Job Description

Research Scientist/Project Leader

The Research Scientist/Project Leader is responsible for independently planning and executing research and development projects focused on the generation of novel, rapid molecular diagnostic assays to detect microorganisms in various applications. This position works under the supervision of the Director or Research and Development to carry out complex R&D objectives from project imitation through commercialization. The Research Scientist/Project Leader is responsible for designing, monitoring, and troubleshooting experiments as well as analyzing results, anticipating bottlenecks, and seeking creative solutions to challenges encountered during the development process using scientific knowledge, evaluation of the scientific literature, and laboratory research.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to oversee, guide, and assist with assay development projects assigned to other R&D scientists in order to accelerate expansion of Invisible Sentinel’s product portfolio.  The Research Scientist/Project leader must be enthusiastic about the pursuit of science and focused on maintaining a positive R&D team dynamic.\


  • Plan and execute research and development projects
  • Collaborate with and oversee fellow scientists to advance departmental objectives
  • Design experiments to be performed by project team members. Analyze data resulting from these experiments with a critical eye generate conclusions and propose next steps
  • Anticipate challenges and troubleshoot experimental difficulties
  • Ensure activities are consistent with project critical path and respond appropriately to changing priorities to deliver projects that meet the design specification on time
  • Upon project completion, collaborate with technology transfer team to properly document assay development data/performance specifications and transfer manufacturing instructions/practices for commercial launch. Interact with sales team to provide scientific background in preparation for product sales and customer interactions
  • Respond to scientific and technical inquiries from customers and prospective customers
  • Assists the Director of Research and Development with special projects and critical tasks

Job Requirements:

  • Able to work in a dynamic, multi-tasking and cross-functional environment
  • Team-oriented and proactive attitude; ability to communicate and interact effectively with management as well as lab personnel, sales personnel, and customers
  • Ability to work both independently and on team-based initiatives
  • Broad scientific knowledge and strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to independently plan, execute, and troubleshoot molecular biology and microbiology experiments geared towards the development of novel molecular detection assays
  • Excellent attention to detail including accurate and thorough record keeping


  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, biology, microbiology, biotechnology, or related discipline plus two years of industry experience
  • Proven track record of leading small teams and projects to successful outcomes
  • In-depth knowledge of molecular biology, microbiology, and genetic principles and methodology
  • Significant experience performing molecular biology and microbiological techniques, including:
    • Design and optimization of RT PCR- and endpoint PCR-based assays for sensitivity, specificity, and robustness
    • Culture of diverse microorganisms, including implementation of selective growth and isolation strategies that favor target organism growth/detection over background organisms
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks appropriately to address fluctuations in deadlines, excellent oral and written communication skills

Reporting Structure:

  • Reports directly to the Director of Research and Development

INVISIBLE SENTINEL, prides itself on not restricting the limits of the career opportunities that employees can pursue as the company realizes its goal of becoming a global diagnostic biotechnology leader. Invisible Sentinel encourages both the professional and personal growth of our employees and is committed to supplying our employees with the resources they need to realize their full potential.

INVISIBLE SENTINEL, a global molecular solutions company based in Philadelphia, is dedicated to providing first-in-class microbial detection tools. The company’s core technology, Veriflow®, is a patented, game-changing platform that integrates molecular diagnostics, antibody design, and immunoassays. Veriflow® has been applied across multiple industries including food safety and beverage quality.


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