The Research Scientist will work within the assay development team, an interdisciplinary team developing molecular diagnostic assays for infectious diseases and genetic tests, at QuantuMDx’s laboratory’s in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
A key success factor for this position is the ability to work in a fast paced, cross functional group environment, with a willingness to be hands-on across a wide area of responsibilities.
This ideal candidate is an individual who has recently achieved a PhD and has some industry or post doc experience. Of importance is the individual must possess a great capacity and desire for taking on new responsibilities and challenges as the company grows.
This position is responsible for supporting the development of clinical & scientific research in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) products in the areas of nucleic acid testing. The initial focus of the work will be to develop a PCR, microarray and sequencing assays for the companies target diseases. These assays will be translated to the company’s hand-held molecular diagnostic device.
Main duties and responsibilities
Performs a combination, but not necessarily all, of the following duties:
-To support the development, optimisation and commercialization of a range of proprietary diagnostic assays.
-To be part of the assay development team based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne advancing the molecular biology used in Q-POC assays.
-To work not only within the assay development team, but also to provide scientific support and expertise to QuantuMDx’s wider research group globally. This may require travelling to QMDx’s other labs and QuantuMDx’s partners labs.
-To learn the techniques utilized by the company within the fields of DNA extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, microarray design and apply them to develop and optimise Q-POC.
-To adhere to all of QMDx’s Quality Assurance (QA) Systems.
-QMDx’s QA Systems include: Document Controls; Purchasing Controls; Identification and Traceability; Production and Process Control; CAPAs; Labeling and Packaging; Material and Product Handling, Storage and Distribution; Equipment Installations; Manufacturing Records; Maintenance and Service.
-To support the development of policies and procedures and to input into the QA/QC process.
-To work with senior management to ensure the company’s research is fully compliant with Quality System Regulations (QSRs) that meet FDA, IVDD, and ISO expectations.
-To disseminate research data internally and externally via papers, attendance at meetings/conferences and public speaking opportunities.
-Write and review grant application, patents and peer reviewed journal articles when required.
-To provide support to the commercialization activities of the company.