• Biomedical Scientist / Microbiologist

    Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/8/2019 4:22 PM)
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    Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,700 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.


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    Draper’s Synthetic Biology group is seeking a microbiologist with expertise in next-generation sequencing, microbial genetics, and assay development. The candidate must possess extensive experience with nucleic acid manipulation in particular, as well as hands-on assay development experience and strong troubleshooting skills.  Experience with protein engineering and expression, and associated analysis techniques, is also desired.  The candidate must have experience in working with BSL2-level pathogenic organisms, with BSL3 experience a plus.  Cell culture experience is also a plus. 


    The potential candidate must have extensive hands-on technical experience with next-generation sequencing, in particular:

    • NGS library preparations for multiple types of analyses (e.g. ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq, etc) in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
    • Non-standard, custom analysis of next-gen sequencing data
    • Complex sequence assembly – including deconvolution of repetitive sequences


    The potential candidate must thrive in a multidisciplinary team comprising skills in microfluidics, microfabrication, instrumentation, mechanical and electrical engineering, and more.




    • Next-generation sequencing and analysis
    • Biomolecular assay development
    • Protein engineering and expression
    • Training colleagues on laboratory techniques
    • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team



    • MS or PhD degree in Microbiology or related discipline, and 5+ year's direct and demonstrated experience in a laboratory/R&D setting. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of next-generation sequencing and microbial genetics.
    • Additionally, he/she will be a self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • The candidate must have the ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision, and be able to interface with all levels of internal management, as well as program sponsors and subcontractors.
    • Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident.



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