Diagnostics For All (DFA) is an exciting non-profit organization focused on improving global health by creating and commercializing very low cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care medical diagnostic devices for underserved populations in the developing world. Conveniently located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we are creating a new generation of diagnostic devices using elegantly simple paper-microfluidics technology, originally developed in the labs of Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University. DFA has received several grants to develop this technology from varied sources including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and DARPA. Please learn more at www.dfa.org.
DFA is seeking a creative and highly motivated scientist to join our research team dedicated to developing novel point-of-care diagnostics to improve global health. The full-time position, at the Senior Scientist level, will be responsible for leading the technical development of a minimally-invasive, rapid point-of-care MOLECULAR diagnostic on our paper-based platform.
This role is initially for nine months, starting December 1, 2015, but could be extended beyond that period.
We are searching for a candidate with a proven track record in molecular diagnostic development, preferably with some knowledge of isothermal techniques. The successful candidate will work with the Director of Product Development, but will lead the in-lab assay development, optimization, and verification, supported by a part-time Research Associate-level scientist. The successful candidate will be expected to direct the activities of the Research Associate on the project development team, but also to work directly in the lab to aid in assay development. We expect the individual who fills this position to show initiative and the ability to work independently against aggressive deadlines. The position will require working in a biosafety level 2 environment and with human and animal samples containing potentially infectious agents.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Manage the development of a molecular assay project.
- Work with one, or more, research associates to quickly design and carry out experiments for the relevant assay
- Strong technical skills and a passion for solving problems
- The ability to work independently with initiative and creativity
- Migrating an assay platform currently using serum, to one using whole blood
- Enhance sensitivities to clinically relevant levels
- Improve existing lateral flow readout, using a conjugated-probe
- International travel, while possibly required, would be limited to one or two trips a year.
- Ph.D. degree in relevant area
- Prior experience managing undergraduate students in a laboratory setting
- Independent work ethic
- Strong analytical skills
- Attention to detail and excellent laboratory technique
- Experience with microfluidics or other device engineering
- Experience with computer design and imaging software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop)
- Some proven managerial capability
- Must be able to demonstrate excellent oral communication and technical writing skills
HOW TO APPLY
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a small, passionate team developing a novel technology with the potential to positively impact millions of people in the poorest areas around the world.
Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference CA-001 in the subject line.
Diagnostics For All, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.