Associate Scientist, Immunology in Marlborough, MA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 1/2/2020

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Job Description

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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.

At Quest, our R&D professionals play an essential role in our success and in the services we provide. As a career, we offer a unique opportunity to develop your career with the #1 Diagnostic Lab in the US. We are research and development driven, and we’re creating the lab of the future – an environment where you can deliver cutting edge diagnostics and help us drive new discoveries and breakthroughs.

This on-site position is based from our Marlborough, MA location.

Associate Scientist – the role

As a member of the Immunology R&D Laboratory, the Associate Scientist will work alongside other Scientists and Operations staff from various sub-specialty groups in the development of mammalian cell culture protocols and other methods such as ELISA, high sensitivity immunoassays and cell based assays. This professional will carry out daily lab routines necessary to keep the lab in compliance. The Associate Scientist will also be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing basic R&D experiments.


Job responsibilities:

  • Plans, conducts and records results from moderately complex analysis, manufacturing, development or research experiments within a specific product or technology area. Performs laboratory experiments following established protocols and company procedures.

  • Reports status of assigned projects through the preparation of detailed reports and documentation that summarize experiment results. Interprets results of experiments and makes recommendations for improvements.

  • Works on individual assignments, as a member of a project team, or as a leader of small work groups on segments of projects. Presents experimental results to supervisor or project team members and contributes ideas to improve team processes.

  • Identifies problems and investigates alternatives. Follows recommended courses of action. Works with team members and other Business Unit personnel as appropriate to meet department and project objectives.

  • May assist in preparing articles and reports for publication or presentation at scientific meetings or to customers.

  • May attend technical conferences or seminars. Reads literature in area of specialization to enhance awareness of technological developments that may assist in the completion of an assignment or lead to new products, processes or procedures.

  • Responsibilities include supporting and complying with the company's hazardous waste management program, including following safe hazardous waste handling practices.

  • Utilizes current field-specific core technologies and approaches to problem solving. Contributes ideas for new product development typically within existing markets.

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


  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A./B.S.) in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related scientific discipline. 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.
  • Previous mammalian cell culture experience required.
  • Experience with ELISA, high sensitivity immunoassays and cell based assays.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency expected.
  • Experience in a GMP or QSR environment is an advantage.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance and correlation techniques.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Knowledgeable in the use of common laboratory equipment and safe chemical handling.

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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.

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