Director/Assistant Director of R &D, Assay Development

GeneDx, Inc
Job Location
Gaithersburg, MD

As a GeneDx employee you will become part of a company that has received national recognition and is a great place to work. We offer excellent full-time benefits to include 17 days paid time off per year, participation in the company's group health insurance, life, disability, 401K retirement plans. 

Job Description

Director/Assistant Director of R &D, Assay Development


An exciting opportunity is available for an outstanding scientist capable of fulfilling the role of Director/Assistant Director of Research and Development at GeneDx.  As the lead of the R&D team the candidate will be responsible for new assay development, improving current Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and molecular testing workflows and evaluating new technologies/novel assays and approaches. The position requires the candidate to engage in fundamental assay development and seamlessly transition their work into the clinical setting. The candidate must have a solid understanding of Next Generation Sequencing approaches and lead the team with creative solutions and advances in the area of molecular testing.


Key Responsibilities:


  1. Oversee the development of all new assays

  2. Play an active role in experimental design and existing assay improvement

  3. Work closely with the Director of technology transfer and validation to successfully integrate newly developed products

  4. Actively communicate the status of projects and contribute to the scientific strategy and implementation of novel methods

  5. Collaborate with the Bio-informatics team on new algorithm development



Key Experiences and Skills:


  1. Knowledgeable in the fundamentals of molecular biology and related protocols (including DNA/RNA preparation, DNA/RNA quantification, hybridization, PCR, multiplex amplification and bead-based solutions)

  2. Demonstrated NGS experience

  3. Rapidly acquire expertise in new techniques

  4. Works well across differing groups

  5. Good analytical and problem solving abilities

  6. Strong organizational, communication, and managerial skills

  7. Meets with assigned department staff to assist, teach, direct and supervise their activities related to the development of new and existing products

  8. Provides technical advice and assistance to department staff and other departments related to product development and improvement

  9. Contributes inventions, new designs or techniques which are of material significance in the solution of specific problems

  10. Keeps abreast of new scientific method and developments affecting the organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs or new design programs warranted by such developments


Advanced degree in related field preferred, 3+ years of management experience


How to Apply

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About Our Organization

GeneDx is a rapidly growing CAP and CLIA-certified diagnostic laboratory for molecular genetics. Our primary mission is to make clinical diagnostic testing available for people with genetic conditions and their families.  We apply cutting-edge technologies to provide a wide array of molecular genetic diagnostic tests, including whole exome sequencing and next-generation sequencing panels.  

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