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Principal Application Scientist - Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

On the R&D team, you’ll join 700 scientists, researchers, clinicians, software developers, data scientists and engineers who work in all phases of the product development lifecycle – including concept, planning, development and validation on new product launches and patents. Together, you’ll build next-generation solutions that contribute to food safety, diagnostic innovations, drug development, big data technologies and more. The future of environmental, human and life sciences is up to you.

  • Full Time
  • Minimal Travel

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We have found that the following traits and attributes help lead to a successful future in R&D at PerkinElmer.

  • Adaptable
  • Analytical
  • Collaborative
  • Proactive
  • Problem-Solver
  • Innovative

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There is a deep mutual respect for each other’s skills and contributions. Whether it’s taking on a new process skill or a new software skill, we are always moving forward so you never get bored – that’s what makes it exciting even after 30 years.

Jay Ives, Sr. Manager, Spectroscopy R&D


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Location(s) Austin, Texas Status Regular Job ID JR-016357

This position is located in Austin, Texas and Relocation allowance is authorized for the right candidate!

Perkin Elmer is seeking a highly motivated candidate to join the Austin Food Safety R&D team.  This role will lead development of detection platforms for various applications within food safety.  This position will require the ability to interface to a multi-disciplinary group as well as cross functions for the timely completion of projects. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a focused attention to detail, work well with others in a team environment, be able to motivate team members, and be able to define clear targets and effectively communicate results and data interpretation to all team members.


  • Serve as technical lead for new product development and sustaining projects.

  • Supervise and mentor junior level team members

  • Plan/execute efficient and decisive experiments for food safety applications using immunoassay and molecular assay formats

  • Analyze and interpret data

  • Compile and present experimental findings to research team members, cross-functional leaders, and senior management

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and drive technical innovation for food safety assay development

  • Accountable for R&D DHF deliverables according to PerkinElmer Design Control Process for Food products (feasibility plan/report, system/reagent requirements, verification & validation plan/report)

Basic Qualifications:

  • MS in relevant life sciences field (i.e. biochemistry, cell/molecular biology, genetics); 6+-years experience after MS degree.


  • PhD in relevant life sciences field (i.e. biochemistry, cell/molecular biology, genetics); 3+-years experience after PhD degree.

  • In-depth assay development experience with: modern molecular assay techniques (qPCR, LAMP)

  • Track record ofproduct orreagentkit launchpreferably validated by government agencies (e.g. USDA, FDA)

  • Peer-reviewed publications on molecular assay techniques

Preferred Qualifications:               

  • Experience with genome alignment & homology clustering/association tools

  • Experience with immunoassays (Lateral Flow, ELISA, Western, Bead-based)

  • Strong analytical chemistry fundamentals (HPLC, LC-MS, GS-MS)

  • Novel antibody, affimer, or aptamer development experience

  • Experience working in a regulated environment under design review process

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work in fast pace environment

PerkinElmer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. PerkinElmer is committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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