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 Associate (RAC-006)

Research Associate (RAC-005)

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Food Pathogens (PDF-001)

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Environmental Allergens (PDF-002)

Director of Operations (OPP-001)

Senior Scientist (SRS-001)

 

 

Research Associate

Position Summary:

DFA is seeking a creative and highly motivated person to fill a position at the Research Associate level in the final stages of a biochemical assay project; this project is moving into the regulatory approval stage and transfer into full-scale manufacturing.

 

We are searching for a candidate with strong technical skills, and a rigorous attitude to final product design and verification. The candidate must have a B.S. or M.S. degree in biomedical engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field.  The ability to work independently with initiative and creativity is necessary.

 

The key functions of this role will include:

  • Fabrication and evaluation of paper-based diagnostic devices to protocol
  • Maintain, and troubleshoot instruments to facilitate assay development
  • Perform QA/QC on equipment and final product
  • Assist in R&D activities related to the project
  • Work with human samples in a BL2 laboratory
  • Document and report data

 

 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-006 in the subject line.  Please no phone calls. 

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in relevant area (see above)
  • Prior laboratory experience
  • Independent work ethic
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Experience working with biological samples
  • Experience working in GMP environment
  • Experience with medical device development
  • Experience with computer design and imaging software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Image J)

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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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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Food Pathogens

Position Summary:

DFA is seeking a creative and highly motivated researcher to fill a position as a Post-Doctoral Fellow 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.  

 

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 PDF-001 in the subject line. Please no phone calls. 

 

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:

  • Experience with biological samples
  • Competency in bacterial 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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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Environmental Allergens

Position Summary:

 DFA is seeking a creative and highly motivated researcher to fill a position as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in a new program focused on immunoassay development. The goal of this project is to identify environmental allergens and the associated human IgE response in a rapid, point-of-care format.   The successful candidate will be expected to work with a team of research scientists to quickly reach proof-of-concept stage for several paper-based assays for allergy 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, immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field. Candidates with prior allergy research experience 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 PDF-002 in the subject line.  Please no phone calls. 

 

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:

  • 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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Director of Operations and Partnerships

Position Summary:

Diagnostics For All (DFA) is seeking an individual to join our team as Director of Operations and 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.
  • Support current technology development projects in user needs feedback generation, stakeholder interactions, international field testing logistics, and use case analysis.
  • With science team, ensure efficient operation of laboratory environment.
  • With CFO, manage office operations, for example: insurance renewals, employee benefits, equipment purchase, and accounts payable.
  • 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
  • Field experience in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or Latin/South America
  • 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.  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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Senior Scientist

Position Summary:

Diagnostics For All (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 and development.  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 diagnostic on our paper-microfluidic platform.  This is an exciting opportunity for a scientist passionate in the potential for novel technology in accelerating global development.

 

We are searching for a candidate with a proven track record of immunoassay development, preferably in lateral flow or other solid-matrix formats. The successful candidate will work with the program manager, but will lead the in-lab assay development, optimization, and verification with a 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.

 

Specific duties will include:

  • Leading the development of a point-of-care immunoassay using DFA’s patterned paper platform with input from the Project Manager.
  • Optimization of device performance to achieve desired sensitivity using a design of experiment (DOE) methodology.
  • Designing and performing in-lab and in-field verification studies.
  • Designing and fabricating paper-based devices.
  • Coordinating sample collection, standardization, and storage.
  • International travel, while possibly required, would be limited to one or two trips a year.
  • This position includes one direct report (Research Associate level).
  • This position reports to the Director of Operations.

 

Desired qualifications:

  • The candidate will have 5+ years of industry experience and a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Biomedical engineering, or related field. Candidates with Masters degrees are welcome to apply, but should have significant industry experience and demonstrated expertise at leading product development campaigns.
  • Experience with lateral flow immunoassays is required.  A strong preference will be given to those candidates with a successful record of successful development of point-of-care diagnostics through to commercialization.
  • Experience with biological samples (e.g., blood, urine) is required.
  • Experience with veterinary diagnostics highly preferred.

 

Please email a cover letter and resume to admin@dfa.org and reference SRS-001 in the subject line.  Please no phone calls.

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Diagnostics For All is an equal opportunity employer.