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Senior Application Scientist

Waltham, Massachusetts

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) Waltham, Massachusetts Status Regular Job ID JR-023814

Imagine a world where you could detect health issues sooner to treat them more effectively. Where food and water are always safe, even in remote corners of the earth. And where scientific and medical research are enhanced to solve the greatest challenges of our times. At PerkinElmer, we imagine this world every day. Then, we innovate and collaborate to make it happen everywhere.

Our dedicated team of about 14,000 employees worldwide, pioneers scientific technologies for better detection, imaging, and informatics to help our customers work to create healthier families, improve the quality of life, and sustain the well-being and longevity of people globally.

If you are seeking a meaningful, impactful, and stimulating career, look no further.

PerkinElmer is seeking a highly motivated scientist to join the Waltham Molecular Diagnostics and Process Development R&D team. This role will focus on collaborative work in the development of several molecular assays, including real-time PCR and LabChip. The position will contribute to projects and provide accurate results to assure the timely launch of reagent kits for Research and Clinical use.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate attention to detail, good benchwork skills, follow SOPs, be a highly motivated team member, be able to deliver on clear targets, and effectively communicate results.


  • Technically contribute to multiple projects developing reagent kits for molecular diagnostics and system integration

  • Hands-on involvement in molecular assay development, verification and validation

  • Own and drive technical sub-projects as needed to guarantee overall project success

  • Present experimental findings and interpretations to R&D team members

  • Actively contribute to technical root cause activities to identify and alleviate roadblocks internally and with customers

  • With guidance, create documentation for R&D DHF deliverables according to PerkinElmer Design Control Process for IVD or RUO products (feasibility plan/report, reagent/software requirements, verification & validation plan/report)

  • Ensure timely completion of all relevant deliverables. Plan own work in alignment with overall timelines of the R&D projects and support other team members.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS or above in relevant science field, such as biology, molecular biology, or cell biology.

  • 5+ years of Industry experience in the life science with BS degree, or 3+ years of Industry experience with Masters Degree, or 0+ year Industry experience with Ph.D. degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent knowledge of molecular methods for DNA purification, cloning and amplification, real-time PCR

  • Working experience in study design, sample preparation, and data processing for real-time PCR assay

  • Good bench work skills and an ability to perform careful and consistent experimental procedures

  • Experience with IVD product validation is a plus.

  • Experience with liquid handling automation or sample prep automation is a plus

  • Experience with statistical data analysis tools (e.g. JMP, Minitab) is a plus

  • Experience with different real-time PCR instruments (Bio-Rad, Thermofisher, Roche) or LabChip is a plus

  • Track record of publications in related field is a plus

  • Self-planning, strong sense of ownership and interpersonal skills

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work in fast pace environment, where change is a constant

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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