Job Details

  • Title: Associate Scientist
  • Code: RCI-08794
  • Location: North Chicago Illinois (IL) 60064
  • Posted Date: 06/25/2020
  • Duration: 3 Months
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  Job Description

Per hiring manager this is a 3 month assignment to start with possibility of extending, must have flexibility to work any shift and able to interview starting next week, come in onsite for interview and start within 3 weeks.


  • The CLIA Certified High-Complexity Laboratory is seeking a scientist to conduct routine clinical laboratory diagnostic RT-PCR testing leveraging laboratory automation.
  • The scientist will partner with senior staff to run the SARS-CoV-2 assay for clinical specimens including data analysis.
  • Candidate should be able to generate precise, reliable and reproducible data in a timely manner, demonstrate good data interpretation skills, and be able to note issues/deviations and troubleshoot appropriately.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform routine testing of clinical specimens on the Abbott m2000 to generate high quality data.
  • Operate laboratory equipment and effectively troubleshoot when issues arise.
  • Collaborate with team members on all work aspects from data entry, solution preparation, sample extraction, master mix addition, amplification, data interpretation, and documentation


  • Master's or bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical lab science or medical technology
  • 1-2 years of Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Testing preferred, specifically clinical sample analysis using RT-PCR
  • Experience with reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) sample processing and data analysis
  • General lab skills: lab safety, solution preparations, use of pipettes and other instruments
  • Knowledge of biological sample extraction techniques and instrumentation, and the ability to follow established protocols without deviation
  • Well versed in Good Clinical Practices, sample chain of custody, and other regulatory requirements
  • Good Documentation Skills (ALCOA)
  • Work with Laboratory Information Management Systems.

 Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with team members to enable higher performance
  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence" and can change course quickly where indicated
  • A go-getter, raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

1) What hours and days will this person be working? 1st or 2nd Shift on a rotating schedule, 5 shifts per week between Monday-Saturday
2) What are the top 5 skills/requirements this person is required have?
a. Required Skill 1: Team player – understands team goals and works well with others to deliver business results
b. Required Skill 2: Fast learner
c. Required Skill 3: Attention to detail
d. Required Skill 4: Data quality
e. Required Skill 5: Laboratory diagnostics
3) What years of experience is required? 1-2
4) What level of education and/or certification is required? Master's or bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical lab science or medical technology
5) What is a nice to have (but not required) regarding skills, requirements, experience, education, or certification? Direct working experience on the Abbott m2000 or other automated RT-PCR platform
6) What is the environment that this person will be working in (i.e. group setting vs individual role)? Each shift is in pairs
7) Is any testing required for this role? Yes, Running the SARS-CoV-2 Assay
8) Does this position offer the ability to work remotely on a regular basis or is it an on-site role? If remote opportunity exists, what are the options (i.e. 1 day remote, 4 days on-site)? On-site
9) Other notable details about the environment from the hiring manager about this role. Fast-paced environment with quick data turn-around times. Tight-knit team requiring good communication, strong work ethic, and accountability.
10) What positions/background experience do you feel are successful in this role. Molecular diagnostics or clinical sample analysis experience