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Location Town of Westborough, MassachusettsJob ID 21-87106
The R&D group at Labcorp in Westborough, MA is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Scientist to join their team to support assay development for clinical testing. The selected candidate will innovate, design and execute proof-of-concept studies, provide technical expertise in assay development and perform validation studies for regulatory submission and implementation into a clinical lab. This is an exciting opportunity to join a collaborative group of scientists in the innovation and development of assays to support clinical genetic testing. This is a PhD entry level position. Open to hiring newly minted PhD graduates - no postdoctoral experience required!
Location: 3400 Computer Dr., Westborough, MA 01581
Design proof-of-concept studies for molecular assay design and development
Develop and validate complex molecular diagnostic assays with specific emphasis on NGS methods and perform critical analysis of the data and interpretation
Design and execute analytical verification and validation studies for regulatory submissions
Collaborate with bioinformaticians to develop NGS analysis pipelines for DNA and RNA sequencing data
Evaluate commercial products for feasibility and applicability in a clinical lab setting
Maintain detailed and organized documentation on all work in laboratory notebooks
Prepare and present study reports, summary reports at departmental meetings and project meetings
Train clinical personnel (technologists, supervisors, directors, QC) on assays and provide troubleshooting support including any additional experimentation and/or data re-analysis
Keep abreast of current literature pertinent to the project or departmental areas of interest and discuss papers in a round-table Journal Club forum among scientists with various backgrounds
Publish scientifically relevant data in peer reviewed journals
Participate and present findings at conferences
Participate in the development of patent applications, if applicable
PhD in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or a related field plus 0 - 3 year's relevant work or postdoctoral experience.
Strong background and technical expertise in design, development and optimization of molecular assays, especially NGS-based assays and data analysis
Knowledge of biostatistics and bioinformatics
Coding skills in R, Python, Perl or other similar language
Strong documentation, organization and critical thinking skills
Ability to work under tight deadlines and changing priorities in a dynamic, collaborative environment
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
Clinical assay development in oncology, reproductive genetics or infectious disease