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Senior Scientist - Biomarkers & Flow Cytometry

Workforce Genetics
Rockville, MD
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Our client seeking a highly motivated Senior Scientist - Biomarker Assays | Flow Cytometry with great inter-personal & leadership skills who could complement our dynamic and growing company!

With their 17-year history as a pioneer in biomarker services, they have become a recognized global leader in complex biomarker and bioanalytical services. We enjoy a reputation for scientific leadership & innovation, while offering challenging and rewarding careers to the best scientists in the industry.

Their laboratories are staffed by highly experienced scientists and equipped with state-of-the-art technology platforms enabling us to take on projects from anywhere in the world. Their administrative offices provide client-centric support to ensure your project is completed on time and according to specifications. They serve customers across the globe via our dedicated staff who are based in: Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland and South Africa.

They pride themselves in identifying, implementing, and integrating optimum analytical and data insight methodologies, to contribute to the furtherment of scientific knowledge. This translates to better management and treatment of health conditions, ultimately, shaping a better world.

They are excited to be establishing a biomarker assay facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.

The scientist's role is to work as part of a team to carry out analytical work within the assigned projects to execute activities associated with the conduct of a clinical trial. They may lead or support trial level activities for one or more trials with a level of supervision as well as helping to develop and validate appropriate test methodology and specifications for these. They will generate revenue by conducting fee-for-service analyses of biological samples (e.g., blood, saliva, stool, urine, bacteria, etc.) for external clients using various equipment (e.g., flow cytometers, centrifuges, incubators, analytical and statistical software, office equipment, etc.).

With a number of large studies starting in 2022, we are now looking to establish a team of skilled scientists at the new site. This role will be based at the new site with main purpose and objective of a Scientist being to develop, validate and conduct bio- analytical tests, in collaboration with / under the guidance of a principal scientist. The bio-analytical tests are used in translational and/or clinical studies.

Although this role will be based in the US, it could require travelling to other company laboratory sites (Berlin, London or Cape Town) for cross-training. The role comes with annual leave days (incl. bank holidays), company pension contribution, long-term incentives as well as performance-based bonus.


Optimize and develop different bioanalytical assays associated with the conduct of clinical trials, ensuring scientific objective and timelines are met and providing leadership to junior team members. Generate revenue by conducting fee-for-service analyses of biological samples (e.g. blood, saliva, stool, urine, bacteria, etc.) for external clients using various equipment (e.g. flow cytometers, centrifuges, incubators, analytical and statistical software, office equipment, etc.).

RESPONSIBILITIES (may include, but not limited to):

• Conduct Method Development and Validation of bespoke assays for the analysis of human clinical samples.

• Lead all lab activities for a given client project, including writing analytical plans, planning and conduct of sample processing, data analysis, and delivery to the client.

• Oversee all junior lab staff including training, mentoring and supervising in all scientific aspects.

• Assist with multiple projects in a fast-paced laboratory environment.

• Writing research protocols and reports for clinical studies.

• Ensure clear audit trails by performing quality control of all information and data generated

Identify quality risks and issues and implement corrective action plans as needed to address deficiencies in performance throughout the life of the project.

• Monitoring use and consumption of reagents, material and consumables via LIMS.

• Strong adherence to regulatory compliance and safety requirements, involving GCLPs, SOPs, H&S policies, and other related documents.

• Administrative duties including writing and maintaining study documentation


• Essential qualifications: MSc or PhD in Life/Biological Sciences (preferably immunology); and 4 – 6 years of experience within an industry setting.

• The ideal candidate must have prior experience working in a regulated (GCLP/GLP) biotech or biopharma environment and excellent technical skills.

• Proven record in supervising small teams or junior staff members.

• Proven & strong background in running and analyzing immunological flow cytometry assays is a must including operating general laboratory and specialized equipment (e.g., flow cytometers).

• Additional experience in running and analyzing soluble biomarker assays (ELISA, ECL, ELISpot etc.) and operating laboratory equipment (e.g., MSD / Epoch / autoanalyzer) are a plus.

• Position level will be determined based on skills, education/experience.

• Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends and weekends as required.


• Excellent leadership, interpersonal, organizational, strong sense of teamwork and multi-tasking skills.

• Ability to handle pressure, interact and function in a highly productive work environment.

• Ability to work independently, pay attention to detail and think critically is a must.

• Ability to maintain composure and focus on situations of ambiguity and uncertainty.

• Communication skills: should be fluent in English (read, written, spoken).

Workforce Genetics


Rockville, MD



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