Cytogenetics Scientist in San Juan Capistrano, CA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 6/22/2022

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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 R&D Professional you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge.

Cytogenetics Scientist, the role:

The Cytogenetics Scientist, plans, conducts and records results from moderately complex analysis, manufacturing, development or research experiments related to development and clinical validation of primarily FISH assays.  

This professional advances technology necessary to develop state-of-the-art assays, and plans, organizes, and implements basic experiments to achieve this goal. The Scientist trains and provides scientific direction to scientific personnel of various levels as needed. The Cytogenetics Scientist also provides scientific design and statistical analysis.

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.
  • Under licensed supervision, assist and/or coordinate 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 ongoing 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.
  • Compile with industry regulatory and quality standards for the R&D Assay Design Control processes.
  • Assist licensed supervisor with troubleshooting, including reviewing procedural execution for possible cause of out of control results. Carrie out troubleshooting procedures and performs R&D problem solving experiments as instructed.

To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • BS/BA in Biology, Genetics or related field required. Higher degree preferred.
  • 5+ years relevant experience in a research and development laboratory for candidates with a BS/BA degree; 2-5 years’ experience for candidates holding an MS/MA degree; 0-2 years’ experience for candidates holding a Ph. D. degree.
  • Experiences in FISH, chromosomal microarray, karyotype analysis, and assay and instrument validation are preferred.
  • Proven ability to accomplish technical tasks both independently and as a member of a research team.

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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.