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Labcorp (Drug Development)

Scientist I



Full Time

On Site


Westborough, Massachusetts, United States


The R&D group at Labcorp in Westborough, MA is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Scientist to join their team to support assay development for clinical testing. The selected candidate will innovate, design and execute proof-of-concept studies, provide technical expertise in assay development and perform validation studies for regulatory submission and implementation into a clinical lab. This is an exciting opportunity to join a collaborative group of scientists in the innovation and development of assays to support clinical genetic testing. This is a PhD entry level position. Open to hiring newly minted PhD graduates - no postdoctoral experience required!


  • Design proof-of-concept studies for molecular assay design and development

  • Develop and validate complex molecular diagnostic assays with specific emphasis on NGS methods and perform critical analysis of the data and interpretation

  • Design and execute analytical verification and validation studies for regulatory submissions

  • Collaborate with bioinformaticians to develop NGS analysis pipelines for DNA and RNA sequencing data

  • Evaluate commercial products for feasibility and applicability in a clinical lab setting

  • Maintain detailed and organized documentation on all work in laboratory notebooks

  • Prepare and present study reports, summary reports at departmental meetings and project meetings

  • Train clinical personnel (technologists, supervisors, directors, QC) on assays and provide troubleshooting support including any additional experimentation and/or data re-analysis

  • Keep abreast of current literature pertinent to the project or departmental areas of interest and discuss papers in a round-table Journal Club forum among scientists with various backgrounds

  • Publish scientifically relevant data in peer reviewed journals

  • Participate and present findings at conferences

  • Participate in the development of patent applications, if applicable

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or a related field plus 0 - 3 year's relevant work or postdoctoral experience.

  • Strong background and technical expertise in design, development and optimization of molecular assays, especially NGS-based assays and data analysis

  • Knowledge of biostatistics and bioinformatics

  • Coding skills in R, Python, Perl or other similar language

  • Strong documentation, organization and critical thinking skills

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and changing priorities in a dynamic, collaborative environment

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

  • Clinical assay development in oncology, reproductive genetics or infectious disease and/or liquid handling automation not required but would be a plus

Labcorp is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer:

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