Careers

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 hiring for the following positions.  For a full description, please follow the links below:

  

Research Scientist

Project Manager

Director of Strategic Partnerships (OPP-001)

Quality Assurance Manager (QA-001)

Research Associate (RAC-005)

 

Research Scientist

Position Summary:

Diagnostics For All is seeking a creative and highly motivated researcher to fill a position as a Research Scientist in a new program focused on immunoassay and biochemical assay development. The goal of this project is to identify enteric and food pathogens based on immunologic and biochemical signatures.  The successful candidate will be expected to work with a team of research associates to quickly reach proof-of-concept for several paper-based assays for pathogen detection.

 

We are searching for a candidate with strong technical skills and a passion for solving problems affecting those living in low-resource settings. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in bioengineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, food science, or a related field. Candidates with bacterial and other cell culture techniques are especially encouraged to apply. The ability to work independently with initiative and creativity is necessary.  

 

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 and rapidly gain hands-on experience with diagnostic test development.

 

Basic Qualifications:                                                        

  • Ph.D. degree in relevant area (see above)
  • Prior experience managing undergraduate students in a laboratory setting
  • Independent work ethic
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent laboratory technique

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Competency in bacterial cell culture
  • Previous work in food pathogens
  • Knowledge of biochemical assays to identify bacterial species
  • Experience with microfluidics or other device engineering
  • Experience with computer design and imaging software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Proven managerial capability

 

Please note that this is a temporary position with funding not anticipated past August 2015.

 

If you are interested in an exciting opportunity to change the way health care is delivered in much of the world, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@dfa.org and reference RS-001 in the subject line. Please no phone calls.

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Project Manager

Position Summary:

Diagnostics For All (DFA) is seeking an individual to join our team as a Project Manager. The successful candidate must be able to become rapidly familiar with DFA technology.  The technology may include a paper-based immunoassay or a blood analyte test, an electrochemistry platform or a molecular diagnostic.  The technology could involve materials, application of human samples, electronics and mechanical functions.  The candidate will not need necessarily to contribute to the science, but will be comfortable managing the science, and the transfer of that science into a product.  The Project Manager will work on new product releases and launches up to the point of marketing release.  The Project Manager will work with R&D teams to realize the needs; to get new features through the R&D process. The candidate needs to be familiar with taking a product, ideally a diagnostic product, through the manufacturing, the quality control and the regulatory approval process.

 

This is a great opportunity for a candidate who enjoys intellectual challenge and the opportunity to directly impact the direction of an organization.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Self –sufficient; an ability to operate effectively without close supervision but with strong partnership skills and ability to clearly define areas of ownership with various science teams.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders, balancing competing interests and needs across the organization to arrive at a clear vision, communicating effectively, and aligning various partners along the way.
  • Superior relationship building, communication and negotiation skills within cross-functional teams.
  • Work with science teams to manage the science and the transfer of the science into diagnostic products.
  • Work with science teams and QMS manager to manage a product through the regulatory process.
  • Plan an approach for documenting, categorizing, and packaging requirements.
  • Verify that requirements are testable and generate testing objectives.
  • Outline requirements and manage scope and timelines.
  • Provide input and updates to project plans, resource tracking, issues, and risks during the project.
  • Write and present reports to external funding sources.
  • Manage relationships with sub-contractors.
  • Lead vendor selection and possible RFP process
  • Comply with all laws, regulations and policies that govern DFA activities
  • Become familiar with different technologies being developed at DFA
  • Ability to work on one or more projects
  • Focus on meeting project commitments, including communications with funding agencies, subcontractors and subject experts in the field
  • May or may not have direct reports
  • Creation of necessary documentation and procedures for technical reports, manufacturing and regulatory processes
  • Reports to CEO.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5+ year technical project management, ideally in diagnostics, but not essential for the right candidate
  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Experience managing teams
  • Experience managing multiple external sub-contracts
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Analytical, flexible and optimistic

 

This is a full-time position.  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.

 

If you are interested in an exciting opportunity to change the way health care is delivered in much of the world, please send your cover letter and resume to careers@dfa.org and reference PM-001 in the subject line.

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Director of Strategic Partnerships

Position Summary:

Diagnostics For All (DFA) is seeking an individual to join our team as Director of Partnerships. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable in Global Health needs identification, working with partner organizations in field-settings, and relationship management. A successful candidate will be a collaborative team player with clear communication skills, an independent work ethic, and a drive towards optimal efficiency.  We are searching for a candidate who, working with the science team, will proactively identify novel opportunities for the utilization of DFA’s technology to address current limitations in Global Health and Global Development.  This is a great opportunity for a candidate who enjoys intellectual challenge and the opportunity to directly impact the direction of an organization.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work with science team to identify new opportunities for leveraging technology platform to achieve global health and development improvements. This involves global health and development needs identification, idea generation, funding opportunity identification, and proposal writing. Candidate will be supported by the science and finance teams, but needs to lead all aspects of the process.
  • Manage relationships with funders including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (global health and global development), USAID, NIH, and others.
  • Capable of making “the case for support” of DFA to foundations, family offices, governments, and individuals, which means preparing and presenting materials, building relationships, and being relevant and applicable to the audience
  • Support current technology development projects in user needs feedback generation, stakeholder interactions, international field testing logistics, and use case analysis.
  • With the CFO and CEO support some of the internal management issues at DFA.
  • Strategic planning with CEO, CFO, and Board of Directors
  • Reports to CEO

 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in global health or global development related work
  • Masters of Public Health or relevant science/engineering advanced degree preferred
  • Significant non-profit experience
  • Experience managing staff
  • Strong communication skills
  • Analytical, flexible and optimistic
  • Demonstrated passion for improving global health and development through novel approaches

 

This is a full-time position, or potentially part-time position for the right candidate.  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.

 

If you are interested in an exciting opportunity to change the way health care is delivered in much of the world, contact us at careers@dfa.org and reference OPP-001 in the subject line.  Please no phone calls. 

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Quality Assurance Manager

Position Summary:

DFA is seeking a Quality Assurance Manager.  This role is full-time; however, DFA would also consider a three-day a week, part-time position for the right candidate.  The role is for a natural leader, highly motivated to perform all aspects of establishing quality systems, validations, compliance and training for regulations and geographical standards for medical devices including FDA IVD Medical Device, CLIA, the EU in vitro Diagnostics Directive, other QS/QA, and safety and customer requirements. 

 

The key functions of this role will include: 

  • Development and maintenance of processes and procedures for the Quality System.
  • Maintain compliance with all applicable regulations and standards. Keep up with US FDA and European Union IVD regulations and developments, QSR and ISO 13485 compliance.
  • Preparation for internal and external quality audits (FDA, Notified Bodies, WHO), risk management, process mapping and writing and reviewing QA and other SOPs.
  • Oversight and periodic review document control/records, design control, CAPA, personnel training, post market surveillance and customer complaints functions.
  • Oversee QC Activities through the entire manufacturing process and final product QC testing.
  • Coordination, planning, and support of product and process validation.
  • Manages the device/equipment/process validations required for cGMP establishment.

Additionally, this position is responsible for coordinating and participating in the training program and orientation of new employees, completing QA tasks and troubleshooting day-to-day quality problems.

 

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.

 

If you are interested in an exciting opportunity to change the way health care is delivered in much of the world, please send your cover letter and CV to careers@dfa.org and reference QA-001 in the subject line. Please no phone calls.

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering or related discipline is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in Quality for FDA regulated employer(s) with a proven understanding of Quality Management principles, tools, and practices.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in establishing compliance with ISO 13485 and QSR.
  • Minimum 3 years management experience in Quality and/or Operations with a GMP company(s) that designs, develops, and manufactures diagnostic products.
  • Recent experience in in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs) is preferred.

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Research Associate 

Position Summary:

DFA is seeking a creative and highly motivated person to fill a position at the Research Associate level in a new program focused on immunoassay and biochemical assay development. The goal of this project is to identify pathogens based on immunologic and biochemical signatures.  Duties will include (i) pathogen culturing, (ii) device fabrication and testing, and (iii) data analysis.

 

We are searching for a candidate with strong technical skills and a passion for solving problems affecting those living in low-resource settings. The candidate must have a B.S. or M.S. degree in bioengineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field. Candidates with bacteria and other cell culture techniques are especially encouraged to apply. The ability to work independently with initiative and creativity is necessary.

 

Please note that this is a temporary position with funding not anticipated past June/July 2015.

 

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 and rapidly gain hands-on experience with diagnostic test development.

 

If you are interested in an exciting opportunity to change the way health care is delivered in much of the world, contact us at careers@dfa.org and reference RAC-005 in the subject line.  Please no phone calls. 

 

Basic Qualifications:

      • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area (see above)
      • Prior laboratory experience
      • Independent work ethic
      • Strong analytical skills
      • Attention to detail and excellent laboratory technique

Preferred Qualifications:

      • Experience with biological samples
      • Competency in cell culture
      • Experience with microfluidics or other device engineering
      • Experience with computer design and imaging software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop)

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Diagnostics For All is an equal opportunity employer.