Career Opportunities

Senior Scientist – Diagnostic Assay Development

To apply, please fill out the online application form on this page. In the online form, candidates are expected to detail their experience with real-time PCR assay design and optimization. Candidates should also upload a cover letter and CV (including publication list) in the form prior to submission.

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We are seeking a senior level scientist with experience in clinical diagnostic assay and/or product development to assist in managing our expanding R&D pipeline. Candidates must have scientific team management experience in an industry setting and exceptional molecular biology skills, with extensive experience in PCR and/or qPCR design and optimization. Specific experience in HIV and/or other infectious disease genetics is desirable.

Our Senior Scientist will work closely with Aldatu’s Chief Science Officer to manage multiple HIV diagnostic R&D projects and a scientific staff of 3-5 qPCR technology specialists, in addition to performing independent lab work as part of the company’s R&D efforts. We expect that the Senior Scientist will split their time more or less evenly between lab work and management/operations-related responsibilities.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the Chief Science Officer in leading and managing the research team
  • Work closely with the executive team on strategic R&D and product development planning, including milestone and key performance indicator identification/reporting for all ongoing projects
  • Assist with management and prioritization of the work of a 3-5 member research team working on multiple ongoing projects
  • Provide day-to-day technical guidance to and supervision of research team members
  • Independent of management responsibilities, plan and execute qPCR design and optimization experiments as part of the company’s R&D efforts
  • Record and analyze data in a thorough and timely manner
  • Prepare and organize results for both internal use (e.g. regular company meetings) and external use (e.g. NIH progress reports, grant applications, academic and/or industry partner communications, investor meetings, etc.)
  • Serve as primary point of contact for contract manufacturing partners
  • Draft protocols and SOPs for company-wide implementation, and provide training for new and existing research staff

Requirements and Competencies:

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, virology, genetics, or a related life sciences field
  • Strong experience with PCR and quantitative real-time PCR, including primer/probe design and probe-based real-time PCR optimization
  • Nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) purification and handling expertise
  • Experience managing and mentoring a research team in an industry setting
  • Experience working with quality and regulatory requirements under which diagnostic products are developed, commercialized, and supported (i.e. FDA, EU CE-IVD)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an integrated project team
  • Ability to learn new software and systems, including ELN software
  • Desire to contribute more broadly across a growing start-up organization
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
Preferred / Desired
  • Demonstrated interest in infectious disease and/or global health
  • Experience with CRO management
  • Proposal writing experience, with demonstrated award track record
  • Project management experience, with formal training/certification
  • Facility with sequence alignment software
  • Proficient PC skills

Application Form

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  • Please outline:
    • • the types of qPCR that you have used (i.e. probe-based / SYBR etc)
    • • the specific applications in which you have used qPCR (i.e. SNP detection, copy number variation etc)
    • • your role in the design and analysis stages, and approaches used.
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