Assay Development Group Lead – Boston
High Throughput Screening – Genetic Engineering – Assay Development – Enzymology
A company leveraging genetic engineering and for a variety of demands across healthcare, food, materials and energy are currently looking for a new Assay Development Group Lead. This role would be Associate Director/Director level, and we are looking for a strong leader who will thrive in a dynamic, changing environment.
This organization works across a diverse portfolio of projects and has had large deals agreed with pharmaceutical companies to collaborate on innovative new research within agriculture and synthetic biology. If you’re motivated to work in an emerging industry, often on research that has never been done before, and to help shape the future of biological engineering, then we’d love to hear from you.
The Assay Development Group Lead is responsible for the management and growth of assay development scientists, assay development resource allocation, and the delivery of developed assays to meet commercial project needs. You will also be responsible for developing assays (typically enzymatic assays) for use in high-throughput screens to test enzyme performance. Assay development scientists fulfil diverse responsibilities in developing novel assays, optimizing assay performance, coordinating high-throughput screen execution, performing large-scale data analysis, leading technology platform development, and scientific consulting.
As the most senior member of this function, you will also be aligning work assignments with the scientific and career interests for your team and, when necessary, growing the team via recruiting and hiring.
*Managing a group of at least ten assay development scientists, including up to seven direct reports
*Developing the team through growth opportunities, career mentoring, recruiting, and hiring
*Aligning assay development resources with commercial project needs
*Ensuring the delivery of developed assays, working with assay development scientists and project managers to adjust resources, scope, and timelines as necessary
*Working with senior assay development scientists to ensure the technical quality of the group’s work
*Identifying and leading improvements in group practices and protocols
Desired Experience and Capabilities:
*PhD in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemistry, chemical engineering or equivalent, or BS with equivalent experience
*At least four years post-PhD (or equivalent) industry research experience in biotechnology, assay development, or high throughput screening
*At least two years of people management experience, managing at least five direct reports
*Strong organizational skills
*Excellent stakeholder management skills
*Track record of aligning strategy, resources, and prioritization with project goals
*Ability to identify trade-offs and, when necessary, say no
*Demonstrated ability to develop novel assays and optimize conditions to reduce variability
*Enzymology experience a plus
*Familiarity with software, programming, and/or laboratory automation a plus
*Familiarity with diverse microbes a plus
Please apply to this advert and attach your resume for review, we will be in contact with relevant candidates ASAP!
Keywords: Assay Development, Biological Engineering, NGS, Software Development, Integration, Troubleshooting, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Job Reference: JP2301ADGL_1579788579
Broadcast As: 184
Salary Currency: GBP
Salary per: Annum
Job Type: Full Time
Job Term: Permanent
Job Industry: Biotech
Job Specialism: Science R and D
Recruitment Consultant: Jade Page