Scientist/Computational Biologist

Organization
Quest Diagnostics
Job Location
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Benefits

Comprehensive benefits package including Health Insurance, Paid Time Off, 401(K), and more.

Job Description

At Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, we understand urgency. But more than speed, we focus our energies on accuracy. Currently, we seek a Scientist - Computational Biologist.   May work in any of four geographical locations ( Chantilly VA;  San Juan Capistrano, CA or Alameda, CA).

Reporting to the Scientific Director, the Scientist will plan, prepare, & conduct experimentation;  prepare reports and analysis of results as related to product/process development improvement. Activities may be focused individual projects or assignments as a member of a project team which may include project leadership duties.

BASIC FUNCTION AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION:
Plans and conducts development of database structures, logic, and interface in a clinical diagnostics environment. Prepares reports and analysis of results relating to database/product/process development or improvement. Activities may be focused individual projects or assignments as a member of a project team which may include project leadership duties.

 IMPACT:
Successful performance of job duties contributes to the success of projects in support of product development activities. Impacts the ability of the project team to meet assigned goals.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

Design, develop, validate, and implement new database structures, processes, and interfaces relating to next-generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis, diagnostic testing development and validation, data quality review, and clinical reporting. Consult on process and technology improvements within R&D, Operations, and IT departments. Participate in resolution of support requests where database-related tools are used. Regularly report progress and prepare data analyses for internal review.

 

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:
Must have a demonstrable proficiency with database development. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Knowledge of MS SQL Server and/or Oracle development required.  Knowledge of Perl or Python scripting required.

 

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
 

Bachelor’s degree required.  Six or more years of relevant experience in IT database technology, experience within life sciences, or computational biology/bioinformatics,  is a strong plus.  Six or more years of software development and/or database development experience in a SQL and Oracle in a Linux, environment strongly preferred. Project management and support experience a plus. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as professional journals, operating instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write complete reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively in one-on-one and small group situations.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to apply mathematical concepts to problem-solving situations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance and correlation techniques.  Biostatistics experience is a plus.

REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in a variety of situations.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
None.

OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:.

Requires a thorough knowledge of related products and technologies gained through experience in an academic or industrial setting. Basic understanding of genetics preferred.

POSITIONS SUPERVISED:
None.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Works under limited supervision, receiving instructions on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Assistance is furnished on unusual problems and work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment

INTERFACE WITH OTHERS:
INTERNAL: Research, Manufacturing, Business Unit personnel.
EXTERNAL: Customers, Suppliers, Collaborators.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to type, finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms in the operation of a keyboard, equipment or instruments located in the work environment. The employee is frequently required to sit and stand; and is occasionally required to walk and stoop. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and depth perception.

Working Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Job duties are performed in an office environment utilizing standard office equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Protective Clothing:
Work performed in designated areas may require the use of appropriate safety precautions and protective equipment.

NOTE:  THIS POSITION DESCRIPTION IN NO WAY STATES OR IMPLIES THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY DUTIES/FUNCTIONS TO BE PERFORMED BY THE INCUMBENT.  EMPLOYEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW ANY OTHER JOB-RELATED INSTRUCTIONS AND T

How to Apply

Please email resumes to Jessica Hicks, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner for Quest Diagnostics, at [email protected].  

About Our Organization

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX) is the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services needed 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. 

 

 

At a Glance

  • Generated 2014 revenues of approximately $7.4 billion
  • Publicly trades common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DGX). More in Investor Relations
  • Ranks as a component of the Standard & Poor's 500
  • Touches the lives of 30 percent of American adults each year
  • Serves about half of the physicians and hospitals in the U.S.
  • Engages workforce of about 45,000 employees dedicated to putting patients first every day
  • Operates more than 2,200 patient service centers
  • A medical and scientific staff of more than 700 M.D.s and Ph.D.s.
  • Strong logistics capabilities, including approximately 3,000 courier vehicles and 20 aircraft that collectively make tens of thousands of stops daily
  • Offers physicians a test menu that is industry leading in breadth and innovation. Our test menu ranges from routine biological tests to complex and specialized molecular and gene-based testing as well as anatomic pathology
  • Provides broad range of solutions for employers, including workplace drug testing for employers and government agencies; the BluePrint for Wellness employee wellness service; and risk assessment services for the life insurance industry
  • Publishes original research in peer reviewed publications, at medical and scientific conferences, and as a public service. Quest Diagnostics Health Trends reports examine trends in conditions and diseases based on the company’s database of 20 billion test results from the last decade. Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI) reports examine trends in workplace drug testing, and have been considered a benchmark for U.S. workforce drug positivity trends since 1988
  • In addition to the U.S., Quest Diagnostics operates clinical laboratories in laboratory facilities in Gurgaon, India; Heston, England; Mexico City, Mexico; and San Juan, Puerto Rico

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