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Senior Scientist, Sustain & Support

Company: Guardant Health
Location: San Diego
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Company Description

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 and GuardantOMNI tests for advanced stage cancer patients and LUNAR assay for research use and for use in prospective clinical trials. In parallel, Guardant Health is actively exploring the performance of the LUNAR assay in initial studies related to screening and early detection in asymptomatic individuals.

Job Description

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 Scientist to lead the execution of sustaining and troubleshooting activities pertaining to our launched assays 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 cancer management.

As a Senior Scientist in the Technology Development Team, Sustain & Support, you will work with members within the team and interface with process engineering, clinical operations, research operations, and bioinformatics. You will be hands on in the lab and be required to design, implement, and validate new technologies related to liquid biopsy sequencing assays for the early detection, treatment, and monitoring of all cancer types.

Duties And Responsibilities
Work in a team environment and independently to develop, test and validate technologies for rare variant studies with next-generation sequencing
Identify areas for improvement in assay and propose and implement solutions
Design and perform experiments to continually improve our assay workstreams
Write and execute feasibility, development, and validation study plans
Write and update SOPs
Collaborate cross-functionally with operations, process engineering, and bioinformatics to facilitate effective delivery of sustaining and support activities
Lead in troubleshooting efforts with the CLIA labs and Operations teams and capture lessons learned
Manage the escalation process between Operations and Technology teams
Conceptualize and perform feasibility studies on new assay improvements
Ensure all work is performed and documented in compliance with applicable regulatory and quality practices (FDA, ISO13485)
Be a mentor to grow junior team members
Present data, proposals, and progress in various forums and to technical and non-technical audiences

Qualifications
Ph.D. with a minimum of 4 years of experience or M.S. with a minimum of 6 years of experience in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, or related field
A minimum of 4 years of experience in genomics or molecular biology, preferably developing IVDs
Strong experience in molecular biology techniques and NGS assay development, exemplified by publications, patent applications, and previous product development experience
Strong data analysis skills, preferably with experience with Python and R handling large datasets
Demonstrated ability to organize, document and communicate scientific data
Consummate team player: demonstrated ability to contribute in an environment where numerous contributions are required to accomplish complex goals. Enjoy working independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment and able to adapt to change
Highly motivated, responsible self-starter and independent problem solver
Curiosity and drive

Preferred Skills
3+ years of industry work experience in Sustain & Support activities
Experience with IVD development under an FDA regulated environment
Experience with assay development for automated liquid handling platforms

Additional Information

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; however, there may be exposure to high noise levels, fumes, and biohazard material in the laboratory environment. Ability to sit for extended periods of time.

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.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

To learn more about the information collected when you apply for a position at Guardant Health, Inc. and how it is used, please review our Privacy Notice for Job Applicants .

Keywords: Guardant Health, San Diego , Senior Scientist, Sustain & Support, Other , San Diego, California

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