Director, Scientific Affairs

Focus Diagnostics
Job Location
Cypress, CA 90630

Medical, Dental & Vision insurance,  short- and long-term disability insurance,  401(k) with company match, paid time off, performance-based merit and bonus programs, adoption assistance, wellness screenings, employee stock purchase plan, flexible spending, employee assistance plan.   

Job Description

Director of Scientific Affairs, Focus Diagnostics

 As part of the Quest Diagnostics family, Focus Diagnostics, Inc. is committed to providing proven and reliable products its customers have grown accustomed to throughout the years. Since its founding in 1978, Focus Diagnostics has grown its business from specialized laboratory testing to manufacturing its high-quality laboratory tests for hospitals and commercial laboratories worldwide. These manufactured tests are built in response to diagnostic testing trends identified and evaluated by Focus Diagnostics and used in Quest Diagnostics’ national laboratories. 


We are currently seeking a Director of Scientific Affairs with experience in infectious diseases and/or the IVD industry.  Based in Cypress, CA,  the Director will have responsibility for directing the operations of the Field Application Scientist staff, as well as communications and collaborations relevant to scientific issues pertaining to the use of Focus Dx products.  


Essential Responsibilities include: 


  • Provide scientific/technical assistance to Sales and Marketing teams and present data at scientific meetings/conferences.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of scientific/clinical data and literature related to relevant company and competitor products and disease areas, and effectively transfer appropriate clinical/scientific information to key company personnel and external customers for business-related or educational purposes. 
  • Play a key role in the identification of investigators and other opinion leaders and in building and maintaining relationships with them.
  • Manage the Field Application Scientist team and ensure that systems are correctly installed, users are appropriately trained, service interruptions are minimized and new menu items are appropriately presented.
  • Speak at customer meetings and national meetings on behalf of Focus Dx. Capable of communicating clearly to a variety of audiences including international customers.
  • Analyze, interpret and report on customer trends and develop programs that address stakeholder needs and concerns.
  • Collaborate with R & D team to ensure Field Application Scientists are technically up to date with new and existing products.
  • Together with R&D, Marketing and Clinical Affairs, develop and implement a publication strategy as well as scientific and educational programs and communications.
  • Train and develop a skilled group of Field Application Scientists that interface with customers on a regular basis.  Also may train customers on technical issues including visiting clients at their sites. 
  • Travel up to 40%, some international.  



Requires Ph.D. with a minimum of 6-8 years experience in infectious disease and/or in vitro diagnostics. Previous experience with molecular IVD assays required.  Preference will be given to candidates who are board certified and have experience working in a clinical laboratory environment using molecular assays. The applicant should have excellent project management, time management, and people skills together with a sense of urgency to resolve customer issues quickly and accurately. Excellent public speaking skills required. Strategic thinking skills required in order to analyze customer trends and develop programs that address current and future stakeholder needs and concerns. Previous supervisor or manager experience required. Candidate must also have ability to synthesize information from scientific/medical literature and communicate responses to complex questions in scientific and layperson’s terms. Experience with FDA, ISO and other quality and regulatory requirements are necessary.


How to Apply

Candidates are encouraged to visit our career site and apply online at, Job ID#3739068.    Or, you may forward your CV to

Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

About Our Organization

Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services
that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. We offer the broadest access
to diagnostic testing services through our network of laboratories and patient service centers,
and provide interpretive consultation through our extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest
Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare
information technology solutions that help improve patient care.

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