Research Associate II, Reagent Development
Company: Guardant Health
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: January 15, 2022
Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on
helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary
blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant
Health Oncology Platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial
adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare
costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum. Guardant
Health has launched liquid biopsy-based Guardant360 -, Guardant360
CDx and GuardantOMNI - tests for advanced stage cancer patients.
These tests fuel development of its LUNAR program, which aims to
address the needs of early-stage cancer patients with neoadjuvant
and adjuvant treatment selection, cancer survivors with
surveillance, asymptomatic individuals eligible for cancer
screening and individuals at a higher risk for developing cancer
with early detection.
To enable Guardant Health to lead the disruption of cancer
treatments through non-invasive cancer screening, the Technology
Development Team is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate
to perform laboratory duties, as well as help develop, test and
validate novel technologies for rare variant studies with
next-generation sequencing. At Guardant, we leverage the most
advanced technologies and work with leaders in many different
fields to create the most impactful and meaningful technologies for
As a Research Associate II in the Technology Development team, you
will work with our laboratory manager to maintain laboratory
equipment as our laboratory scales. Moreover, you will collaborate
cross-functionally with members of technology development and
clinical operations to perform NGS experiments. You will be
hands-on in the lab, participating in efforts to develop,
implement, validate, and transfer assays to our clinical lab. You
will participate in teams supporting the maintenance of IVD, IUO,
RUO, and LDT products and ensure all work is performed and
documented in compliance with applicable regulatory and quality
practices (FDA, ISO 13485). An ideal candidate would have some
level of knowledge with NGS assay development and good
documentation practice (GDP).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Operate molecular biology laboratory equipment including automated
liquid handlers, quantitation instruments, thermal cyclers, and
next generation sequencing instruments.
Strong understanding in molecular biology techniques, with
preferred experience in the areas of NGS.
Demonstrated ability to organize, document and communicate
Sense of humor is a must.
Team player: demonstrated ability to contribute in an environment
where numerous contributions are required to accomplish complex
Quantitative/analytical mindset- ability to segment complex
problems into fundamental parts/basic. principles, develop models
and execute experimental tests.
Curiosity and drive for continuous improvement.
Collaborate cross-functionally to assist with drafting and
executing test method/process validations.
BA/BS in Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, or
A minimum of 2 years of experience in industry or related field
The ability to handle biological samples (i.e. tissue, blood,
Willing to do manual, repetitive lab work.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Knowledge of GDP.
Experience with process automation for nucleic acid extraction, NGS
sample preparation assays, and sequencing platforms.
Laboratory position: Local candidates in San Francisco Bay
surrounding area are preferred.
Covid Vaccination Policy: Starting January 7, 2022, Guardant Health
will require all employees to be fully vaccinated to either (a)
establish that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or
(b) request and obtain an approved exemption from Guardant's
COVID-19 U.S. Vaccination Policy as a reasonable accommodation. An
employee is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks
after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose
of a single-dose vaccination. Acceptable vaccines are approved or
under emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and/or the World Health Organization (WHO). In
addition, fully-vaccinated employees will be required to maintain
their fully-vaccinated status under this Policy by obtaining, if
applicable, any FDA-approved boosters.
Employee may be required to lift routine office supplies and use
office equipment. Majority of the work is performed in a
desk/office environment. Ability to sit for extended periods of
Guardant Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be
discriminated against on the basis of disability.
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