Scientist
Quest Diagnostics - San Juan Capistrano, CA

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The Journey Begins with you.

There's quite a distance between wondering and knowing. And for patients waiting for answers to important health questions, it's a road they want to travel as quickly as possible.

At Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, we understand urgency. But more than speed, we focus our energies on accuracy. Currently, we seek a Scientist.

Responsibilities

BASIC FUNCTION AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION:
Plans, prepares, conducts and records complex bench level chemical/biochemical experiments. Prepares reports and analysis of results as related to product/process development improvement. Activities may be focused individual projects or assignments as a member of a project team which may include project leadership duties.

IMPACT:
Successful performance of job duties contributes to the success of projects in support of product development activities. Impacts the ability of the project team to meet assigned goals.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Develops, plans, conducts and records results from complex experiments within a specific product or technology area. Performs laboratory experiments following defined protocols and company procedures.
  • Reports status of assigned projects through the preparation of detailed reports and documentation that summarize experiment results.
  • Works within established parameters on individual assignments, on project teams for longer-term projects and as a technical leader to Assistant Scientists or Associate Scientists.
  • Identifies problems, investigates alternatives and recommends possible courses of action.
  • Maintains knowledge of technological developments that may assist in the completion of an assignment or lead to new products, processes or procedures by reading current literature.
  • Effectively utilizes and applies advanced methods or technologies. Contributes ideas for new product development typically within existing markets.
  • Responsibilities include working with infectious materials, supporting and complying with the company hazard waste handling practices.
  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:
    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
    Requires knowledge and skills normally acquired through the successful completion of an advanced degree (M.A./Ph.D) in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related scientific discipline. Requires at least 6 years of extensive industrial experience and significant demonstration of capabilities for a candidate with a Bachelor's degree, at least 4 years of relevant industrial experience with a Master's degree, or a Ph.D. with thesis. Experience with PCR optimization, primer design, DNA sequencing is highly desirable. Experience in developing products under design control or cGMP/QSR is a plus.

    LANGUAGE SKILLS:
    Ability to read and interpret documents such as professional journals, operating instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write complete reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively in one-on-one and small group situations.

    MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
    Ability to apply mathematical concepts to problem-solving situations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance and correlation techniques.

    REASONING ABILITY:
    Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in a variety of situations.

    LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
    None.

    OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
    Knowledgeable in the use of common laboratory equipment and safe chemical handling. Requires a thorough knowledge of related products and technologies gained through developmental experience in an academic or industrial setting.

    POSITIONS SUPERVISED:
    None.

    SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
    Works under general supervision, receiving instructions on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Assistance is furnished on unusual problems and work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment.

    INTERFACE WITH OTHERS:
    INTERNAL: Research, Manufacturing, Business Unit personnel.
    EXTERNAL: Customers, Suppliers, Collaborators.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms in the operation of equipment or instruments located in the work environment. The employee is frequently required to sit and stand; and is occasionally required to walk and stoop. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and depth perception.

    Working Environment:
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Job duties are performed in a laboratory environment utilizing standard lab equipment. Some operations include the use of chemicals which require following safe handling procedures. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    Protective Clothing:
    Work performed in designated areas may require the use of appropriate safety precautions and protective equipment.

    NOTE: THIS POSITION DESCRIPTION IN NO WAY STATES OR IMPLIES THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY DUTIES/FUNCTIONS TO BE PERFORMED BY THE INCUMBENT. EMPLOYEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW ANY OTHER JOB-RELATED INSTRUCTIONS AND TO PERFORM ANY OTHER JOB RELATED DUTIES/FUNCTIONS REQUESTED BY THEIR SUPERVISOR.

    How To Apply

    Please Log In or Register to Upload a Resume and complete the online Application. Because of the large number of applicants to job openings, Quest Diagnostics will only contact candidates to be interviewed

    Closing Statement

    Quest Diagnostics has many career opportunities for individuals whose talent, initiative and dedication will complement our belief that the patient comes first and that values do matter. We work to earn our customers’ trust every day by providing the highest quality diagnostic information services in a professional, accessible and informative way. Our workforce is diverse and talented and believes in our vision: "Empowering Better Health with Diagnostic Insights."

    [All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.]

    Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).

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