Principal Scientist - Assay Development

Hologic - San Diego
Job Location
San Diego, CA
Job Description

Hologic is seeking a Principle Scientist responsible for initiating, directing and executing scientific research and/or development strategies.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Will supervise a team of Scientists or RA’s.
  • Dedicated to one project or a portion of a complex project, including feasibility and troubleshooting projects.
  • Independently develops intellectual property.
  • Defines tasks and plans the work required to meet project milestones.
  • Ensures data, protocols and reports meet project objectives
  • Maintains project documentations in accordance with internal and external requirements.
  • Writes technical reports, scientific publications.
  • Represent company in project and technology presentations to external groups.
  • May participate in external collaborations.
  • Collaborate with other R&D groups and functional areas to meet project requirements.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required:

  • Experience in IVD product development is highly desirable. 
  • Extensive knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related disciplines
  • Extensive knowledge of nucleic acid amplification technologies as well as nucleic acid isolation and purification
  • Strong understanding of statistical analysis
  • Ability to design both standard and factorial experiments appropriate for assay development across several assay and instrument systems
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve complex technical issues across multiple assays and platforms
  • Ability to analyze complex data and come to valid scientific conclusions
  • Leadership skills as a technical leader and technical decision maker
  • Ability to plan project tasks effectively, keep to timelines and prioritize
  • Very good technical writing skills
  • Ability to prepare and present studies to medium and large groups both internally and externally
  • Ability to write invention disclosures and support patent filings
  • Ability to hire, motivate and retain staff appropriate for team


  • BS and 10-12 years related experience or MS and 6-8 years or PhD and 3-6 years related experience in a scientific discipline


  • Advanced knowledge of scientific principles and concepts



Agency and Third Party Recruiter Notice:

Agencies that submit a resume to Hologic must have a current executed Hologic Agency Agreement executed by a member of the Human Resource Department. In addition Agencies may only submit candidates to positions for which they have been invited to do so by a Hologic Recruiter.  All resumes must be sent to the Hologic Recruiter under these terms or they will not be considered.


Hologic, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer & VEVRAA Federal Contractor


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About Our Organization

Hologic, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium molecular diagnostic products and services that are used to diagnose human diseases, screen donated human blood and to aid in biomedical research. Hologic is also a leader in the development, manufacturing and sales of medical imaging systems and biopsy devices as well as surgical and treatment products, with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women. Our business is dedicated to impacting the lives of people across the globe through the early detection of disease, improved diagnosis and less invasive treatments.


There has never been a more exciting time to join us. Bright people, working together to pioneer advances in human health care, have created Hologic's success. Our company believes that people are our greatest asset and only by recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining the most talented employees can we continue to be successful.  Our work atmosphere is stimulating, innovative and customer focused. We provide employees with state-of-the art tools and technology, a collaborative and passionate work environment and the ability to make a dramatic difference in the world of healthcare.


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