Assay Development Scientist

Job description

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
As our Assay Development Scientist, you will be part of a dynamic, international and multidisciplinary team that develops a completely new medical diagnostic device to be used at the point of need. You will be involved in complete blood count (CBC) test and product development. You will be responsible for CBC tests and related R&D topics with the emphasis of biological aspects. Experimental design and organisation as well as data processing and interpretation are your core responsibilities and interests. You will be expected to report according to high scientific standards and write documentation compliant with ISO 13485.

Your responsibilities will be a.o.:

  • Plan / design studies for the development and optimization of prototypes and product(s) within well-defined boundary conditions and timelines
  • Manage, organise and schedule complex and conflicting testing priorities for a group of technicians.
  • Execute studies, analyse data, summarize/present results and writes study reports independently
  • Participate in identifying/trouble shooting experimental issues and recommending solutions
  • Find solutions to problems in a creative and scientifically sound way
  • Maintain well organized laboratory notebooks and documentation in compliance with relevant procedures and regulations
  • Liaise within the organisation and with external partners

Job requirements

  • You have a Master’s degree or PhD in biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, biomedical or bioscience engineering, or other equivalent discipline
  • Minimum 2-5 years of industrial experience in IVD product development and/or relevant academic experience
  • Experience in haematology is a strong plus
  • Experience with microscopy or microfluidics is an advantage
  • Experience in data science and/or design-of-experiment (DOE) is a plus
  • You are able to manage different research work packages simultaneously
  • You are a hands-on and resourceful problem solver
  • You are eager to learn novel concepts and technologies
  • You have strong technical writing and communication skills
  • You have attention to detail, work in a structured and methodological way
  • You are a team-player
  • Fluent knowledge of English (spoken and written). Knowledge of Dutch is an asset
  • You feel comfortable in a start-up environment and you can easily switch from one task to another
  • You appreciate working in an open space amongst enthusiastic, multidisciplinary and international colleagues