R&D Engineer – Instrumentation

  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #38520

Exciting opportunity to take part clinical research for development of of therapeutics and projects through assay development, validation, and execution. Work with cross-functional groups on an array of scientific projects.

Essential functions of the job include but are not limited to:

  • Lead, troubleshooting, maintenance and oversight of daily, weekly and monthly pm.
  • Responsible for supply chain management; be able to identify new parts needed for instruments
  • Develop and perform QC and material production ex) buffer prep, bead sample prep, etc.
  • Build or refurbish flow chambers, and qualify the chambers on an as needed basis
  • Utilize existing, as well as newly developed, microfluidic device technology to support internal projects, ex: isolate rare cells such as circulating tumor cells (CTC) from blood, and analyzes these using immunocytochemical or immunofluorescence techniques, microscopy, PE Polaris quantitative image analysis, and/or RNA/DNA-based assays
  • Write proposals, generates scientific abstracts, publications, and grant applications
  • Work closely with project managers and resource managers to lead scientific project deliverables and drive assay/product development, project design, execution, and report generation
  • Adhere to CLIA and GCP requirements as appropriate, SOP’s, and study protocols
  • Process human blood and tissue samples for clinical research testing


Minimum Required:

  • Ph.D in biomedical engineering and material science or related fields with a minimum of 2 years post-doctorate experience in an academic or industrial laboratory OR
  • M.S in biomedical engineering and material science or related fields with a minimum of 5 years of academic or industrial laboratory experience

Other Required:

  • Professional certification for specialized testing methodologies or instrumentation as applicable (e.g. ASCP)
  • Outstanding skills with project planning, experimental design, oversight, and advanced troubleshooting related to execution of the cellular analysis related projects, documenting, and analyzing data and generating detailed reports
  • Occasional long hours, work on the evenings, weekends, and holidays along with the possibility travel to support business and/or scientific objectives


  • Record of manuscript publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with rare cell analysis including Circulating Tumor Cells and/or stem cells
  • Experience with grant submission
  • Any level of postdoctoral research or industry experience in oncology, immunology, or related fields with focus on cellular analysis
  • Translational research experience or track record with publications
  • Cell culture experience
  • Some experience with immunofluorescent and immunohistochemistry applications including flow cytometry and/or image microscopy analysis
  • Knowledge of automated laser scanning cytometry or other image microscopy platforms
  • Experience with Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, and specialized image analysis software

This job description is a complete list of all desired skills but not all are required. We strongly encourage candidates who have some of the skills to apply. We look forward to a conversation to learn more about you!

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