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Quest Diagnostics

Infectious Diseases Scientist



Full Time


Chantilly, Virginia, United States

Job Description

Look for more than answers.

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.

As a R&D Professional you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge. You’ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspire colleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve.

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 employee can work in a hybrid model with occasional in-office hours.


To advance technology necessary to develop state-of-the-art assays. To plan, organize, and implement basic experiments to achieve this goal. Train and provide scientific direction to scientific personnel of various levels as needed. Also provide scientific design and statistical analysis.


  • Under the direction of the Scientific Director, Lead Scientist or R&D Manager, initiate experimental design for assay development.
  • Conduct assay system development, optimization and validation.
  • Under licensed supervision, run experiments to evaluate new laboratory instrumentation and equipment for laboratory testing in cooperation with the equipment manufacturer.
  • Prepare technical SOP's as required for Medical or Scientific Director (licensed) review and approval.
  • Prepare assay validation reports and other assay-related documentation as defined by the licensed Scientific Director and Medical Director.
  • Work closely with informatics personnel to develop computer programs and databases as required for assay execution, automation and data management.
  • Under licensed supervision, assist and/or coordinate technical transfer of new assays and procedures to appropriate department.
  • Under licensed supervision, assist, as needed, in the training of lab personnel on new procedures.
  • Provide scientific supervision and guidance to research associates in the routine execution of their laboratory work.
  • Keep Scientific Director and/or R&D manager informed about status of ongoing projects.
  • Prepare written and oral presentations of scientific updates for presentation at R&D meetings and conferences.
  • Maintain awareness of current and developing technologies.
  • Interact with Academic Associates and other outside sources of emerging technologies, science and materials.
  • Add input to annual review for research personnel supervised while working on special projects.
  • Complies with industry regulatory and quality standards for the R&D Assay Design Control processes.
  • Assists licensed supervisor with troubleshooting, including reviewing procedural execution for possible cause of out of control results. Carries out simple troubleshooting procedures and performs R&D problem solving experiments as instructed.


Education: BS/BA in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field required. Higher degree preferred.

Work Experience:

  • 5-7 years relevant experience in a research and development laboratory for candidates with a BS/BA degree; 2-5 years’ experience for candidates holding an MS/MA degree; 0-2 years’ experience for candidates holding a Ph. D. degree.

Special Requirements:

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