Assay Research Scientist I at Pattern Bioscience | Powderkeg

Location: Austin, TX

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Assay Research

At Pattern Bioscience, we’re tackling antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. Our technology rapidly identifies bacterial infections and predicts the most effective antibiotics to treat the infection. We’re building direct-from-specimen phenotypic rapid ID/AST assays using live cells on our proprietary instrument and consumable platform.

Pattern’s Assay Research team is searching for a data-driven, curious, innovative Scientist I to join us. This team solves a wide variety of problems, including developing our novel assay technology, developing innovative sample prep solutions for different sample types, and working with internal and external collaborators to perform studies using Pattern’s system. We are seeking talented individuals who will embrace our mission and flourish in a dynamic, rigorous, and entrepreneurial environment.

How You Will Contribute

  • Conceive and conduct independent experimentation from project inception through completion in a BSL-2 in support of solving challenging problems related to the development of an in vitro diagnostic biochemical assay for the identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing (ID/AST) of bacteria
  • Analyze data to form conclusions, drive future experimental plans, and provide insights for the whole team
  • Manage, capture, and review critical data: accurately and consistently recording experimental methods, materials, and results
  • Effectively adjust to chancing priorities
  • Collaborate with other multi-disciplinary teams (including Manufacturing, Clinical, Chemistry, and Engineering)

We'd Love to Hear From You If You

  • Have a strong track record in experimental science or applied engineering
  • Can plan, execute, and analyze complex experiments
  • Tell cohesive scientific stories through data and analysis
  • Embrace problems outside of our knowledge base
  • Engage in collaborative and creative problem-solving
  • Are an excellent communicator across technical disciplines

Desired Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, Physical Chemistry, Biomaterials, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, or related discipline; or equivalent experience, OR an M.S. with 3+ years of industry or post-educational research experience
  • Experience with analytical software (R, JMP, Python, etc.) or Excel for robust and complex data analysis
  • A demonstrated track record of solving complex problems

Instead of a cover letter, we invite you to answer our application questions. They will allow you to elaborate on the types of experiences we're seeking for this role. The questions also help us understand more of your motivations as a scientist. We promise, we do read every response carefully.

Join us! We're excited for what you can bring to our team. Here are a few things we provide to make sure you have a great experience. Learn more about our team by visiting our website.


  • Health insurance

  • 401k Matching

  • Paid Time Off

  • The opportunity to make a global impact

To fulfill our mission and build world-changing technology, we’ve put together a diverse, multi-disciplinary top-notch team, a culture of innovation, learning, adaptability, and excellence and environment where people love coming to work.

We value diversity on our teams. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, neurodiversity, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, hair texture or protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Assay Research Scientist I
  • Company
    Pattern Bioscience
  • Location
    Austin, TX
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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