Senior Scientist - Assay Development



Gaston Geenslaan 1, 3001 Leuven, Belgium

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About miDiagnostics

miDiagnostics is using silicon chip technology that will bring miniaturized, lab-quality tests with built-in device connectivity and rapid results direct to the patient and clinician. Combining a nano-fluidic processor on a chip and a compact reader, miDiagnostics can measure virtually any biomarker from an easily accessed sample such as a single drop of blood. The Company is developing an extensive portfolio of tests for screening, diagnosis and monitoring of a wide range of health conditions, including infectious diseases. Spun out of the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, imec, and a research collaboration  with Johns Hopkins University, the leading US research and medical centre, miDiagnostics’ goal is to enable fast, comprehensive and cost-effective health analysis, regardless of location.  Based in Leuven, Belgium, miDiagnostics is a privately-held company created in 2015.


The Job

 The Assay development team focuses on creating innovative molecular diagnostic product modules for sample processing, target isolation and detection.

You’ll be part of a dynamic, multicultural and science driven team and involved in multiple projects applying molecular, cell and microbiology methodologies.

The Assay development team stands at the interface between samples and silicon technology helping translating biochemical variables in analytical measurements.


As our Senior Scientist, you will:

  • Lead research projects on sample characterization and preparation, target isolation and purification

  • Coordinate iterative development of innovative molecular diagnostic modules (extraction, amplification, detection)

  • Ensure effective communication with silicon chip designers and process engineers

  • Coordinate assay-hardware interface activities and data integration

  • Design and validate methods for quality control, scale up and transfer

  • Accountable for timely work packages delivery, data quality, SOPs, reports and safety documentation according to ISO standards


Profile and competencies

  • PhD degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or related disciplines

  • Minimum 5 years of industrial experience in biotechnology, molecular diagnostics or molecular microbiology

  • Experience with mammalian, bacterial and viral cultures, extraction and nucleic acid processing

  • Experience with molecular detection technologies (PCR, LAMP, NGS)

  • Experience with sample isolation and  novo assay design and development

  • A thorough understanding of solid phase extraction chemistry

  • Expertise in design of experiment and statistical data analysis

  • Experience in microfluidics is a strong plus

  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)

  • Strong organizational skills, proactivity, scientific curiosity with keen interest in novel technologies for molecular diagnostics

  • Strong communicator and planner: proven experience with steering cross-functional teams, coaching junior scientists and coordinate lab experiments performed by research assistants is mandatory

  • Ability to thrive and deliver in a fast-paced, dynamic and highly multi-tasking environment

  • Experience with IVD development and knowledge of regulatory context (IVDR and FDA) and intellectual property is required

  • Manage third party collaborations and scout for new technologies and partners

  • Capability to work in a cross-functional and multi-cultural team

  • Demonstrated innovative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Interaction with and support to the Project Managers.

  • Team player, enthusiastic, accurate in execution and reporting


Our offer

  • Full-time job at a fast-growing and ambitious start-up in the biotech industry

  • Market competitive salary and benefits package

  • miDiagnostics is an international-oriented company with close connections to two world class research institutions (imec and Johns Hopkins University)

  • Opportunity to grow in a new and exciting cutting-edge field in point-of-care diagnostics

  • Our offices are located in Leuven (Belgium). Relocation to Belgium is needed.

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