Assistant Director/Principle Scientist Molecular Diagnostics

San Diego, CA | Direct Hire

Post Date: 08/21/17 Job ID: Linked In Assistant Director/Principle Scientist Molecular Diagnostics Industry or Function: Medical

Assistant Director/Principle Scientist Molecular Diagnostics – Mandarin Speaking – San Diego


Our client’s focus is to improve quality of life and human health by developing and improving upon point of care in vitro diagnostic tests.  In this role you will assist in designing and creating potentially life-saving devices for the healthcare market. As a crucial part of a dynamic team, you will be involved in developing research ideas, executing experiments, and strategizing, and developing these concepts into viable products.





We are currently seeking a creative scientist to fill the exciting position currently available in our expanding Research & Development branch. This individual must have extensive hands-on experience in molecular diagnostics assay development in an industrial setting. The Assistant Director/Principle Scientist will lead a team from conceptual stages of assay development to supporting FDA and CFDA clearance upon successful project completion. Versatility and the ability to design and implement novel experiments, protocols, and technologies is required, in addition to mastery in data analysis. Strong written and verbal communication skills is a must, as this individual will also interact closely with cross-disciplinary teams, including chemists, engineers, and global marketing specialists.



Required Experience

  • Development of molecular diagnostics from product concept through FDA clearance, including initial development and feasibility activities, transferring to manufacturing, and verification and validation studies
  • Demonstrated expertise in the design, execution, and analysis (including various statistical analyses and DOE) of experiments with the ability to keep organized and comprehensive experimental notebooks
  • Experience with sample preparation/nucleic acid extraction from difficult sample matrices
  • Experience with nucleic acid based technologies such as RT-PCR, qPCR, and isothermal chemistries
  • Ability to work collaboratively fostering professional, constructive relationships as part of a team while also working independently to produce data and meet challenging timelines and goals
  • Mentor Research Associates in daily experiments and troubleshooting issues that arise using your experience and knowledge 
  • Excellent organizations skills, including the ability to efficiently evaluate, prioritize and handle multiple changing projects and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with colleagues throughout all levels of the organization




  • S./Ph.D in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field with a minimum of 10 years product development experience in an industrial setting.
  • Previous experience in pre-market approval process, such as 510(k) and/or PMA is a plus.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative multidisciplinary setting, while contributing to a supportive and positive work environment.
  • Ability to mentor junior scientists and team members, and maintain a professional and constructive working relationship with colleagues.
  • Bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.
  • Ability to travel 15%.



Jill Martinelli

I have the coolest job in the world! Defined: Recruit (1635-45); < French, stem of recruter, derivative of recrue new growth. I love this definition – it’s focus is on new growth. I help individuals, departments and organizations grow! As an industry generalist I have the opportunity to learn about the latest technology in real time and converse with the most intelligent, creative and educated people in their respective fields. What a gift to be able to learn from my clients and candidates who keep me current and ahead of industry technology trends while helping them grow their careers and teams. I cut my recruiting teeth by staffing Qualcomm Assemblers (I earned a Soldering Certificate – trained by Qualcomm’s then Production Manager) to Engineering and everything in between. I believe my greatest strength lies in my ability to learn a company and its products as if I work for them- because I do! This leads to the opportunity to build their teams across multi-disciplines, Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Quality, Materials, Operations and Management/C-Level, across multiple industries. (Medical device, Electronics, Green technology, DOD and Scientific) I have helped numerous startups as well as mature corporations grow their teams. My network of contacts has been built over 25 years and has proved invaluable as a resource in finding the best of the best for companies and candidates. Originally from Buffalo, NY (Go Bills!) I earned my BS from SUNY Oswego in Elementary Education (comes in handy as I do a lot of coaching!)
Apply Online

Not ready to apply?

Send an email reminder to:

Share This Job:

Related Jobs: