Clinical Lab Research & Development Specialist - Core Lab

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_MAIN-Main Hospital 

Req ID: 182151

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

​About Us
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If you are ready to challenge yourself, be inspired and grow – no matter what your role – you just may be the kind of breakthrough maker who will thrive at CHOP.

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Job Summary

Under the direction of the Clinical Labs Section/Division Manager and Medical Director(s), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the Clinical Lab R&D Specialist will research, develop, and implement advanced techniques or instrumentation for clinical diagnostics. The R&D Specialist will evaluate new methods, techniques, and instrumentation to make recommendations to the Faculty and leadership. S/He will lead projects for procedure development, initiating and conducting work without direct supervision in order to achieve successful implementation of fully validated, novel clinical diagnostic tests. The R&D Specialist will participate and collaborate in the scientific publication process. The R&D Specialist supervises other research staff and assists in lab operations. The R&D Specialist performs high-complexity diagnostic testing procedures.

Job Responsibilities

  • Drives innovation of clinical laboratory operational and technical goals with new clinical diagnostic test implementation.
    • Conducts research of laboratory testing with significant clinical diagnostic value to achieve full development, validation, and implementation of new clinical diagnostic tests
    • Is a leader in the design, planning, and implementation phases
  • Applies project management techniques to ensure development initiatives stay on track
    • Tracks project progress, develops milestones and success criteria, communicates roadblocks or risks to project initiatives, and provides regular updates to leadership team.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

  • Provides technical expertise for laboratory equipment and operational implementation
    • Works with laboratory leadership to identify and select the necessary reagents and supplies for test development and implementation.
    • Collect and interpret scientific data and apply statistical tools to evaluate research initiatives and quality of processes.
    • Trains laboratory staff on new procedures, protocols, and equipment use/maintenance
    • Accurately performs diagnostic tests or procedures of the highest complexity.
    • Develops standard operating procedures and protocols
  • Acts as a champion for testing innovation through partnership and relationship building with laboratory faculty and leadership, laboratory staff, CHOP researchers, vendors, peer institutions, and professional laboratory organizations/affiliations/networks.
    • Active in relevant professional organizations/affiliations/networks to stay current on technology development trends

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

    • Author or assist in authoring publications for peer-reviewed, scientific, quality, or management journals.
    • Present research findings within the institution or at scientific meetings
    • Collaborates with researchers, fellows, laboratory staff, laboratory leadership and faculty, vendors, peer institutions to develop new research initiatives.
  • Leads and directs staff to achieve operational and research objectives
    • This role works independently and is expected to direct staff assisting with research and development projects, training of staff, and helps with operational oversight where needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelors in Medical Laboratory Science or other science related field. 


Required Experience: Five 5 years of laboratory experience including experience in assay development, implementation and in advanced tech skills inventory.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Masters in Medical Laboratory Science or other science related field.


Preferred Experience: 10 years of laboratory experience including assay development and implementation.


Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations: MT (ASCP), (NCA), MLS(ASCP) or related specialty certification.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Exhibits the ability to work with computer programs and computer-controlled equipment
  • Exhibits the ability to analyze and interpret data, multitask, and maintains confidential material.
  • Exhibits good laboratory technique and safety practices.
  • Exhibits good communication, technical, and organizational skills.
  • Experience and/or training in multiple laboratory sections and high complexity testing (advanced tech skill inventory).
  • Exhibits the ability interpret scientific literature & regulatory compliance and apply to laboratory policy & procedure improvement or development.
  • Exhibits the ability to lead scientific projects towards procedure establishment and write regulatory compliant policy & procedures.

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  This mandate also applies to workforce members performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. Additionally, all workforce members based in or regularly scheduled to work at any New Jersey location are mandated to be both vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, with booster timing consistent with applicable guidelines. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons.  Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.
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