Senior Scientist in Lee's Summit, MO at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 3/5/2018

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Opportunity: Direct Hire 

Position: Senior Scientist 

Shift: M-F 8am-5pm 

Travel: 5%-10% 

Job Description: 

  • Leadership of assay generation, design, development and validation efforts for both clinical and Biopharma product development
  • Provide leadership, supervision and technical guidance/oversight for Research Scientists, and for projects that these scientists are leading and contributing to ensure program productivity and efficiency
  • Work closely and effectively with VP of R&D to ensure that R&D projects are progressing and milestones are achieved pursuant to organization and/or client timelines
  • Manage performance of assigned laboratory scientists and support staff
  • Work closely and effectively with Research Scientists to prioritize use of equipment and facilities for maximum productivity and efficiency
  • Communication effectively with both internal and external clients regarding scientific issues/projects
  • Write verification/validation reports and SOPs in accordance with there guidelines
  • Maintain and enhance R&D laboratory resources (facilities, equipment, and reagents)
  • Ensure project cost objectives are met and communicated
  • Serve as team member on various ongoing and future new test idea generation projects
  • Develop and exhibit expertise in immunoassays, molecular assays, cell-based assays and other types of diagnostic assays
  • Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with clinical laboratory team to allow effective, coordinated assay transition from the R&D phase to clinical use
  • Develop an effective working relationship with Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance to assure R&D laboratory is in compliance witt’ established guidelines for documentation, quality and safety
  • When appropriate, recruit and hire a sufficient number of qualified and trained laboratory assistants to maintain and support R&D activities
  • When appropriate, conduct regular individual meetings with R&D Scientists that focus on execution of their respective responsibilities and project priorities
  • Communicate program objectives to cross-functional teams (clinical laboratory, regulatory teams)
  • Implement quality systems and quality assurance within diagnostic development efforts
  • Commitment to a high quality of work and at the same a high level of productivity
  • Maintain current knowledge of advances in pertinent scientific fields, as well as knowledge of applicable state and federal regulations germane to molecular and diagnostic laboratories, through attending lectures, seminar, professional conferences and courses
  • Regularly contribute to laboratory team meetings that focus on associate training, associate development and continuous improvement in laboratory processes
  • When appropriate, identify and develop training programs for R&D Scientists and dedicated staff
  • Preparation of poster presentations for national scientific meetings
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals
  • Represent department and the organization favorably and in accordance with established Company standards and associate attributes at all times
  • Active participation in team and company meeting
  • Participate in developing corporate goals, objectives, and systems
  • Other duties as assigned by management


  • Ph.D is preferred! 
  • Advance degree in microbiology, biology, biochemistry, or a related field

Must Haves: 

  • Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)
  • Bioinformatics and analytics experience
  • Work experience along with academic
  • Must be willing to travel 5%-10% of the time to different sites
  • Business and clinical experience

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