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(Archived) Scientist/Senior Scientist – Diagnostics R&D, Assay Development

Last Updated: 11/24/20

Job Description

Position Summary

The VMRD Global Diagnostics Team is seeking to fill a Scientist position at our Kalamazoo site. We are in need of a molecular biologist with core expertise and experience in molecular diagnostics, immunodiagnostics, assay design, product development, and platform integration.

Their key duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Design, develop, validate, and launch assays for veterinary diagnostic use; including molecular assays, immunoassays, and high-sensitivity immunoassays
  • 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 deliverable

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 and developing diagnostic assays is highly preferred. 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 is preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of designing and developing molecular assays (qPCR, isothermal PCR, arrays, etc.) and immunoassays (ELISA, LFAs, HSIA, etc.) for use by customers and the field.
  • Deep knowledge and experience in integrating assay content onto instrumentation.
  • 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
  • Familiarity with USDA 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
  • 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 pro-activeness 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 deliverable.
  • 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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Parsippany, New Jersey, United States

Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in more than 100 countries.