Sonic Healthcare USA

  • Molecular Research and Development Scientist

    Job Location US-TX-Austin
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    Regular Full-Time
    First shift
  • Overview


    Responsible for R&D, validation/verification of diagnostic molecular tests, and production implementation of tests. Work closely with Laboratory Director to explore, design, evaluate and optimize assays to demonstrate the feasibility of potential new products and technologies to enhance test menu and identify cost savings. Translates projects into Project Management timelines and adheres to delivery dates. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong background in clinical molecular diagnostics.



    Molecular Laboratory Director.



    Ability to advance to senior scientist in Research and Development


    Job Functions/Duties/Responsibilities

    This section is used to detail the functions/duties/responsibilities of the position and to initially assess the employee’s level of competency in each of the job functions as outlined.  Essential job functions are those responsibilities with greater than 10% priority weight.  All high risk/high volume and high risk/low volume areas will be reviewed on an annual basis on the employee’s Performance Development Map.


    Job Function/Duties/Responsibilities


    1.      Research and Development


    a. Responsible for the R&D and validation/verification of new/novel diagnostic molecular tests and facilities production implementation.


    b. Translates R&D projects into Project Management timelines and adheres to delivery dates.


    c. Facilitate the implementation of LIS components associated with assays.


    d. Works closely with Laboratory Director to enhance test menu but also work with production staff to identify cost savings with respect to equipment, assays, etc.


    e. Reviews scientific and clinical literature for assay development and improvement.


    2.      Utilizes technical skills and abilities to perform duty


    a. Autonomous, works independently to complete research and development


    b. Ability to competently develop and perform all tests in moderate and high complexity testing.


    c. Can develop and follows laboratory procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analysis, reporting, and maintaining records of patient results.


    d.  Ability to troubleshoot test systems and take appropriate action where indicated.



    2.    Utilizes job knowledge, judgment, and problem solving skills to ensure quality


    a.    Follows established policies and procedures for quality control performance and documentation.


    b.    Performs and documents scheduled and unscheduled preventative maintenance.


    c.     Understands and follows all safety, infection control, and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen guidelines.



    3.    Effectively utilizes departmental resources


    a.    Demonstrates efficiency by performing tasks rapidly and determining priority.


    b.    Utilizesappropriate supplies with minimal waste.


    c.     Operates equipment to maximize efficiency and minimize down time.


    d.    Utilizes unstructured time constructively.



    4.    Utilizes personal and professional skills to promote customer relations.


    a.    Communicates with laboratory staff to ensure quality patient care.


    b.    Maintains and supports a service oriented relationship with its customers.


    c.     Respects and maintains the confidentiality of information relative to clients and patients.


    d.    Strives to maintain a positive work environment.



    5.    Enthusiastically performs miscellaneous research and development related duties with completion in a designated time frame.


    a.    Writes validation and/or verification plans and summaries, and standard operating procedure of the developed assay




    BS or MS in Medical Technology, Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics (Molecular Genetics), Biochemistry or other equivalent curriculum and experience. Preferred MS in Molecular Biology



    MS Degree with one to three years or BS Degree with three to five years of laboratory experience in Molecular Biology.



    Knowledge and skills related to various molecular technologies and techniques/methodologies, including both assay setup and data analysis is key to this position. Hands-on experience on molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid sample preparation, PCR, RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, allele specific PCR, Real time PCR, melting curve analysis, SNP detection. Strong theoretical understanding of these techniques. Ability to collect and analyze data using statistical methods, and write accurate and concise validations plans and summaries, standard operating procedure (SOP), clinical documents, memos, and correspondence.  Ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the laboratory and with laboratory clients. Ability to work both independently or in collaboration and able to prioritize good general laboratory and organizational skills. Favorable consideration will be given to individuals with previous experience working in a clinical laboratory setting.




    Additional Information

    - Exposure to toxic/caustic/chemicals/detergents
    - Exposure to dust/fumes/helicopter
    - Exposure to communicable diseases
    - Exposure to moving mechanical parts
    - Blood borne pathogen exposure
    - Exposure to potential electrical shock
    - Gaseous risk exposure
    - Vision acuity - far
    - Crawling
    - Climbing
    - Balance
    - Lifting / carrying
    - Pushing / pulling
    - Stooping, kneeling, bending
    - Depth perception
    - Hearing acuity
    - Repetitive arm/hand movements
    - Eye-hand-foot coordination
    - Manual dexterity (eye/hand coordination)
    - Finger dexterity
    - Color vision
    - Vision acuity - near
    - Manage stress appropriately
    - Make decisions under pressure
    - Manage anger / fear / hostility / violence of others
    - Handle multiple priorities
    - Work alone
    - Work in confined and / or crowded areas
    ( x )   INSIDE: Spends approximately 38 hours or more per week inside.
    (    )    OUTSIDE: Spend approximately 2 hours per week outside (driving/running work related errands).
    (    )    BOTH: The activities occur inside and outside in approximately equal amounts.
    WORK POSITIONS (defined in 10% increments of work time): Sitting   40      Standing    20_    Walking   40___   
    ( x   ) SEDENTARY WORK: Lifting 10 lbs.  maximum and occasional lifting and/or carrying articles.
    (  x  )  LIGHT WORK: Lifting 20 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying articles weighing up to 10 lbs.
    (  x  )  MEDIUM WORK: Lifting 50 lbs. Maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 lbs.
    (    )  HEAVY WORK: Lifting 100 lbs. Maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
    (   )  VERY HEAVY WORK: Lifting objects in excess of 100 lbs. with frequent lifting and/or carrying of  objects weighing more than  50 lbs.
    (   )  Ability to lift, push, and pull with assistance (mechanical or co-worker) the weight of an average patient specific to the department. 


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