Quantapore is building a new generation of DNA sequencer, capable of analyzing the encoded information in single DNA molecules. This machine will shape the course of basic and biomedical research for years to come. Building such a device requires a special breed of scientist. You will join a small, dedicated, highly skilled R&D team. Development is still in an early stage, and your insights and contributions will give shape to the ultimate product, and our ultimate success.

We are seeking an outstanding molecular biologist for a Scientist position in Quantapore’s Molecular Biology group. This role is for a hands-on, lab-based research scientist with technical expertise in the field of protein evolution and engineering. The candidate will be responsible for optimizing the molecular design and functional properties of polymerases. The candidate will function in a highly collaborative, highly cross-functional environment and be interacting with material scientists and molecular biologists. The candidate must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively across functional units.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Designing and conducting experiments in the field of protein engineering, especially by protein evolution
  • Developing strategies to guide the design and testing of engineered proteins with improved biological properties
  • Staying abreast of the latest scientific and technology advancements in the field, especially in next generation sequencing
  • Presenting at group meetings and project team meetings

Education Minimum Requirement

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field, or equivalent experience. Post-doctoral or industry experience is preferred

Required Experience and Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct directed evolution experiments and screens, especially on polymerases
  • Demonstrated ability to design apply rational design approaches to protein design, especially on polymerases
  • Demonstrated ability to employ ‘semi-rational’ approaches to address the limitations of both rational design and directed evolution
  • Broad expertise in nucleic acid-based mutagenesis, labeling, and characterization
  • Ability to design, execute, and communicate complex experiments in the field of protein engineering and biochemistry
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Must be independent, self – motivated, and have excellent written and oral presentation skills

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Protocol optimization and troubleshooting
  • Manipulation of small samples and microdevices
  • Understanding of single-molecule detection systems and microscopy
Above all, the candidate must be a versatile scientist with a proven record of success in the lab. Please send your current resume to jobs@quantapore.com. We look forward to hearing from you.