Senior Scientist- Diagnostics R&D, Assay Development

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Position Summary

The VMRD Global Diagnostics Team is seeking to fill an R&D Scientist position at our Kalamazoo site. We are in need of an experienced molecular biologist with core expertise in molecular diagnostics, assay design, product development, product commercialization, and platform integration.

Their key duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Design, develop, validate, and launch molecular assays for veterinary diagnostic use
  • Integrate these assays into diagnostic platforms meant for use at the Point of Care and in reference labs
  • Design and execute bench level experiments, analyze and interpret data, and be able to clearly communicate the results of that work
  • Work in a team environment and operate cooperatively to creatively overcome challenges and technical hurdles while adhering to the project plan timelines and deliverables
  • Use your knowledge and expertise to help guide the development and commercialization of these assays

Key Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in an applicable field (Biology, Microbiology, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, etc) with 5-7 years of experience in industrial product development.
  • Masters or PhD in an applicable field with 5 years of experience in industrial product development.

  • Experience in designing, developing, and commercializing diagnostic assays is required.
  • Experience in delivering products to the market; showing a knowledge of stage gate processes, cross-team alignment and execution, and product development methodology.
  • Experience in animal and veterinary health, or any applied market, is preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of designing and developing molecular assays (qPCR, isothermal PCR, arrays, etc.) for use by customers and the field.
  • Deep knowledge and experience in integrating assays into consumables and instrumentation is preferred.
  • Expert in laboratory techniques, with deep experience in Design of Experiments and data reporting.
  • Strong familiarity with Design for Manufacturing and manufacturing transfer activities.
  • Participation in at least one assay/instrument development project through the entire product life cycle is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements for licensure of diagnostic test kits preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a high level of work quality and operating effectively in a team environment.
  • Experience in leading a team of scientists through the development and commercialization process as a project leader or manager is preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communicator; experience in writing scientific study protocols and reports, project proposals, communications and technical summaries to leadership, patent support, and technical documents for marketing and product launch support.
  • Familiarity with JMP and e-lab books preferred.

Additional Responsibilities
  • Act as a technical resource and SME within the project teams.
  • Coordinate and plan work as a team, but conduct work independently.
  • Show proactiveness and creativity in generating desired outcomes through efficient and results-driven experimental design.
  • Ability to develop and use novel techniques for troubleshooting and optimization.
  • Readily recognize unmet technical needs and gaps, and proactively seek to address them.
  • Improve and optimize current processes and methods.
  • Exhibit a high level of responsibility for delivery of technical goals, milestones, and deliverables.
  • Excellent oral communicator and writer; must be able to convey complex scientific concepts clearly and concisely for a diverse audience on a regular basis.
  • Experience in authoring/contributing to publications preferred.

Full time



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