Associate Scientist, Infectious Disease Diagnostics in San Juan Capistrano, CA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 11/15/2021

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Job Description

Look for more than answers.

Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic 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 Associate 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.

The Associate Scientist will work on-site from our San Juan Capistrano, CA location.

Associate Scientist, Infectious Disease Diagnostics the role:

The Associate Scientist participates on a team of scientists in the development of state-of-the-art assays for infectious diseases. The Associate Scientist will plan, organize, and implement basic experiments to achieve this goal. 

Job responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Scientific Director, Lead Scientist or R&D Manager, initiate experimental design for assay development.
  • Conduct assay system development, optimization and validation.
  • Under licensed 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 (licensed) review and approval.
  • Prepare assay validation reports and other assay-related documentation as defined by the licensed Scientific Director and Medical Director.
  • Work closely with informatics personnel to develop computer programs and databases as required for assay execution, automation and data management.
  • Under licensed supervision, assist technical transfer of new assays and procedures to appropriate department.
  • Under licensed supervision, assist, as needed, in the training of lab personnel on new procedures.
  • Provide scientific supervision and guidance to research associates in the routine execution of their laboratory work.
  • Keep Scientific Director and/or R&D manager informed about status of on-going projects.
  • Prepare written and oral presentations of scientific updates for presentation at R&D meetings and conferences.
  • Maintain awareness of current and developing technologies.
  • Interact with Academic Associates and other 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 for the R&D Assay Design Control processes.
  • Assists licensed supervisor 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 hazard 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:

  • Requires knowledge and skills normally acquired through the successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree (B.A./B.S.) in Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related scientific discipline. Master's Degree (M.A. /M.S.) preferred. Typically requires at least 1 year of prior relevant experience often acquired in an academic or industrial environment with a Master's degree, or at least 2 - 4 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience with molecular assay development and optimization. PCR optimization, primer design, DNA sequencing experience is highly desirable.
  • Solid skills with Microsoft Office products – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Clinical Laboratory Training or Laboratory Scientist Licensure is not required but a plus.

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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.

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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 or Citizenship.