Research and Development Scientist (Infectious Disease Program)

DNA Genotek
Job Location
Ottawa, ON

DNA Genotek, a wholly owned subsidiary of OraSure Technologies Inc., is a Canadian biotech company that has become the recognized world leader in DNA collection products.  Our success is based on the strong relationships we've built with our customers and the exceptional talent of our employees.  We pride ourselves on offering a fun, positive and high performance environment that supports the continued growth and development of all employees.  We hope you are interested in joining our team as we are currently in search of a Research and Development (R&D) Scientist for our Infectious Disease Program.

Job Description

You are a highly innovative scientist familiarized with new scientific trends, molecular biology technologies, public health challenges, and infectious disease research and/or diagnostics. You have a strong knowledge of chemical, biochemical and molecular principles of nucleic acids.   Your resourcefulness will be leveraged as you deal with complex concurrent projects and work towards strong conclusions in the face of new and challenging areas of scientific uncertainty.  You will have the opportunity to advance your scientific career by publishing scientific papers and generating patents, where appropriate.  You will assume responsibilities for R&D activities directed towards the introduction of future products to meet new market opportunities.  

Additionally you will:

  • Design, develop, innovate and execute laboratory experiments
  • Perform hands-on experiments
  • Manage project timelines, including directing Lab Technologist research activities     
  • Participate in formal processes to support the transition from research to product introduction
  • Participate in a wide range of scientific discussions
  • Make presentations to scientific staff and management
  • Prepare scientific papers and company white papers
  • Review scientific literature in areas of interest to the company
  • Assist in the development and refinement of laboratory protocols as required for Good Laboratory Practice
  • Assist in the preparation of patents and/or regulatory submissions arising from DNA Genotek research activities

Education Required:

  • PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, virology and/or cell biology plus a minimum of 2 post-doctoral years of additional training.  In exceptional cases, an equivalent combination of relevant job experience and on-the-job training may be suitable.


Experience and Other Requirements:

  • Prior experience in an industry setting or in a public health setting involving infectious disease research and/or diagnostic testing is required
  • Experience in nucleic acid biochemistry or infectious disease is required
  • Experience developing complex experimental designs within research and/or regulatory      settings
  • Knowledge of product requirements/considerations that may impact public health sector uptake
  • Ability to multitask and work simultaneously on multiple projects with varying levels of overlap
  • Ability to write concise documents and attention to detail in writing and experimental planning
  • Demonstrated strong problem-solving and scientific abilities
  • Experience supervising is an asset
  • Strong academic standing and record of scientific publications
How to Apply

To apply, please forward your resume to: [email protected]

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