We are looking for a Head of Assay Development who will be responsible for leading the development of novel, multi-omic assays for veterinary applications.
Liquid biopsy approaches leveraging the power of next generation sequencing (NGS) and other emerging technologies are poised to revolutionize human oncology in coming years. We aim to do the same for the veterinary space – faster, and with no compromise in quality and scientific integrity. We are developing liquid biopsy assays for the detection, characterization, and management of cancer in pets, starting with dogs – who have a 10x higher annual incidence of cancer compared to humans. If you love pets and cutting-edge science, you will fit right in.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Build and lead a team developing cutting-edge, high-throughput molecular assays using genomic and proteomic approaches in a laboratory that aims to approximate CAP/CLIA standards for veterinary applications.
Lead the assay design and validation process from project inception and scoping through product launch, including:
- Content selection to match envisioned clinical use cases;
- Assay design (optimized for performance, quality & reliability, and efficiency);
- Validation study design and sample selection;
- Hands-on analytical/clinical/end-to-end validation in the laboratory;
- Workflow and SOP development; and
- Tech transfer to clinical lab team.
- Ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams to determine product requirements.
- Manage projects and day-to-day operations of the laboratory R&D staff.
- Author analytical and clinical validation internal summaries as well as manuscripts intended for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Perform hands-on experiments as necessary, and train / supervise staff in the performance of such experiments.
- Assist with development of automation processes.
- Provide flexible support for other activities including emerging technology assessment, LIMS consulting, instrument troubleshooting, etc.
- Mentor and direct scientific laboratory staff.
- Manage CROs, contractors, and other parties that provide external support for Assay Development processes.