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Senior Scientist

Bellevue, Wa, Washington, United States

Ref#: 3477

Date published: 02/22/18

Intellectual Ventures (IV) Lab is part of Intellectual Ventures' efforts to support invention. IV Lab works on the very beginning stages of invention, validating the concept and refining the technology to demonstrate its potential for commercial or humanitarian use.  IV Lab believes in the power of independent and unconventional approaches to problems.  The broad range of Intellectual Ventures' invention activity provides IV Lab the opportunity for a breadth of expertise across fields including computer network security, computational modeling, electrical and mechanical engineering, software development, chemistry, microbiology, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, medical devices, and aerospace engineering.  IV Lab's unique environment has attracted veteran technologists and scientists from leading companies and renowned academic, government and private laboratories.

The Flow Dx  Group invents, designs, analyzes, prototypes, and tests new technologies to solve global health and global development challenges using a highly multidisciplinary approach. Staff members typically have advanced degrees in life sciences as well as Chemical, Electrical, Bio-  and Mechanical Engineering. The group is responsible for defining projects from available business problem information, and managing them all the way through early- to late-stage Research and Development, and often to the point of commercialization handoff.

The Flow-Based Diagnostics Group (Flow Dx) at IV Lab is looking for a diagnostic assay development scientist experienced in all aspects of lateral flow and microfluidics-based assay product development for the role of Senior Scientist. The successful candidate will be expected to be flexible and ambitious to assume different leadership roles and grow into new technical areas as needed.  He or she needs to demonstrate a high level of initiative and ability to work in a team and in close alignment with his/her management.

  • Designing and evaluating point of care diagnostic assays and assay components. Scope includes lateral flow immunochromatographic assays as well as other immuno-, NAAT, and culture-based assays. This includes both hands-on lab work as well as directing team members to perform the work
  • Plan and execute research activities in support of assay development projects and occasionally other biochemical R&D activities, including biomarker screening, process modeling, and (bio)chemical analytical methods
  • Project management support and possible project leadership of a multi-year, multi-track assay development project that is expected to result in a commercial product
  • Managing as well as carrying out assay product development efforts such as design, experimental verification, data review, and tests to characterize system and subsystem performance, including evaluations using clinical samples in lab and field settings
  • Lead internal and external facing publications, presentations, and partner discussions
  • Lead facilitation, coordination and alignment with internal and external partners in co-development, or productization/design for manufacturing
Key Qualifications and Required Skills:
  • PhD in biosciences or analytical chemistry with over ten years’ experience
  • 5 years+ assay development experience
  • Medical diagnostics R&D and commercial diagnostics development experience preferred
  • Experience with product development process
  • Expert knowledge of immunoassay R&D, experience with digital assays and lateral flow assays preferred
  • Ability and willingness to do hands-on lab work as well as supervise R&D projects
  • Operating knowledge of wide variety of analytical laboratory equipment, including lab robots
  • Analytical mindset, ability to use (and ideally design) modeling algorithms to simulate assay performance
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