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Molecular Research and Development Field Scientist
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #14438

Lighthouse Lab Services is the premier provider of Medical Lab Scientists in the country. Currently, we are seeking full-time Molecular R&D Field Scientist for a clinical laboratory to assist with COVID testing. The laboratory is located near Chicago, Illinois. 

Position Summary:

This laboratory is expanding and looking for a molecular biology scientist to develop the technology necessary to create state-of-the-art assays for microbiology, infectious diseases, genetics, genomics, and oncology with a special focus on PCR-based genotyping and next-generation sequencing-based laboratory-developed assays or IVD products. This scientist will plan, organize and implement basic experiments to achieve this goal as well as provide scientific design and statistical analysis.

This role is based in Chicago, IL and will require roughly 20% travel within the United States to perform R&D experiments, clinical validations at various locations. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

– Initiate experimental design, feasibility studies for assay development.

– Independently plan, direct and execute development experimental strategies to meet regulatory agency requirements.

– Conduct assay system development, optimization, and validation studies.

– Run experiments to evaluate new laboratory instrumentation and equipment for laboratory testing in cooperation with the equipment manufacturer. Anticipate potential problems and design preventative solutions. Determine strategic approach to experimental design.

– Under supervision assist and/or coordinate the technical transfer of new assays and procedures to the appropriate department.

– 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 Manager/Senior Scientist/Lab Director/CSO informed about the status of ongoing projects.

– Prepare written and oral presentations of scientific updates for presentation at R&D meetings and conferences.

– Manage a group of technologists or junior scientists for assay development and validations.

– Prepare technical SOP's as required for Manager/Senior Scientist/Lab Director/CSO’s review and approval.

– Prepare assay validation reports and other assay-related documentation as defined by the management.

– Work closely with informatics personnel to develop computer programs and databases as required for assay execution, automation, and data management.

Experience & Skills:

– BS/BA in Biology, Molecular biology, Biochemistry, or related field required. Higher degree preferred.

– 5+ years relevant industry experience in a research and development in a CLIA/CAP/FDA regulated laboratory for candidates with a BS/BA degree; 4+ years of industry experience for candidates holding an MS/MA degree, or a Ph. D. in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field with a minimum 1-year industry experience.

– Proven track record in developing Laboratory developed tests, IVD products or with a focus on molecular assays and systems

– A deep understanding of qPCR, RT-qPCR, and PCR reaction dynamics. Demonstrated experience with qPCR optimization, PCR primer/probe design, and DNA sequencing.

– Industry experience in developing and launching novel assays and products is a plus.

– Ability to read and interpret documents such as professional journals, operating instructions, and procedure manuals.

– Ability to write complete reports, SOPs, and correspondence.

– Ability to speak effectively in one-on-one and small group situations.


Salary and Benefits:

– 80k-120k salary (depending on experience)
– Health Benefits
– Holidays

About Us:

At Lighthouse Lab Services, we offer solutions to help start, grow, and run clinical laboratories. Our recruiting team has over 18 years of proven success placing job seekers in positions ranging from entry level Medical Technologists to seasoned Laboratory Directors. We recruit nationwide, for permanent and travel positions with clients ranging from small hospitals to large reference laboratories.

It is the policy of Lighthouse Lab Services to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Lighthouse Lab Services is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including people with disabilities. If at any time during the application process, you need an accommodation, please contact recruiting@lighthouselabservices.com for assistance.

Lighthouse Lab Services | 800-838-0602 | lighthouselabservices.com

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