Infectious Disease Diagnostics Scientist
Look for more than answers. Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostics testing, information and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact and a clear dedication to service. It's about providing clarity and hope. As an Infectious Disease Diagnostics Scientist, you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you will have the opportunity to collaborate and affect change while expanding your leadership skills and technical knowledge. You can make a real impact in a market that is growing and developing. This on-site position is based at our Chantilly, VA location. Infectious Disease Diagnostics Scientist, the role: The Infectious Disease Diagnostics Scientist will advance technology necessary to develop state-of-the-art assays in infectious disease, including microbiology, molecular microbiology, and serology. This professional will plan, organize, and implement basic experiments to achieve this goal. The Scientist will train and provide scientific direction to scientific personnel of various levels as needed and will also provide scientific design and statistical analysis. Job responsibilities: Under the direction of the Scientific Director or Lead Scientist, initiate experimental design for assay development. Conduct assay system development, optimization and validation. Under technical supervision, run experiments to evaluate new laboratory instrumentation and equipment for laboratory testing in cooperation with the equipment manufacturer. Prepare technical SOP's as required for Medical or Scientific Director review and approval. Prepare assay validation reports and other assay-related documentation as defined by the Scientific Director and Medical Director. Under supervision, assist and/or coordinate technical transfer of new assays and procedures to appropriate department. Under supervision, assist, as needed, in the training of lab personnel on new procedures. Keep Scientific Director and/or Lead Scientist informed about status of ongoing projects. Prepare written and oral presentations of scientific updates for presentation at R&D meetings and conferences; prepare presentations for internal journal clubs.Maintain awareness of current and developing technologies. With appropriate approvals, interact with outside sources of emerging technologies, science, and materials.Add input to annual review for research personnel supervised while working on special projects. Complies with industry regulatory and quality standards. Assists operations personnel with troubleshooting, including reviewing procedural execution for possible cause of out of control results. Carries out simple troubleshooting procedures and performs R&D problem solving experiments as instructed.Responsibilities include working with infectious materials, supporting and complying with the company hazardous waste handling practices.Identifies problems, investigates alternatives, and recommends possible courses of action. Maintains knowledge of technological developments that may assist in the completion of an assignment or lead to new products, processes or procedures by reading current literature. Effectively utilizes and applies advanced methods or technologies. Contributes ideas for new product development typically within existing markets. To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience: BS/BA in Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field required. Higher degree preferred.5+ years relevant experience in a research and development laboratory for candidates with a BS/BA degree; 2+ years of experience for candidates holding an MS/MA degree; 0-2 years of experience for candidates holding a Ph. D. degreeExperience with microbiology assay development and optimization is strongly preferred.Experience with serology assay development is a plus.Ability to read and interpret documents such as professional journals, operating instructions, and procedure manuals.Ability to write complete reports and correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively in one-on-one and small group situations.Ability to apply mathematical concepts to problem-solving situations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance and correlation.Solid skills with Microsoft Office products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.Medical Technology experience is not required but a plus.Proven ability to accomplish technical tasks both independently and as a member of a research team. Apply Today Join us for competitive benefits and development opportunities in a progressive and supportive environment. Help us improve our service, and the experiences of our patients and colleagues. Work with us and together we can be better. Your Quest career. Seek it out. All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.