Careers

Careers

Iridia is an emerging San Diego company bringing together DNA chemistry, electronics, molecular biology and nanofabrication technology to develop a revolutionary long-term data storage platform.  Our mission is to pioneer the use of DNA to solve big challenges in data-storage with robust, sustainable, and scalable solutions. We believe that nature has optimized DNA as the ultimate long-term, high-fidelity, high density data storage tool. We are combining DNA polymer synthesis technology, electronic nano-switches, and semiconductor fabrication technologies to develop the world’s first integrated-chip that can write, read, and store data in a single device at an exceptionally high density. We are well-funded and guided by renowned investors, industry pioneers and scientific thought leaders to develop the first commercially viable, DNA based microchip that will change the way the world stores and retrieves data forever. We offer an exciting and diverse team where our experiences and backgrounds make us stronger and energize us to change the technology world.  Iridia, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We offer competitive employee compensation package that includes:

* Competitive salary
* Stock options
* 401k with employer contribution
* Healthcare benefits with employer contribution
* FSA – Healthcare Flexible Spending Account

If you have our level of passion and commitment, consider our team! To apply, email your CV/resume to careers@iridia.com.

                                                                                        CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

                                                                      1.   Engineering Associate – Nanopore

                                                                      2.   Research Associate – Surface Chemistry 

                                                                      3.   Research Associate – Molecular & Protein Biology

Engineering Associate – Nanopore

Our mission is to pioneer the use of DNA to solve big challenges in data-storage with robust, sustainable, and scalable solutions. We believe that nature has optimized DNA as the ultimate long-term, high-fidelity, high-density data storage tool. We are combining DNA polymer synthesis technology, electronic nano-switches, and semiconductor fabrication technologies to develop the world’s first integrated-chip that can write, read, and store data in a single device at an exceptionally high density. We are well-funded and guided by renowned investors, industry pioneers and scientific thought leaders to develop the first commercially viable, DNA based microchip that will change the way the world stores and retrieves data forever.

Position Summary:
We are seeking a highly motivated Engineering Associate to join Iridia’s Engineering team. This person will work closely with our multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers towards the development and scale-up of our integrated data storage device. They will be responsible for conducting experiments and QA/QC tests of our nanopore devices and subsystems and providing performance feedback to the larger team

How you will contribute:

  • Collect prototype testing data following established procedures to test and validate device components
  • Assist in analysis and summarization of test results to provide feedback to the relevant team(s)
  • Carefully maintain up-to-date documentation of all laboratory activities in a written or electronic format
  • Assist in development and documentation of new experiments and SOPs, test reports, and technical updates
  • Maintain reagent and equipment stocks as needed
  • Assist in the conception and planning of experiments and design prototypes
  • Troubleshoot equipment and procedures consistent with level of experience
  • Perform additional job-related duties as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or a related field
  • Proficiency with computers, MS Suite, etc.
  • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical capabilities
  • Well organized and detail oriented, with strong written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated with a “hands-on” mindset
  • Ability to perform at a high level in both independent and collaborative team environments

Desired Qualifications:

  • Industry experience
  • Experience in a hands-on lab setting (STEM lab)
  • Experience with LabView for controlling and collecting data from external devices
  • Experience with Matlab, Python, R, or other scripting language
  • Basic understanding of electrical circuits and/or signals
  • Experience with microfluidic devices fabrication and/or operation
  • Experience with common molecular biology techniques such as PCR and gel electrophoresis

If interested, please email your CV and cover letter to mischa@raindancepartners.com and reference ‘Iridia Engineering Associate’ in subject line.

Research Associate – Surface Chemistry

Position Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to play a key role in technology development at Iridia by contributing to Iridia’s surface chemistry research. The individual will be responsible for conducting experiments and QA/QC tests focusing on surface analysis, surface modification and bioconjugation. This position will interact closely with biochemistry and nanofabrication/engineering groups to solve interdisciplinary problems in surface science. The individual will help drive the success of Iridia’s technology platform.

How you will contribute:

  • Carry out experiments to understand and optimize surface chemistry processes and improve surface functionality
  • Integrate surface chemistry processes with functional prototype devices
  • Help identify new tools and protocols for surface modification and analysis
  • Assist in analysis and summarization of results to provide feedback to the relevant team(s)
  • Carefully maintain up-to-date documentation of all laboratory activities in a written or electronic format
  • Maintain reagent and equipment stocks as needed
  • Assist in the conception and planning of experiments and design prototypes
  • Troubleshoot equipment and procedures consistent with level of experience
  • Perform additional job-related duties as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Masters degree in Chemistry or Materials Science
  • Team player with a positive outlook
  • Proficiency with computers, MS Suite, etc.
  • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical capabilities
  • Well organized and detail oriented, with strong written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated with a “hands-on” mindset
  • Ability to perform at a high level in both independent and collaborative team environments
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks to consistently hit deadlines

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years Industry experience
  • Experience with surface modification and analysis
  • Experience with DNA chemistry and common molecular biology techniques such as PCR and gel electrophoresis
  • Experience with microscopy (fluorescence, SEM, AFM, etc.)
  • Experience with electrochemical techniques (cyclic voltammetry, potentiometry, etc.)
  • Experience with Matlab, Python, R, or other scripting language

About Iridia:

We have developed strong IP around a nanopore-based single-molecule device that enables vastly large datasets to be stored and retrieved in an integrated format. We are guided in our mission by our board chairman, Jay Flatley (Executive Chairman, illumina) and thought leaders in life sciences and data-storage. We recently came out of stealth-mode with backing from prominent institutional investors and market leading corporate partners in the data-storage industry. We are now keenly focused on developing a transformative product at the intersection of biology and technology.

If interested, please email your CV and cover letter to mischa@raindancepartners.com and reference ‘ Research Associate – Surface Chemistry’ in subject line.

Research Associate – Molecular & Protein Biology

Position Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to play a key role in technology development at Iridia by contributing to Iridia’s molecular and protein biology R&D. The individual will be responsible for conducting experiments, producing materials and performing assays focusing on molecular and protein biology. This position will interact closely with other team members to help drive the success of Iridia’s technology platform.

How you will contribute:

  • Carry out experiments to characterize and optimize our enzyme systems
  • Express, purify and QC proteins for use in our systems
  • Analyze DNA through a variety of techniques (gel, CE, sequencing, mass spec, fluoresence)
  • Help identify and develop new molecular tools, assays and protocols
  • Assist in summarizing and analyzing results to provide feedback to the relevant team(s)
  • Carefully maintain up-to-date documentation of all laboratory activities in electronic format
  • Maintain reagent and equipment stocks as needed
  • Assist in conceiving and planning of experiments
  • Troubleshoot equipment and procedures
  • Perform additional job-related duties as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Masters degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or related field
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques such as PCR, cloning, sequencing and gel electrophoresis
  • Team player with a positive outlook
  • Proficiency with computers, MS Suite, etc.
  • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical capabilities
  • Well organized and detail oriented, with strong written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated with a “hands-on” mindset
  • Ability to perform at a high level in both independent and collaborative team environments
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks to consistently hit deadlines

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years Industry experience
  • Experience in a high-throughput &/or regulatory environment
  • Experience with protein expression, purification &/or enzymology

About Iridia:

We have developed strong IP around a nanopore-based single-molecule device that enables vastly large datasets to be stored and retrieved in an integrated format. We are guided in our mission by our board chairman, Jay Flatley (Executive Chairman, illumina) and thought leaders in life sciences and data-storage. We recently came out of stealth-mode with backing from prominent institutional investors and market leading corporate partners in the data-storage industry. We are now keenly focused on developing a transformative product at the intersection of biology and technology.

If interested, please email your CV and cover letter to mischa@raindancepartners.com and reference ‘ Research Associate – Molecular & Protein Biology’ in subject line.