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Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic testing, information, and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far-reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact, and a clear dedication to service. It’s about providing clarity and hope.
As an Associate Scientist, you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you will have the opportunity to collaborate and affect change while expanding your leadership skills and technical knowledge. You can make a real impact in a market that is growing and developing.
The Associate Scientist will work at on-site from our San Juan Capistrano location.
Associate Scientist, the role:
The Associate Scientist participates on a team of scientists in the development and transfer of cutting edge molecular diagnostic assays to the clinical laboratory. The Associate Scientist may also analyze NGS datasets to interpret identified DNA variants to assist with data analysis. This professional will be expected to work in the laboratory on-site regularly.
- Plans, conducts and records results from moderately complex analysis, manufacturing, development, or research experiments within the molecular oncology area. Performs laboratory experiments following established protocols and company procedures.
- Reports status of assigned projects through the preparation of detailed reports and documentation that summarize experiment results. Interprets results of experiments and makes recommendations for improvements.
- Works on individual assignments, as a member of a project team, or as a leader of small work groups on segments of projects. Presents experimental results to supervisor or project team members and contributes ideas to improve team processes.
- Identifies problems and investigates alternatives. Follows recommended courses of action. Works with team members and other Business Unit personnel as appropriate to meet department and project objectives.
- May assist in preparing articles and reports for publication or presentation at scientific meetings or to customers.
- May attend technical conferences or seminars. Reads literature in area of specialization to enhance awareness of technological developments that may assist in the completion of an assignment or lead to new products, processes, or procedures.
To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:
- Experience with PCR optimization, primer design, DNA sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is highly desirable.
- Requires knowledge and skills normally acquired through the successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree (B.A./B.S.) in Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related scientific discipline. Master's Degree (M.A. /M.S.) preferred. Typically requires at least 1 year of prior relevant experience often acquired in an academic or industrial environment with a Master's degree, or at least 2 - 4 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor's degree.
- Experience in developing products under design control or cGMP/QSR is a plus.
- Experience in a GMP or QSR environment is preferred.
Join us for competitive benefits and development opportunities in a progressive and supportive environment. Help us improve our service, and the experiences of our patients and colleagues. Work with us and together we can be better.
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All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity or Citizenship.