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R&D Innovation Leader

Stockholm, Sweden

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

Success Profile

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

Employee Quote

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) Stockholm, Sweden Status Regular Job ID JR-022781

Vanadis Diagnostics (part of PerkinElmer) develops NIPT screening based on cfDNA detection. The Vanadis system is built by a cross-functional team of scientists and engineers with competencies in genomics, engineering, optics, informatics and software development and uses advanced DNA and microfabrication technology to extract clinically relevant information from blood samples.

The R&D Innovation Leader will lead R&D activities focused on bringing new technologies and applications to the molecular testing product line within PerkinElmer’s Diagnostics Segment. Responsibilities for the RDI Leader includes identifying new opportunities, developing product and technology roadmaps and lead the R&D teams executing on these initiatives. The RDI leader is also responsible for contacts with and assembly of information from key opinion leaders and stake-holders. The role combines strong scientific and technology development leadership with excellent people management skills and strategic thinking to create an inspiring environment for development of innovative and high-quality products that exceeds customer expectations. The RDI Leader will establish, lead, and maintain multidisciplinary research projects with the aim of developing proof-of-concept applications and products. While most of the team sits co-located within the Sollentuna site location, this leader will work closely with global teammates to drive the overall growth of this segment within PerkinElmer.


  • In collaboration with business leadership, he/she will define the product and technology roadmap for the existing Vanadis cell-free DNA testing platform and conceive new product ideas based on technical and scientific advancements in the field.

  • Retrieve and assemble information about potential application in the field of reproductive health from internal and external experts.

  • Develop internal and external structures and teams to build a culture for development of innovative products that meet & exceed customer needs. This includes understanding the vast capabilities of PerkinElmer outside of our Vanadis site so that those can be utilized for Vanadis customers, where appropriate

  • Develop employees by providing scientific and technical mentorship. Support teams and projects with technical guidance when needed.

  • Participates as part of the Vanadis segment strategic leadership team.

  • Works cross-functionally and interacts globally with all business functions including product management, marketing, sales, service, operations, finance, and business-development in support of the new products.

  • Academic advancement: Develop & implement academic studies for existing & new products in support of business goals. Assist customers in publishing their data on the Vanadis platform.

  • Mentor, coach and develop talented R&D staff. Create a workplace culture that supports an employees’ engagement and retention.

  • Expand core domain competencies, with a focus on molecular technologies and its applications


  • PhD, or equivalent experience, in molecular biology or similar fields

  • Solid experience in R&D management of multidisciplinary teams on projects of high complexity

  • Strong communicator. Strong written & verbal communication skills in English (mandatory) and Swedish (beneficial). Ability to interact and engage across leadership teams within the function and beyond.


  • Experience developing new technologies and assays into commercial products

  • Experience in identifying and working on clinical applications based on molecular technologies

  • Data driven and structured thinker with strong analytical and planning skills

  • Desire and commitment to combine the interests of our customers, our team and our company into strategies, R&D projects and products that makes a real impact

  • Strong cross-functional collaboration skills. Encourages the expression of diverse ideas and opinions, respecting individuals. Navigates cultural differences well and can drive solutions across the enterprise.

  • Displays a high degree of emotional intelligence, leads through influence, displays humility, and puts mission and team before self

  • Deep knowledge of cell-free DNA testing field, NGS and related technologies

  • Experience in prenatal testing or oncology clinical research fields

  • Experience writing and publishing research papers

  • Experience with giving scientific presentations at professional society symposia

  • Experience working with clinical laboratories


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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