Senior Scientist, Hematology and Molecular Oncology in San Juan Capistrano, CA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 12/9/2019

Job Snapshot

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.

As a Senior Scientist you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge. You’ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspire colleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve.

Senior Scientist– the role

The Senior Scientist will be part of the Advanced Diagnostics R&D team, with a focus on the design, development, and validation of complex testing in the area of Hematology and Molecular Oncology.

This professional will plan, prepare, conduct and record complex experiments, analyze results and prepare reports related to product/process development and improvement. Activities may be focused individual projects or assignments as a member of a project team, which may include project leadership duties.

Job responsibilities

  • Develops, plans, conducts and records results from complex experiments within a specific product or technology area.

  • Performs laboratory experiments following defined 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 recommends alternative experiments.

  • Works within established parameters on individual assignments, on project teams for longer-term projects or as a leader for a project team or group. Presents experimental results to supervisor or project team members and contributes ideas to improve team processes.

  • Participates in technical decisions affecting product development issues. Identifies problems, investigates alternatives and recommends possible courses of action. Works with team members and other Business Unit personnel (operations, product transfer, project management, and quality departments) to meet department and project objectives.

  • Perform analytical validations and write technical standard operating procedures.

  • May prepare and/or contribute to articles for publication. Presents information at project meetings and may present findings at scientific meetings or to customers.

  • May attend technical conferences or seminars. 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.

  • Keep accurate and complete records of all experiments and record in electronic lab notebook.

  • Firmly adheres to the test design and development process.

To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following:  

  • Practical expertise in molecular biology in areas such as Sanger sequencing, DNA fragment analysis, pyrosequencing, flow cytometry, RT-PCR, ddPCR, NGS and RNA-seq preferred.

  • Requires knowledge and skills normally acquired through the successful completion of an advanced degree (M.A./Ph.D.) in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Oncology or related scientific discipline.

  • Requires two to five (2-5) years of prior relevant experience often acquired in an academic or industrial environment with a Ph.D., at least 4 years of relevant experience with a Master's degree, or at least 6 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor's degree.

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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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