Scientist (Contract, Pleasanton, CA)


Roche is looking for a Scientist in Pleasanton, CA. It is a 6 months contract on W2. 

Please email your Resume attached as a Word Doc along with your desired Hourly Rate, your current location, visa status and date you are available to start a new position. Please make certain your resume clearly details your experience with the skills required for this requirement.

Also please provide a brief writeup about why you are a match for the position that can be passed along to the manager. If you have worked at Roche or Genentech in the past please provide your previous manager's names, so they too can be passed along to the hiring manager.


Roche Molecular Systems is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for the role of Scientist II on the Research Team. The individual will work in a small team of individuals in the design and early development of transduction-based Smarticles™ reagents according to strategic business needs. Projects will include construction and characterization of recombinant prokaryotic organisms and their application in the development of in vitro diagnostics assays.

Responsibilities include:

  • Handling of BSL2 clinical isolates of bacteria
  • With guidance, analyzes, and brainstorms alternative approaches to solve problems and finds solutions
  • Organize, conduct and monitor laboratory experiments utilizing established or published procedures in the construction of recombinant organisms
  • Assumes responsibility for the accuracy, quality, recording, and timeliness of experimental results
  • Summarizes experimental results and reviews conclusions with supervisor/project leader
  • Uses technical writing skills to communicate results in reports and documents. May present findings at internal meetings
  • Keeps supervisor/project leader informed of project status, particularly of significant findings and results in critical problem areas
  • Performs work according to established internal safety guidelines and procedures, and as specified by appropriate external regulatory agencies (e.g., OSHA)
  • Participates in routine lab maintenance, lab safety, ISO, and QSR implementation     
  • Works independently and manages own workflow to accomplish assigned objectives

Who you are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.


Qualifications Required:


  • BS in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related field
  • 1-3 years of related experience
  • Experience in working in a BSL2 environment
  • Strong cloning experience that includes advanced techniques such as performing genomic manipulations in clinically relevant species of bacteria (other than E. coli) is highly desired
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to efficiently evaluate and prioritize multiple experiments


  • 2-3 years of related experience
  • Experience in microbiology, cell culturing, cloning, bioinformatics, and laboratory notebook maintenance
  • Experience with the latest tools and techniques employed in metabolic engineering/synthetic biology   
  • Experience working with bacteriophage, viruses, or Smarticles technology


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