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Development Scientist


Development Scientist

Gaithersburg, MD
Full Time
  • Responsibilities

    TITLE: Development Scientist

    LOCATION: Gaithersburg, MD


    We are looking for a passionate, self-driven and experienced Development Scientist with a background in organic and analytical chemistry and expertise in bioconjugation, chemical crosslinking, surface modification and labeling of biomolecules. The Developmental Scientist will be responsible for leading formulation and process scale-up efforts and preparing quality control and validation protocols for commercialization of innovative product solutions for forensic and diagnostic applications.


    • Collaborate with partner R&D laboratories and teams to further develop, formulate and participate in the commercialization of new products requiring solid phase chemical crosslinking and validation protocols involving quantitation of biomolecules.
    • Insure proper quality control and product performance and provide instructions on proper chemical testing and processing procedures.
    • Prepare compounds, reagents, and solutions used in laboratory procedures.
    • Write technical reports describing methods and findings and demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    • Present findings to Company management, marketing, scientists, and other colleagues.
    • Maintain laboratory instruments, troubleshoot malfunctions, and purchase new laboratory supplies.
    • Evaluate and ensure compliance with laboratory safety procedures and standards.


    • Masters degree in Chemistry or a related field, or a Bachelors degree with several years relevant experience in a commercial life sciences company.
    • Experience in scientific research and laboratory work with emphasis on use of chemical crosslinking reagents and development of biomolecular testing and quality control protocols.
    • Proficiency with computers and scientific equipment.
    • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
    • Good presentation, documentation, and reporting skills.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Sense of ownership and pride in your performance and its impact on the company's success.
    • Satisfactory and positive responses from business and personal references.
    • Passing of a background check which may include verification of prior employment, criminal conviction, and history, educational and driving records.


    • Critical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills.
    • Team player.
    • Good time-management skills.
    • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Hands-on, action oriented.
    • High energy.
    • Self-starter able to work autonomously.
    • Copes well with the change, uncertainty and ambiguity inherent in an early stage company.