Careers

About Us: Swift Biosciences, Inc is a rapidly growing Ann Arbor company that is developing novel research reagents, protocols and molecular diagnostic tools based on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). Our company specializes in finding new ways to make scientific discoveries. We have an excellent team and are seeking to add more people with specific skills, creativity and energy. Swift Biosciences is a great place to work; we have fun together and take pride in our accomplishments.

Swift Biosciences is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Application Scientist
Production Scientist
Manufacturing and Quality Control Specialist
Scientist

Please state which position you are applying for in your application materials, which may be submitted at the bottom of this page.


Position:  Application Scientist
 
Description:

Swift Biosciences is seeking a smart, energetic team-oriented individual to join our applications team. We are a fast-paced organization involved in developing new sample prep tools and application support for existing NGS sequencing platforms. As an Application Scientist you will work with internal and external labs and scientists in the advancement of genomics research using next generation sequencing (NGS). You will be part of team of scientists supporting new and existing customers in their experimental designs and optimization of Swift products to meet specific application requirements. This position is a unique opportunity to work with exciting and novel NGS technologies that enable a wide array of previously unachievable applications. The right candidate must have strong listening skills, a solid background in creative problem solving, and a keen interest in genomics and working with top-level researchers. Strong interpersonal skills, a desire to understand customer needs, mechanisms behind product performance, and the ability to communicate results clearly are essential.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Understand the overall NGS sample preparation process, from analysis of sample input through loading a sequencer
  • Familiarity with complimentary applications such as hybridization capture panels, and the workflows associated with this
  • Provide scientific training, including initial, advanced and continued support on applications, reagents/consumables and instruments to sales organization
  • Work with customers to understand their experimental needs
  • Generation of application specific marketing collateral to support various product lines
  • Work with both Research and Development and Commercial teams with the goal of making customers successful in product adoption
  • Represent Swift Biosciences products and services at appropriate scientific meetings
  • Work with sales team to provide support to ensure the products are functioning correctly in the customer's hands
  • Develop applications based scientific posters and presentations
  • Support applications within strategic areas for integration on automated liquid handling platforms
  • Work closely with Research and Development and Marketing to provide functional application requirements for new product development
Desired Skills and Experience:
  • PhD or relevant experience in molecular biology, genetics, or related field
  • A deep intuition for the processes utilized by current NGS technologies
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of NGS applications
  • Self-motivated and professional with a flexible attitude
  • A passion for making sure customers are satisfied
  • Highly independent and creative problem solver
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment
  • Willing to travel up to 20%

Position:  Production Scientist
 
Description:

We are looking for a Production Scientist to join our growing team. This individual will jointly work with Swift's Research and Development and reagent manufacturing groups to develop next generation sequencing amplicon panels, a genetic tool to enable the enrichment and sequencing of specific genes. This role will assist in transfer of amplicon panels from Research and Development to Manufacturing, and produce and test reagents in concordance with established procedures. This position reports to the Product Lifecycle Manager.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Interact closely with Research and Development to manufacture and test amplicon panels for beta kits
  • Perform next generation sequencing library preps for both beta panel development and quality control according to defined protocols
  • Coordinate labeling, packaging and shipment of Research and Development beta amplicon panels with logistics
  • Assist in transitioning new amplicon panels to manufacturing
  • Manufacture next generation sequencing amplicon panels according to established procedures
  • Regularly document work in concordance with quality system guidelines
General:
  • Maintain clean room facility and abide by clean room regulations
  • Assist in monthly functional tests of equipment in compliance with the quality system
  • Identify opportunities to improve efficiencies and streamline processes
  • Perform other duties as required
Requirements:
  • Excellent molecular biology laboratory skills, including the ability to make solutions and dilutions, dispense liquids into small tubes and/or multi-well plates, understanding of enzymes and oligonucleotides and strong aseptic technique
  • Familiarity with laboratory equipment including qPCR systems, thermocyclers, NanoDrop, multichannel pipettes, repeating pipettes, and centrifuges
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Highly collaborative attitude and ability to work in a cross-functional setting
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Docs and Google Sheets
Criteria of a Candidate Who Will Be Successful in This Position:
  • Excellent laboratory skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet company objectives
  • Demonstrates sound business judgment and resourcefulness
  • A self-motivated person who can handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to thrive in an exciting, rapidly moving start-up environment
  • Ability to interface well with cross-functional teammates is critical to success in this position
Educational Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or chemistry
  • Familiarity with genetics is a bonus

Position:  Manufacturing and Quality Control Specialist
 
Description:

We are looking for a Manufacturing and Quality Control Specialist to join our growing team. This individual will work as a part of the production team, producing and testing next generation sequencing reagents in concordance with established procedures. This position reports to the Product Lifecycle Manager.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Manufacture next generation sequencing library kits according to defined protocols
  • Perform next generation sequencing library preps for quality control according to defined protocols
  • Maintain clean room and quality control facilities and equipment
  • Maintain and monitor production freezers
  • Regularly document work in concordance with quality system guidelines
  • Assist Logistics team with movement of product from production to shipping
  • Assist with physical inventory processes
  • Maintain and update reagent and product database
General:
  • Participate in project teams
  • Identify opportunities to improve efficiency and streamline processes
  • Assist Logistics with product packaging and shipping
  • Assist Research and Development with beta kit builds
  • Perform other duties as required
Requirements:
  • Manual dexterity
  • Excellent laboratory skills, including the ability to accurately measure volumes, weigh solids, make solutions and dilutions and dispense liquids into small tubes and/or multi-well plates
  • Familiarity with laboratory equipment including qPCR systems, thermocyclers, gel electrophoresis, NanoDrop, multichannel pipettes, repeating pipettes, and centrifuges
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Experience with computers, Excel and Word
Criteria of a Candidate Who Will Be Successful in This Position:
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrates sound business judgment and resourcefulness
  • A self-motivated person who can handle multiple tasks simultaneously
Educational Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or chemistry

Position: Scientist
 
Description:

We are looking for a motivated scientist with excellent molecular biology bench skills. Must be experienced in nucleic acid experimentation, such as NGS and qPCR. Above all we are interested in problem solvers and innovators who are able to work outside of existing protocols. A track record of technology development is a plus. Will be working in a team format to develop new products, and interact with customers to establish applications ranging from oncology to microbiology and beyond.

Requirements:

Will consider M.S., Ph.D. and Postdoctoral-level training in molecular biology, biochemistry, or similar fields. Start-up or mid-biotech industry experience a plus but not required.


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