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Staff Scientist, Molecular Oncology and Genetics in Chantilly, VA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 2/6/2019

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    Chantilly, VA
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Job Description

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At Quest, we are on a continuous journey of discovery and development. It’s this attitude that has made us an industry leader and the #1 Diagnostic Lab in the US. For those joining us, we offer exciting and fast moving career opportunities where you can affect change at a rate unheard of in many organizations of our size and scope. While we invest in and develop technology to drive our innovations, our ongoing success relies on our people.

As a Staff Scientist, Molecular Oncology and Genetics you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you will have the opportunity to collaborate and affect change while expanding your leadership skills and technical knowledge. You can make a real impact in a market that is growing and developing.

This role will be based from our Chantilly, VA location.

Staff Scientist, Molecular Oncology and Genetics – the role

The Staff Scientist, Molecular Oncology and Genetics exercises technical leadership in devising approaches to meet project objectives.  This professional plans, prepares, conducts and records complex bench level chemical/biochemical experiments, and also prepares reports and analysis of results as related to product/process development improvement. The Staff Scientist, Molecular Oncology and Genetics guides and mentors other scientists and project team members to accomplish project objectives.

Job responsibilities:

  • Devises experimental plans to accomplish project objectives. Conduct assay system development, optimization and validation.

  • Innovates new techniques and devises novel strategies to better accomplish project goals. Prepare technical SOP’s as required for Medical or Scientific Director (licensed) review and approval.

  • 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, project team members or to the broader organization and contributes ideas to improve team or organizational processes.

  • Provides leadership 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.

  • Prepares and/or contributes to articles for publication. Presents information at project meetings, scientific meetings or to customers.

  • Attends technical conferences or seminars. Is a subject matter expert in technologies 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.

  • Mentors other scientific personnel and provides expert technical advice to the broader organization

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

  • Requires knowledge and skills normally acquired through the successful completion of a PhD degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related scientific discipline. Requires five to seven (5-7) years of prior relevant experience often acquired in an academic or industrial environment. 

  • Non Ph.D (Master’s degree preferred; in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related scientific discipline) must have a distinguished record in either an academic or industrial setting, as demonstrated thought publications, patents, or technologies or products developed.

  • GMP/QSR experience preferred. Prior experience in design and validation of molecular diagnostic assays including NGS-based assays and clinical molecular testing desirable.

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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.*cb*