Scientist II, Biodefense and Food Safety – Austin, TX
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Key Responsibilities of the Job:
o Assay development relevant to Biodefense and Food Safety
o Supervise and conduct laboratory experimental work
o Design and construction of Controls for QC release of products
o Be the liaison between Luminex and third parties if outsourcing is desired
o Design evaluation experimental studies, data analysis, and summarize study results and findings
o Troubleshooting experiments
o Lead role in writing protocols, kit documentation, SOPs and reports
o Provide advice and guidance to Biodefense and Food Safety and train Associate Scientists.
o Openly interact with Director of Research to resolve critical issues and concerns affecting performance of Research staff.
o Be part or lead of a project core team for assay development and evaluation studies
o Actively participate in the design and development of research projects
o Participate in design of grant and contract proposals
o “Hands on” experience with nucleic acid laboratory procedures, preferably on Luminex platforms
o Good theoretical and practical understanding of nucleic-acid based detection technology in general
o Previous work experience in analytical or method validation, preferably in GLP/GMP laboratory a plus
o Reasonable understanding of Design Control (21 CFR 820, ISO 13485) a plus
o High level of skill at writing scientific and technical documents, as evidenced by authorship on publications
o Learning on the Fly—learns quickly/open to change
o Peer Relationship—cooperative, team player, trusted and supported by peers
o Presentation Skills—effective in all settings such as one-on-ones, with small or large groups, with peers or bosses, etc.
o Priority Setting—focuses on what is most important
o Problem Solving— identifies complex problems and reviews related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
o Works well under pressure
o Written Communications—effectively communicates in writing
o Minimum B.Sc. with 7 years relevant work experience; OR
o M.Sc with 5 years experience; OR
o PhD. with 2 years experience
o Highly organized with proven time management and project management skills
o Good interpersonal skills
o Good written and verbal communication skills
Required Work Experience:
o Minimum of 5 years experience in nucleic acid assay design or related experience
o Minimum of 2 years in a biotech manufacturing related setting
o Experience leading an assay design/development team
o Experience in assay development in nucleic acids
o Experience in a GMP and/or FDA regulated environment a plus
o Experience working independently in a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing priorities
o Experience with applying for and working with extramural funding a plus
o Must work onsite at Luminex office at least 90% of the time
o Travel may be required approximately: 10% of the time
o Work is performed in a typical laboratory environment. Occasional work in a BSL-II laboratory is required.
o Possible exposure to biological or chemical hazards.
o Lifting/Use of Strength is Light (up to 20 pounds)
o Climbing on the job is required: Never--This job does not require the demand.
o Kneeling on the job is required: Occasionally--Up to 33% of the time
o Reaching on the job is required: Occasionally--Up to 33% of the time
o Stooping on the job is required: Occasionally--Up to 33% of the time
o Vision (Color) on the job is required: Occasionally--Up to 33% of the time
Please submit your resume and references online, through email, postal mail, or fax. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.
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