Senior Scientist - Diagnostic Assay Development

Aldatu Biosciences
Job Location
Harvard Life Lab
Boston, MA 02134


Job Description

We are seeking a senior level scientist with experience in clinical diagnostic assay and/or product development to assist in managing our expanding R&D pipeline. Candidates must have scientific team management experience in an industry setting and exceptional molecular biology skills, with extensive experience in PCR and/or qPCR design and optimization. Specific experience in HIV and/or other infectious disease genetics is desirable. Our Senior Scientist will work closely with Aldatu’s Chief Science Officer to manage multiple HIV diagnostic R&D projects and a scientific staff of 3-5 qPCR technology specialists, in addition to performing independent lab work as part of the company’s R&D efforts. We expect that the Senior Scientist will split their time more or less evenly between lab work and management/operations-related responsibilities.


Primary Job Responsibilities:

• Support the Chief Science Officer in leading and managing the research team

• Work closely with the executive team on strategic R&D and product development planning, including milestone and key performance indicator identification/reporting for all ongoing projects

• Assist with management and prioritization of the work of a 3-5 member research team working on multiple ongoing projects

• Provide day-to-day technical guidance to and supervision of research team members

• Independent of management responsibilities, plan and execute qPCR design and optimization experiments as part of the company’s R&D efforts

• Record and analyze data in a thorough and timely manner

• Prepare and organize results for both internal use (e.g. regular company meetings) and external use (e.g. NIH progress reports, grant applications, academic and/or industry partner communications, investor meetings, etc.)

• Serve as primary point of contact for contract manufacturing partners

• Draft protocols and SOPs for company-wide implementation, and provide training for new and existing research staff


Requirements and Competencies:


• Ph.D. in molecular biology, virology, genetics, or a related life sciences field

• Strong experience with PCR and quantitative real-time PCR, including primer/probe design and probe-based real-time PCR optimization

• Nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) purification and handling expertise

• Experience managing and mentoring a research team in an industry setting

• Experience working with quality and regulatory requirements under which diagnostic products are developed, commercialized, and supported (i.e. FDA, EU CE-IVD)

• Ability to work independently and as part of an integrated project team

• Ability to learn new software and systems, including ELN software

• Desire to contribute more broadly across a growing start-up organization

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications


• Demonstrated interest in infectious disease and/or global health

• Experience with CRO management

• Proposal writing experience, with demonstrated award track record preferred

• Project management experience, with formal training/certification preferred

• Facility with sequence alignment software

• Proficient PC skills

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out the online application form located at In the online form, candidates are expected to detail their experience with real-time PCR assay design and optimization. Candidates should also upload a cover letter and CV (including publication list) in the form prior to submission.

Aldatu is unable to sponsor employment-based visas at this time. Relocation assistance may be available for qualified candidates. No employment agencies, please.

About Our Organization

Aldatu Biosciences is an early-stage biotechnology company developing innovative diagnostic tools based on its proprietary qPCR-based genotyping platform, PANDAA™. Aldatu is committed to commercializing products that address diagnostic challenges in global health, primarily in HIV and other infectious diseases, and which improve both the quality of patient care and healthcare cost-efficiency. Aldatu is a resident company at the Harvard Life Lab, a competitive life science incubator that is part of the Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.

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