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Assay Scientist - (E3)

Company: Applied Materials
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Applied Materials is an innovation-driven company. Our ability to identify emerging technologies that can enable our customers to overcome their challenges, by leveraging Applied Materials' engineering and scientific expertise, is critical to our continued growth.

Applied Materials is working on a highly innovative biotechnology development project in the field of Spatial Genomics that involves the development of new assays and a high throughput imaging instrument. The project team is a growing, dynamic, and multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers from fields of optics, material science, biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and software engineering.

Job Summary:

The individual will work on assay development and actively participate in product development of a sophisticated bio-imaging system. In this role, you will develop and execute cutting-edge biochemical workflows, including handling and preparation of tissue and cell samples, and analysis of the samples with the bio-imaging system. You will also work side-by-side with a commercial lab services organization to transfer the successfully developed and validated workflow. The ideal candidate will be comfortable executing multi-disciplinary studies and resolving technical challenges to improve assay quality, reliability, and process capability towards clear performance requirements. This requires you to:

  • Work closely with a multi-disciplinary team comprising biologists, biochemists, bioinformaticians, hardware and software engineers to develop pre and post-analytical processes and bioassays.
  • Work with the team to review, interpret, integrate and present experimental data both internally and with our research collaborators.

This position will report directly to the Director of Assay Development in Santa Clara / Mountain View. The position is based in Santa Clara / Mountain View and will require some travel.

Education and Experience:

Background in Life Sciences field with experience developing biological assays and use of various detection technologies.

Working experience of at least 6 years (with a BS), at least 4 years (with a MS), or at least 2 years (with a PhD).

Key Competencies:

  • Proficient in developing and executing procedures for biological specimen handling and processing, testing, implementing new methods, reporting and maintaining records.
  • Analytical bioassay and method development experience (testing of components and process modifications of biochemical assays).
  • Technical knowledge and applications across PCR, NGS, and other genetic platforms.
  • Experience in microscopy, various biological imaging techniques, image processing, and data analysis is a plus.
  • Work experience in the biotech, translational workflow development, or pharmaceutical industry is preferred.
  • Project Management - Skill and experience developing timelines for projects and tracking projects, as well as managing multiple stakeholders including external collaborators.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluent in English.



Bachelor's Degree




Years of Experience:

4 - 7 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Yes, 20% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:


Applied Materials is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Keywords: Applied Materials, Santa Clara , Assay Scientist - (E3), Other , Santa Clara, California

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