Scientist, Molecular Diagnostics, Assay Development – Hologic, Inc. Espoo



About the job

Scientist I, II – Molecular Diagnostics, Assay DevelopmentLocation: On-site Espoo, Finland

Travel: Occasional international (up to once per month)

Contract: Permanent

Language requirement: English

Hologic, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium molecular diagnostic products and services that are used to diagnose human diseases, screen donated human blood and to aid in biomedical research. Hologic is also a leader in the development, manufacturing and sales of medical imaging systems and biopsy devices as well as surgical and treatment products, with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women. Our business is dedicated to impacting the lives of people across the globe through the early detection of disease, improved diagnosis and less invasive treatments.

There has never been a more exciting time to join us. Bright people, working together to pioneer advances in human health care, have created Hologic’s success. Our company believes that people are our greatest asset and only by recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining the most talented employees can we continue to be successful. Our work atmosphere is stimulating, innovative and customer focused. We provide employees with state-of-the art tools and technology, a collaborative and passionate work environment and the ability to make a dramatic difference in the world of healthcare.

We are looking for two Scientists to join our Assay Research & Development team in Espoo, Finland. In Espoo R&D, we are developing new innovative molecular diagnostics products in infectious disease area on our Novodiag platform. These tests are targeted for the global health care markets and will be developed according to the European, US and other relevant regulatory standards and Hologic Science of Sure development process. You will join around 50 colleagues in Espoo R&D and work in very close collaboration with our R&D centers in Paris and San Diego, with expertise in e.g. assay development, chemistry, microbiology, bioinformatics, mechanical and electrical engineering, microfluidics, software and algorithm development. Espoo R&D is located in Keilaniemi, where we are working on multiple new product development projects.

We expect from candidates for all positions:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent teamwork skills coupled with proactive way of working
  • Analytical mindset and problem-solving skills
  • Good computer skills, willingness to learn new software tools used in R&D
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise in laboratory procedures and molecular biology methods, especially PCR, related instruments and equipment
  • Basic knowledge of microbiology

The following skills are considered as plus:

  • Experience in working in IVD, life-science or medical device companies as well as familiarity of the applicable regulations and standards in IVD test development (EU, USA, ROW)
  • Experience in working in a global company
  • Experience with relevant bioinformatics tools and algorithms
  • Understanding/execution of basic statistical calculations and statistical design of experiments (DOE)


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Designs and executes moderately complex experiments to complete a segment of the overall project and incorporates findings into design of future experiments.
  • Integrates own data with those of others within and outside of the project team.
  • Writes and reviews product documentation.
  • Presents data to internal groups.
  • Writes study protocols and reports covering several lines of experimentation.
  • Operate complex lab equipment and perform routine maintenance/repair.
  • Assists in the establishment of procedures and research methodologies.
  • Provide recommendations and observations to scientific staff.
  • Initiates literature review and searches.
  • Trains others on project assay and serves as a resource for solving product issues.
  • May oversee junior level Research Associates.

Education & Experience:

  • Technical Bachelor Degree (AMK) with 3-5 years of experience
  • MSc Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field with 1-2 years of experience
  • Or related education and working experience in appropriate field


Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Responsible for molecular diagnostic product development within a dynamic team environment. May also manage and mentor Research Associates/Scientists as part of daily responsibilities.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Research – Nucleic acid amplification methods and manipulation including purification, amplification, hybridization, etc. Genomic analysis including qPCR, DNA sequencing or NGS. D ata analysis using appropriate software (R, Excel, JMP etc.)
    • Feasibility – Multiplex assay design (qPCR or similar technology), sample processing, assay formulation optimization and troubleshooting of automated workflows.
    • Product Development – Formulation optimization including DOE; transfer of methods and formulations to manufacturing; establish QC methods and specifications for product release testing. Interface with SW and HW engineers to support software development, results processing, and instrument integration.
    • Present work both internally and externally at scientific meetings.
    • May serve as the R&D technical representative on a project Core Team.
    • Collaborate and communicate effectively with junior level employees, peers, and cross-functional teams across all levels of the organization.
  • MSc Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field with 3-5 years of experience, preferably industrial
  • PhD Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field
  • Or related education and working experience in appropriate field