Senior Research Scientist - Innovation

Exact Sciences San Diego , CA 92140

Posted 1 week ago

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Senior Research Scientist is responsible for independent research and product development and will work on a variety of projects in the area of sample and reagent preservation and integration in diagnostic platforms. They will be designing and conducting complex experiments, as well as independently making detailed observations, analyzing data and interpreting results.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the company's portfolio of ideas and products that have the potential to provide solutions to unmet needs in the market place.

  • Responsible for moving new ideas through the research and development phases.

  • Review current products to identify improvements and determine if they can be used differently to expand the potential customer base.

  • Responsible for identifying patentable inventions, acting as principal investigator in conducting experiments and assisting with pre-submissions for patents.

  • Design research plans and experiments to achieve technical project specifications.

  • Contribute technical knowledge to improve laboratory capabilities in research and development efforts.

  • Provide effective design, completion and analysis of complex experiments.

  • Research current scientific literature and contribute to the process of a project, as well as investigating, creating, and developing new methods and technologies for project advancement.

  • Generate landscapes that contain a summary of current market products and devices.

  • Develop and validate assays as needed.

  • Scientific trouble shooting and hands-on problem solving.

  • Handle human and animal blood and body fluids with confidence.

  • Simultaneous management of ongoing experiments.

  • Analyze and interpret complex data and solve complex problems through thoughtful decision making process.

  • Present clear project summaries in written and verbal formats to internal and external scientific and management teams.

  • Work with other departments for transfer of projects or knowledge.

  • Adhere to applicable regulatory guidelines.

  • Assists in hiring and directing the work of the Research Associates.

  • Support and comply with the company's Quality Management System policies and procedures.

  • Ability to work a normal schedule of Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

  • Regular and reliable attendance.

  • Other related duties as required and/or assigned.

  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds for approximately 10% of a typical working day.

  • Ability to work seated for approximately 50% of a typical working day. Ability to work standing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.

  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.

  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements

  • Ability to travel approximately 0-10% of working time.


Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or related field.

  • 5+ years of laboratory experience.

  • 3+ years of industry experience.

  • Knowledge of common laboratory techniques such as in PCR, qPCR, ELISA and cell culture.

  • Familiarity with DNA, RNA and protein-based techniques.

  • Basic statistical knowledge.

  • Demonstrate the ability to meet project goals and execute experiments.

  • Ability to work independently to plan and execute experiments.

  • Strong organization and time management.

  • Proficient in writing detailed technical documents and standard operation procedures.

  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with biological fluids such as blood, saliva, urine.

  • Track record of innovations through patents and publications in high profile journals.

  • Previous experience with sample and reagent preservation.

  • Experience with diagnostic assay development and FDA regulated products.


We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company's affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.

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