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BioPharma R&D Senior Scientist (Immunology)


This is a Contract position in Fort Worth, TX posted August 21, 2021.

With over 30 years of specialized expertise in infectious disease, immunology and allergy testing for immunocompromised and critical patients, Viracor Eurofins is committed to helping medical professionals, transplant teams and reference labs get results faster, when it matters most.

Viracor is passionate about delivering value to our clients by providing timely, actionable information
– never losing sight of the connection between the testing we perform and the patients you serve.

Basic Function and Scope of Responsibility: The Senior Scientist within BioPharma Research & Development will focus on the field of Immunology and take on the primarily responsibilities for conducting research, development, validation and execution of assays to meet the development requirements within corporate/client timelines and cost objectives.

Senior leadership in Immunology is required.

Flow Cytometry experience is preferred.

This is a full time position, working Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM with overtime as needed.

Please note we are moving to a new facility in February 2022 and this position will be relocated to Lenexa, KS.

Essential Job Duties: Leadership of assay generation, design, development and validation efforts for both clinical and Biopharma product development Provide leadership, supervision and technical guidance/oversight for Research Scientists, and for projects that these scientists are leading and contributing to ensure program productivity and efficiency Work closely and effectively with VP of R&D to ensure that R&D projects are progressing and milestones are achieved pursuant to organization and/or client timelines Manage performance of assigned laboratory scientists and support staff Work closely and effectively with Research Scientists to prioritize use of equipment and facilities for maximum productivity and efficiency Communication effectively with both internal and external clients regarding scientific issues/projects Write verification/validation protocols, reports and SOPs in accordance with Viracor Eurofins’ established guidelines Maintain and enhance R&D laboratory resources (facilities, equipment, and reagents) Ensure project timelines, cost, objectives are met and communicated Serve as team member on various ongoing and future new test idea generation projects Develop and exhibit expertise in immunoassays, molecular assays, cell-based assays and other types of diagnostic assays Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with clinical laboratory team to allow effective, coordinated assay transition from the R&D phase to clinical use Develop an effective working relationship with Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance to assure R&D laboratory is in compliance with Viracor Eurofins’ established guidelines for documentation, quality and safety When appropriate, recruit and hire a sufficient number of qualified and trained laboratory assistants to maintain and support R&D activities When appropriate, conduct regular individual meetings with R&D Scientists that focus on execution of their respective responsibilities and project priorities Communicate program objectives to cross-functional teams (clinical laboratory, regulatory teams) Implement quality systems and quality assurance within diagnostic development efforts Commitment to a high quality of work and at the same a high level of productivity Maintain current knowledge of advances in pertinent scientific fields, as well as knowledge of applicable state and federal regulations germane to molecular and diagnostic laboratories, through attending lectures, seminar, professional conferences and courses Regularly contribute to laboratory team meetings that focus on associate training, associate development and continuous improvement in laboratory processes When appropriate, identify and develop training programs for R&D Scientists and dedicated staff Preparation of poster presentations for national scientific meetings Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals Represent department and the organization favorably and in accordance with established Company standards and associate attributes at all times Active participation in team and company meeting Participate in developing corporate goals, objectives, and systems Other duties as assigned by management Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: A minimum of 3 years of experience in assay development, validation and transition to a clinical environment Advanced degree (Masters, PhD or equivalent) in microbiology, immunology, biology, biochemistry or a related field In lieu of an advanced degree, 7 years’ experience (with demonstrated leadership) in diagnostic and/or molecular or immunology research laboratory experience will be considered as equivalent to an advanced degree Expertise and experience in biochemistry, molecular biology/genomics, or immunology assay development, verifiable through patents, publication or description of completed projects Strong leadership and management skills Demonstrated proven experience in managing complex projects, ability to succeed even with challenging projects, appreciation of priorities and critical factors.

Substantial technical writing ability: protocols, study reports, regulatory communications and manuscripts An innovative and prepared mind to identify and protect unique intellectual properties is a bonus Commitment to and track record of high quality of work Experience with quality systems Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other groups Goal oriented, with excellent time management and organizational skills Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to interact effectively and work efficiently with people at all levels in an organization Excellent verbal & written communication skills Keenly attentive to detail Ability to keep sensitive information confidential High level of proficiency with PC based software programs What we offer: As a Eurofins employee, you will become part of a company that has received national recognition as a great place to work.

We offer excellent full-time benefits including comprehensive medical coverage, life and disability insurance, 401(k) with company match, paid holidays and vacation, personal days, and dental and vision options.

Physical Requirements: Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time (4 or more hours) Mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions The essential physical and mental requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To learn more about Viracor Eurofins, please visit the following websites and Eurofins is a M/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Viracor Eurofins is committed to promoting an equal employment opportunity workplace environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

It is the policy of the Company that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy, genetic information (GINA), disability, military and/or veteran status, and/or any other status protected by applicable Federal, state, or local law.

The Company’s policy is to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer all employment-related matters on the basis of an individual’s qualifications, abilities and efforts without regard to protected status.

Eurofins is a M/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.


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