Here at Berkeley Lights, we think cells are awesome! Cells are capable of manufacturing cures for diseases, fibers for clothing, energy in the form of biofuels, and food proteins for nutrition. So the question is, if nature is capable of manufacturing the products we need in a scalable way, why aren't we doing more of this? Well, the answer is that with the solutions available today, it is hard. It takes a long time to find the right cell for a specific job, costs lots of money, and if you have picked a suboptimal cell line, has a very low process yield. Berkeley Lights has the complete solution to find the best cells by functionally screening and recovering individual cells for antibody discovery, cell line development, T cell analysis, and synthetic biology. Our proprietary technology and Beacon® and LightningTM systems accelerate the rate researchers can discover and develop cell-based products in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of conventional, legacy research methods. Using our tools and solutions, scientists can find the best cells, the first time they look.
Our goal is to continue to collaborate with customers to drive the adoption of our technologies, making cell-based products and therapeutics more easily accessible the world over! You will play a major role here and our success depends on you! We have been changing how the world develops cell-based products since 2011, and now our family of around 250 employees welcomes you to consider joining us on this incredible journey.
The Company is seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Scientist - Life Sciences R&D to join an interdisciplinary product development team at the company's headquarters in Emeryville, CA.
Berkeley Lights is recruiting a Biologist to join our Life Sciences R&D team to work in collaboration with instrument and software engineers as we scale down biology workflows to the single cell level using our platforms to achieve high throughput, automated solutions for assay development. The candidate will work closely with our research and applications development teams to build upon our current capabilities and transition biology workflows to the nanoscale. The ideal candidate will have strong troubleshooting skills, enjoy being at the bench and creating new reagents assays and protocols. As well as having the ability to collaborate on inventing and quickly diverging from established protocols to generate iterative, novel solutions to complex and fun challenges. Are you the kind of biologist that excels at learning and becoming an expert in new systems quickly?
- Work within the R&D team to design, develop and implement novel cell and molecular biological assays on the Berkeley Lights platforms
- Work with a variety of model systems, cell lines and single cell organisms on the Berkeley Lights platforms. This can include, but is not limited to mammalian cell lines, primary cells, yeast and bacterial and cell-free systems
- Quickly develop expertise in new areas of study through reading primary literature
- Having no fear to take on something completely new and become the expert in it quickly
- Being a team player and helping others with deliverables when needed
- Work closely with a diverse team of biologists, bioinformaticians, engineers and other scientists to adapt and invent new assays and workflows
- Innovate new and creative solutions to working at the single cell level
- Present data internally to development teams, management and executives to inform and drive new product development
- A Ph.D. with 2+ years of additional experience in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics or a related field of research in an academic or industry setting
- Strong hands-on experience with molecular biology methodologies, RT-PCR, DNA/RNA isolation, cloning strategies, NGS or other techniques
- Strong hands-on experience with common biochemistry methodologies, protein production, immunoprecipitation, western blot, ELISA
- Experience working with a variety of model systems (mammalian or insect cell culture, yeast bacteria, etc)
- Familiarity with cell/tissue culture, cell-based assays, transfection, protein expression and microscopy platforms
- Excellent collaboration, interpersonal, and communication skills to clearly articulate ideas, problems, and solutions
- Ability to go "off-protocol" and invent, optimize and develop new approaches
Additional Skills and Qualifications
- Skilled problem solver with the ability to troubleshoot existing protocols as well as develop new protocols and assays
- Comfortable learning and working with new technology and helping provide solutions outside of your area of expertise
- Quickly learn new concepts and protocols from primary literature and develop new expertise in a short amount of time
- A large knowledge base in the field of biology. An all-around nerd for science who just really enjoys doing new things
- Ability to work in high pace environment, with rapid experimental design iterations and short timelines
- A team first attitude and ability to function well in a matrixed organization
- Proficient data analysis skills; experience with data-mining software (e.g. Tableau, Spotfire) is desired
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