Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Pleasanton


Purification and characterization of oligonucleotides utilizing established and published procedures, and technical and theoretical understanding.  Work as part of manufacturing team to delivery high quality oligonucleotides for research and development.  Job will involve working on routine and challenging purification processes, troubleshooting activities, development of new methods, and operation and maintenance of various purification and analytical instrumentation.
Purification and characterization of oligonucleotides utilizing established and published procedures, and technical and theoretical understanding.  Assumes responsibility for the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of oligo purification and analysis results.  Maintains lab supplies and various purification analytical instruments.
Sets up, maintains, and runs oligo purification instruments to make oligos according to standard protocols and current priorities.  Oligos are to be purified in an efficient, timely, and cost effective manner.  Prioritize, schedule, and execute oligo purification to accommodate special RUSH or repeat orders.  Batches the orders in the manufacturing process when there are infrequent orders such that there is a balance between manufacturing efficiency and reasonable turnaround times.
Delivers completed orders and interfaces with customers for oligo orders.  Processes and delivers outsourced oligo orders.  Works with supervisor to prioritize and triage the orders for in-house manufacturing or for approved external oligo vendor.
Manufacturing Support:  Helps maintain the lab/reagent supplies in the lab to ensure that there is no manufacturing downtime.  Helps keep the lab and work areas clean and safe.  Perform routine analyses (HPLC, LCMS, and/or UV spectral) on oligos on as needed basis.  
Summarizes experimental results, and reviews conclusions with supervisor/project leader. 
Works with oligo synthesis personnel to ensure smooth hand off of oligos from DNA Synthesis to Oligo Purification. 
Keeps supervisor 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). 
Assumes accountability for own lab notebook documentation and documentation of oligo orders made, ensuring purification records and results are recorded timely, accurately and consistently, and according to established formats
Participates in routine lab maintenance, lab safety, ISO, and QSR implementation. Troubleshoots issues related to instrumentation and process.
Documentation:  Responsible for ensuring capture of lab data from instrumentation in SDMS/electronic notebook in a timely manner.  Compiles and prepares data for statistical, scientific analyses, reports, or for presentations.
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biological/Life Sciences, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and work-experience
Minimum 2 - 5 years of relevant experience

About the company

Roche is a Swiss global health-care company that operates worldwide under two divisions: Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics. Its holding company, Roche Holding AG, has bearer shares listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

The company headquarters are located in Basel and the company has many pharmaceutical and diagnostic sites around the world – including: Tucson, AZ; Pleasanton, CA; Vacaville, California, Oceanside, California, Branchburg, NJ; Indianapolis, Indiana; Florence, South Carolina; and Ponce, Puerto Rico in the US; Welwyn Garden City and Burgess Hill in the UK; Clarecastle in Ireland; Mannheim and Penzberg in Germany; Mississauga and Laval in Canada; Shanghai in China; Mumbai & Hyderabad in India; São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Segrate, Milan in Italy; Johannesburg in South Africa; Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan. There are 26 manufacturing sites worldwide.

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