Job Listing Description

Scientist III

PDS Tech is seeking candidates for a Scientist position in Austin, TX

Required responsibilities:

  • Will work in a fast-paced environment and contribute as a team member to meet pre-defined goals  
  • Will apply technical knowledge to develop kits/reagents/instruments for nucleic acid purification from various sample types, which include FFPE, blood, plasma, cells and tissues 
  • Will conduct experiments in molecular biology laboratories (including a BSL2 lab) on a continuous basis
  • Perform sample extraction on automated instruments and all the quantitation testing using various analytical tools
  • Develop a hypothesis and then design the necessary set of experiments to test the hypothesis with limited guidance
  • Maintain accurate and detailed lab notebooks and appropriate documentation based on the scientific method enabling other scientists to reproduce their experiments  
  • Analyze the data derived and explain the outcome of their experiments
  • Prepare regular reports documenting experiments and present research data to a broader team
  • Able to exercise independent judgment within generally defined procedures, laboratory methods and techniques


Skills and attributes:

  • Strong laboratory and technical hands on skills required:
    • Pipet and perform procedures reproducibly
    • Prepare solutions routinely from either powder or stock solutions following formulations
    • Operate most basic lab equipment such as computers, centrifuges, UV light box and camera, quantitation instruments, Agilent Bioanalyzer, PCR and qPCR instruments, plate reader
    • Routine experience with most common molecular procedures such as nucleic acid isolation, PCR, RT-PCR

  • Level of comfort with complex biological instrumentation such as microtomes and homogenizers (preferred but not required)
  • Familiarity with next-generation technologies such as library prep, sequencing, digital PCR. Hands-on experience is a plus
  • Experience with nucleic acid purification automation
  • Experience working with BSL2 sample types
  • Familiar with basic Microsoft tools including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Creative and innovative
  • Good writing & presentation skills
  • Strong documentation and organizational skills
  • Strong multi-tasking skills
  • Works well in a team setting, help coordinate tasks within the team, inspires and co-ordinates people to achieve specific goals
  • Shows initiative by taking on new tasks, beyond what is generally expected


Bachelors or Masters degree in Biological Science, chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical engineering or related field.

At least 3-5 years laboratory experience in either academic or industry setting. Industrial experience in product development environment a plus. Regulated background experience a plus

  1. Technical experience:

    • nucleic acid extraction from FFPE, blood, tissue or cells (familiar with automation is a plus)
    • hands-on experience with analytical testing including qubit, bioanalyzer, Tapestation, qPCR (NGS experience is a plus, but not required)
    • independently analyze data and familiar with Microsoft excel, ppt etc

  2. Working experience:
    • Stable work history, no job hopping within short period of time
    • Industry experience is preferred
    • Fast-pace work environment
    • Team player




Job Number: 2010118213
Job Location: Austin, TX
Duration: 12 months
Input Date: 11/14/2020
Last Updated: 11/27/2020
Attention: Patrick Mahoney
City, State: IRVING, TX 75062
800 Phone: 866/224-2745

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