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Research and Development Lead

Company: The Translational Genomics Research Institute
Location: Phoenix
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Description:

Would you like your professional energies and talents to contribute to a company that is fighting cancer in pets and introducing precision, genomics-based medicine to veterinary care? Then Vidium Animal Health might be the place for you. Become part of a strong, science-based, fun-loving team that believes passionately in our mission, each other, and the power of the human-animal bond.

What is Vidium Animal Health?

As the animal health arm of the Translational Genomics Research Institute, a part of City of Hope, Vidium Animal Health is the leading genomic diagnostic company for companion animals in the world. Vidium's mission is to guide veterinarians and families through the difficult journey following a pet cancer diagnosis by providing them with the most cutting-edge information possible. Leveraging our state-of-the-art genomic diagnostics platform, we offer veterinarians new and transformative tools to tackle the most common diseases of companion animals - starting with cancer in dogs - and formulate better health solutions for pets and the families that love them. The way we think about cancer as well as how we diagnose and treat cancer in humans and pets is changing at an extraordinary pace thanks to the rapidly evolving fields of genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics and proteomics. Vidium Animal Health is at the forefront of this revolution in veterinary medicine. Vidium has been built on unimpeachable science by a knowledgeable and experienced team with deep veterinary and clinical genomic roots.

Learn more at Vidiumah.com/about-us .

Position Summary

The R&D Lead for Vidium Animal Health, a subsidiary of TGen, is an experienced cancer genomics product development professional who is passionate about improving the lives of pets. Vidium's mission is to guide veterinarians and families through the difficult journey following a pet cancer diagnosis by providing them with the most cutting-edge information possible. The R&D Lead will work as a part of a dynamic team in a fast-paced, startup environment in a position with significant growth potential toward creating a leading company in the field of veterinary diagnostics.
The way we think about cancer as well as how we diagnose and treat cancer in humans and pets is changing at an extraordinary pace thanks to the rapidly evolving fields of genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics and proteomics. Vidium Animal Health is at the forefront of this revolution in veterinary medicine. Vidium has been built on unimpeachable science by a knowledgeable and experienced team with deep veterinary and clinical genomic roots at TGen, a leader at the forefront of precision medicine.
The R&D Lead has multi-dimensional expertise in cancer genomic and molecular diagnostic product development with specific expertise in cancer NGS assay development and non-invasive diagnostics. S/He will develop and execute projects within Vidium's R&D program. They will be responsible for coordinating projects as well as the individual work of testing and validating molecular and genomic assays, creating SOPs, documenting results, and transferring protocols to Vidium's clinical genomics laboratory. The R&D Lead reports to the Head of Bioinformatics & Product Development and works closely with the Chief Scientific Officer while also partnering with leaders across departments, particularly the Liquid Biopsy Lead, to leverage expertise from cross-functional teams for assay development and deployment efforts that carry out our mission.

Job Duties
Collaboratively design and lead development of innovative NGS-based oncology assays in veterinary diagnostics while working cross-functionally with other scientific, clinical, and operations teams
Perform lab and project managerial duties including managing timelines and resources such as oversight of equipment, supplies, ordering, and documentation in the R&D laboratory
Execute complex laboratory experiments such as analyte extractions (DNA, RNA, cfDNA) and QC (quantity, fragments size), PCR, sequencing library preparation, and more
Participate in exploration of new technologies to advance Vidium's product portfolio including assessment of new products, platforms, and companies as well as communication with possible partners and evaluation of customer and market requirements
Accession, process and store blood, plasma and other biological materials
Communicate and discuss results with a multidisciplinary team including clinicians, biologists, bioinformaticians, statisticians, software engineers and managers
Communicate and discuss results with external audiences including preparation of papers, abstracts, and presentations at conferences
Write protocols and document results including scientific data interpretation, product development requirements and plans, development reports, SOPs, and results validation
Coordinate with the Clinical Laboratory Manager for new assay productionalization

Requirements:
Master's degree or Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field (Cancer Genomics, Biological Sciences, Cancer Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Biology, or equivalent).
3+ years' experience in academia or industry developing and validating next generation sequencing (NGS) assays
Experience in early detection and non-invasive diagnostic technologies based on circulating free DNA analysis
Strong foundation in molecular biology and biochemistry techniques especially with regards to nucleic acids
Experience working with DNA/cfDNA/RNA/blood samples
Hands-on experience with basic molecular biology techniques, including PCR, QRT-PCR, digital PCR, nucleic acid extractions, and NGS
Able to handle manual work/pipetting involving high-throughput sample testing
Must have excellent communication, organizational, record-keeping, planning, time management, analytical and problem-solving skills
Demonstrated success in applying independent scientific judgment in experimental design and analysis
Skilled at writing clear plans, reports and SOPs
Enjoy working independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
Ability to adapt to changing priorities
Specific expertise in canine cancer genomics is a plus, but not required
We are a company that has at its core a love of pets and respect for the human-animal bond, so a love for animals is critical!

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