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In July of 2021, Labcorp exercised their option to acquire OmniSeq; a commercial, CAP accredited, CLIA, ISO 13485:2016 and NY State CLEP licensed clinical laboratory in Buffalo, NY. We utilize next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies through a NYS CLEP approved comprehensive molecular profiling panel. Our team is growing and excited to now operate as a critical piece of the Labcorp mission to improve health and improve lives by connecting insights from patients, practitioners, clinical trials, health systems and managed care partners through the promise of precision medicine.
Performs supervised simple and complex molecular tests in the Research and Development (R&D) laboratory to optimize oncology-based assay processes; including sample preparation, workflow, automation and analyte detection to support OmniSeq's molecular diagnostic testing.
PRIMARY DUTIES * Technical lead for developing, optimizing, validating and performing advanced diagnostic laboratory tests (ADLT) using Next-generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms and orthogonal genomic based methodologies. * Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to understand project objectives, gather workflow requirements, design tests, troubleshoot issues, and implement solutions. * Identifies, develops and carries out novel experiments in order to optimize the ADLTs for fast turnaround time, cost efficiency, scalability and eventual approval by regulatory agencies. * Establishes expertise in the operation of instrumentation and techniques. * Devise and execute training, where appropriate, to develop and elevate the technical skills within the team. * Support testing as part of clinical trial assays and contract research agreements. * Records and analyzes data to ensure QA/QC at each workflow step; ensures completeness and accuracy of data. * Processes blood and tissue samples provided to the laboratory; as needed for various projects. * Maintains strong relationships with instrument vendors and support specialists. * Support any and all collaborative services; including pharma, industry and academia * Able to interact with other departments, collaborators and healthcare providers in a professional manner * Continually assesses one's own skills/abilities * Enhances professional growth and development by participating in educational programs, distributing and reading current literature, conducting and participating in in-service meetings and workshops * May supervise or participate in the technical training of new staff and students in the laboratory * Participates in test development/validation projects, able to optimize assays and workflows, drafts SOP(s) for new procedures/tests * May supervise or participate in the technical training of new staff and students in the laboratory * Participates in test development/validation * Assumes beginning leadership role by demonstrating initiative and showing leadership skills in problem solving/conflict resolution * Demonstrates ability to interact effectively with executive leaders and department heads * Assist with and take on ownership of collaboration projects as they arise within the department and company * Responsible for managing and assisting medium-scale collaborative/pharma projects and assisting supervisor with larger-scale project management as well * Completes R&D tasks and training goals in a timely manner * Dependable and demonstrates good work ethic * Team player who is able to accomplish tasks in collaborative effort with other teammates * Motivated and highly engaged * Takes initiative in all R&D related duties * Demonstrates effective communication * Maintains a positive relationship with vendors.
The Research Scientist has considerable contact inside and outside the department and with other departments or divisions. The incumbent also has contact with major clients or account representatives, outside auditors, and members of the business community. Functional Job Requirements * Must have basic personal computer and Laboratory Information System skills. * Must have general knowledge of analyte specific testing requirements; specimen requirements for sample collection. Machines, Tools and Equipment Personal computer Laboratory Information System Various laboratory equipment and software analysis tools
Education and Experience 1. Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences (i.e. Molecular Genetics, Biology, Biotechnology, Medical Technology) and the equivalent of two (3) years of full-time professional clinical or research experience in a laboratory.
Preferred Qualifications 1. Strong Molecular Biology background (NGS) and experience processing tumor samples. 2. License to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in the State of New York; or eligibility for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in the State of New York. 3. Strong computer skills.