing company like Talis with -dedicated and collaborative employees committed to making a difference in Health Care.
        Talis is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All aspects of employment decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate -on the basis of -any status protected under federal, state, or local law. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our colleagues.
        More About Talis:
        Built on a foundation of world-class science and engineering, we are developing the Talis One platform, a sample-to-answer, cloud-enabled molecular diagnostic platform that could be rapidly deployed to distributed diagnostic settings in the United States and around the world to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care. The Talis One platform comprises a compact instrument, single-use test cartridge, and innovative software including a central cloud database. This system is designed to provide central laboratory levels of accuracy and be operated by an untrained user.
        Talis has raised more than $500 million to date and went public in February 2021. -

Keywords: Talis Biomedical, Palo Alto , Senior Scientist, Assay Development, Other , Palo Alto, California

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