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Senior Scientist (Genomics Assay Development): Volta Labs – Cambridge, MA

Volta Labs is looking for a creative scientist and a problem solver to help build genomic assays on a novel fluidic platform.
Volta Labs, Inc. (https://www.voltalabs.com) is an MIT spin-off company that makes programmable fluidic chips for biological automation. We are a transdisciplinary team combining engineering, surface chemistry and molecular biology to enable the next generation of automation for genomics and genetic engineering.
We are in the processing of gathering people with an interdisciplinary mindset to form the foundations of what will become the company over the next few years. You will come on board as an early member of the team and grow with our organization. You will work collaboratively with a team of engineers, biologists and scientists and take responsibility for the design, development and optimization of various biological applications on Volta’s proprietary digital fluidic platform.
You’ll join a team where everyone—including you—is not afraid to go into unexplored territories across many fields to develop assays for our automation system. We are an incredibly supportive team–we love to pitch in when problems arise and give great peer feedback to help each other grow. We are passionate about lots of things–automation, biochemistry, biology, genome engineering, computation, robotics, fabrication, industrial design, great user experience for customers–and we love sharing those passions with each other. You’ll be a key driver of instilling these values in our new Cambridge office and play a big role in helping grow the team.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, optimize genomic assays for implementation on Volta’s proprietary digital fluidic platform.
  • Lead the development and optimization of assays on multiple sample types for Illumina, ONT and PacBio Sequencing.
  • Contribute to the management of projects through feasibility, development, and validation.
  • Act as the subject matter expert and continuously drive product development through internal and external collaborations.

Your Qualifications:

  • PhD or MSc in cellular and/or molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or a related discipline.
  • 5+ of hands-on assay development experience in an academic lab or biotechnology / life sciences company.
  • Hands-on experience in next-generation sequencing, e.g. Illumina, Oxford Nanopore or PacBio platforms with various sample types, including purified DNA, microbial, fresh and FFPE tissue material, blood, etc.
  • Excellent fundamentals of biochemistry of NGS reagent chemistries, e.g. DNA-seq, RNA-seq, single-cell sequencing, methyl-seq.
  • Experience with new instrument and platform development.
  • Ability to collaborate in a fast-paced team environment with rapidly changing priorities: pro-active team player who thinks ahead, plans, and suggests solutions.
  • You are a continuous learner who embraces a growth mindset.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills with the ability to synthesize technical information and present it to specialists and non-specialists.

Nice to Have:

  • Experience translating manual workflows into automated methods on microfluidics or other droplet based technologies.
  • You have a successful track record working with cross-functional development teams.
  • Familiarity with laboratory automation system and enthusiasm for working on evolving prototypes.

Company Benefits:

  • Generous equity, competitive salary and robust healthcare benefits.
  • Collaborative and friendly environment with an opportunity to break things, build, learn and invent across many fields. In the process contribute to IP generation of the company.
  • Flexible vacation policy


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