Company Description

Detect’s mission is to make accurate diagnostics accessible. We build breakthrough technology at the intersection of software, hardware, chemistry, and biology to make diagnostics available at the point of need. Our ultimate goal is to lower healthcare costs, improve patient outcomes, and improve doctor experience by enabling earlier diagnosis and access to treatment.

Job Description

Detect is offering an exciting opportunity to join our Bioassay Development Team, located at Detect’s main campus in Guilford, CT. We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Scientist to help us advance our mission of developing cutting edge diagnostic tests with a focus on infectious diseases. We’re searching for talented individuals who bring a creative and resourceful approach to problem solving along with a passion for finding the most effective and efficient solutions to complex challenges. 

As a Senior Scientist in the Bioassay Development group, you’ll have the unique opportunity to:

  • Establish novel nucleic acid amplification, enzymatic, and/or general chemistry methods and integrate them into cutting-edge testing systems and devices
  • Take the lead in our product development process by designing new products, establishing processes, conducting feasibility studies, and engaging in technology transfer to production and process/product validation activities 
  • Apply new technologies and scientific principles to solve technical problems in original and creative ways
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with clinical, engineering, software, manufacturing, and product teams
  • Communicate project status, requirements, risks and mitigation to project teams and the leadership team
  • Lead or oversee technical projects as needed 


Successful candidates will possess diversified knowledge of the principles and practices in in vitro diagnostic product development with technical depth in at least one area relevant to Detect. They will be effective at framing large-scale problems and balancing scientific rigor with intuition to most efficiently arrive at technical recommendations. We are looking for candidates that are self-directed – able to both work with complete independence but also develop strategic plans to organize collaborative work with others. Candidates will thrive if they have strong time management and scientific leadership skills. Above all, successful candidates will aspire towards a high level of personal productivity, be driven towards scientific excellence and demonstrate a desire for continuous self-improvement and development.

Baseline skills/experiences/attributes:

  • PhD in a Life Science discipline or a related field with 0-2 years of industry experience OR equivalent industry experience without a graduate degree
  • Demonstrated track record of innovative and independent problem solving skills
  • Detailed knowledge of biological assay development, including experience in 1 or more of the following areas:
    • Isolation and concentration of target analytes from complex samples
    • Ultrasensitive detection of nucleic acids and/or other human analytes
    • Development of novel chemical and/or biological methods
    • Developing simple molecular biology workflows for integration into low-cost and consumer friendly and devices
  • Strong analytical data interpretation and decision making skills, including competency with statistical methods and scripting languages necessary for scientific data analysis and interpretation, such as DOE
  • Experience working in a regulatory-compliant environment, including compliance with QMS requirements and rigorous documentation standards
  • Evidence of ability to effectively contribute to multidisciplinary scientific teams, including technical report writing and presentation of complex ideas and data

Ideally, you also have these skills/experiences/attributes (but it’s ok if you don’t!):

  • Experience working in dynamic start-up environments
  • Experience commercializing IVD products for applications in human health
  • Familiarity with the design, implementation and execution of high-throughput methods, including those facilitated by laboratory automation technology
  • Experience managing or leading people

You Deeply Identify with and demonstrate Detect’s Core Values:

  • Put people first. Our colleagues and our customers come first. We respect each other and celebrate our diversity. We take joy in each other’s success, and succeed or fail as a team
  • Eye of the owner. We have an ownership mindset and take responsibility for all of our decisions. No problem is someone else's problem. We are frugal and use company resources as if they were our own
  • No genius without grit. As innovators, we fail often but fast. We are tenacious. We push through adversity and keep getting up. We are problem solvers and always find a way
  • Err on the side of doing. We are scrappy and biased toward action — everyone is an individual contributor. We allow intuition to guide us when we have imperfect information
  • Move fast by working smart. We are inventors. We focus, plan, pursue, and adjust to make big things happen in a fraction of the time others can. We disagree and commit
  • Always be frank. We celebrate openness and diversity of opinion. We are transparent and candid but compassionate in our feedback, and are always honest to ourselves and our customers

Additional Information

We offer great perks: 

  • Fully covered medical insurance plan, and dental & vision coverage - as a health-tech company, we place great worth on our teams’ well-being
  • Competitive salaried compensation - we value our employees and show it 
  • Equity - we want every employee to be a stakeholder
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits - we make your commute more reasonable 
  • Free onsite meals + kitchen stocked with snacks
  • 401k plan - we facilitate your retirement goals
  • Beautiful office near the ocean-front in historic Guilford, Connecticut
  • The opportunity to build a revolutionary healthcare product and save millions of lives! 

For this role, we provide visa assistance for qualified candidates. 

Detect does not accept agency resumes.

Detect is an E-Verify and equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or Veteran status. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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