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Sr. Scientific Specialist

Boston, Massachusetts | Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Location Boston, MassachusettsUS Job ID REQ-050265


  • Use their expertise in flow cytometry and cell sorting to teach, assist, and oversee core lab functions.
  • Serve as a resource for users; to train new users, help self-operators solve problems with their instrument operations and improve their skills in all aspects of FACS instrument function.
  • Acts as primary resource to provide experiment setup technical leadership for all scientist's operators and aid resolve experiment setup, design, and operation issues
  • Performs guidance with routine, moderate, and complex analysis for flow cytometry assay specimens in accordance with assay specific gating guides (GG) and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Perform routine maintenance on FACS equipment, including QC of cytometers and routine fluorescence compensation procedure
  • Leads routine quality investigations
  • Supports management in coordinating daily assignment of workload and assist in daily workload completion and review process
  • Coordinates and responds to queries, communications, and workflows with flow labs to ensure consistency and timely resolution
  • Identifies and leads efforts related to troubleshooting and process improvements to increase data quality, lower costs, or reduce turnaround times
  • Completes CAPAs and effectiveness verifications
  • Become familiar with all software used in the facility such as Benchling and assist facility users in learning to use this software
  • Understand common and unique biological applications, cell handling techniques, and reagents used by researchers and assist them in designing and optimizing their FACS experiments
  • Take responsibility for non-routine instrument maintenance and repair (complementing instrument manufacturer service)

Critical Skills:

  • Comprehensive understanding of how the flow cytometer and FACS instruments work.  
  • Attention to detail and understanding of the basic laboratory environment 
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to troubleshoot and solve problems independently 
  • Ability to follow oral and written directions 
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of relevant equipment after training 
  • Ability to work independently and lead a team


  • Masters degree in related scientific field with 3 years of relevant work experience in flow cytometry or BA/BS degree in physical or biological science or a related science and 5 or more years of recent, directly related work experience or Associates Degree in life science or other relevant discipline and 10 years' flow cytometry experience in a laboratory environment or High School Degree/GED with 15 years' flow cytometry experience in a laboratory environment.
  • Basic experience with MS Office: Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A highly qualified candidate will have 5 or more years of experience with one or more of the following instrumentation systems: Sony SH800 FACS, BD FACSAria, BD Symphony, Cytek Aurora, ACEA Novocyte 
  • Master's degree in an Immunology scientific discipline is preferred   
  • A highly qualified candidate will have experience in working with and/or designing larger flow cytometry panels (>10 colors)

Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to remains in a stationary position more than 25% of the time
  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move inside and outside labs
  • Frequently operate on instruments, objects, tools or controls, which will require regularly bending, squatting, stretching and reaching in order to perform in a service function.
  • Regularly move or lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally move or lift up to 100 pounds 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include without limitation, the ability to observe details at close range (within a few feet of the instrument), distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus in order to perform the essential service functions of this position.
  • Occasionally operates a computer and other office machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer
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