Associate Scientist

Quest Diagnostics - Chantilly, VA3.7

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Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic testing, information and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact and a clear dedication to service. It’s about providing clarity and hope.

At Quest, our R&D professionals play an essential role in our success and in the services we provide. As a career, we offer a unique opportunity to develop your career with the #1 Diagnostic Lab in the US. We are research and development driven, and we’re creating the lab of the future – an environment where you can deliver cutting edge diagnostics and help us drive new discoveries and breakthroughs.

This on-site position is based from our Chantilly, VA location.

Associate Scientist – the role

As a member of the Toxicology R&D Laboratory, the Associate Scientist will work alongside other Scientists and Operations staff from various sub-specialty groups to support the development of Mass Spectrometry state-of-the-art toxicology and prescription drug monitoring tests. This professional will carry out daily lab routines necessary to keep the lab in compliance. The Associate Scientist will also be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing basic R&D experiments.

Job responsibilities:
Under the direction of the senior R&D scientific staff, researches, initiates and develops experimental designs for the purpose of producing liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) toxicology assays.

Conducts LC-MSMS method development, instrument optimization, and validation, prepares reports, technical SOPs and maintains laboratory notebook.

Carries out daily lab routines to ensure lab compliance with ISO 9001 and other applicable regulatory requirements. Maintains and operates LC-MSMS instruments and provides training to lab users when necessary.

Plans, organizes, and implements basic experiments.

Supports the technical transfer of new assays and procedures to the appropriate department.

Prepares written and oral presentations of scientific updates and research for internal meetings and scientific conferences.

Maintains awareness of current and developing technologies and translates this into project submissions that continue to drive innovation and better patient care.

Works closely with informatics personnel to develop necessary computer application and interface support required for assay operation, automation and data management.

To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

Bachelor’s degree with 3 years’ work experience or M.S. degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related field.

Goal-oriented focus with ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment.

Proven ability to accomplish technical tasks both independently and as a member of a research team.

Hands-on experience operating and maintaining LC-MSMS technology in clinical lab testing environment is required.

Previous experience developing and validating LC-MSMS methods is required.

Previous experience developing solid phase extraction procedures.

Familiarity with automation (liquid handling and automated solid phase extraction) is preferred.

Strong interpersonal skills with a collaborative spirit.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Record of peer-reviewed publications is a plus.

Familiarity with ISO 9001, CLIIA, and FDA regulations.

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Join us for competitive benefits and development opportunities in a progressive and supportive environment. Help us improve our service, and the experiences of our patients and colleagues. Work with us and together we can be better.

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All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.*cb*