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Senior Research Scientist

  1. Boston, Farmingdale, Portland, Lenexa
JR119678
  1. Research and Development
  2. ICON Full Service & Corporate Support
  3. Office Based

About the role

At ICON, it’s our people that set us apart. Our diverse teams enable us to become a better partner to our customers and help us to fulfil our mission to advance and improve patients’ lives.

Our ‘Own It’ culture is driven by four key values that bring us together as individuals and set us apart as an organization: Accountability & Delivery, Collaboration, Partnership and Integrity. We want to be the Clinical Research Organization that delivers excellence to our clients and to patients at every touch-point. In short, to be the partner of choice in drug development.

That’s our vision. We’re driven by it. And we need talented people who share it.


If you’re as driven as we are, join us. You’ll be working in a dynamic and supportive environment, with some of the brightest and the friendliest people in the sector, and you’ll be helping shape an industry.

The role:

Senior Research Scientist

This is an On-Site role located in one of the following ICON Labs locations: Cambridge, MA; Lenexa, KS; Portland, OR; or Farmingdale, NY

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a fast paced, busy environment for a leading global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The primary role of the Senior Research Scientist is to oversee the scientific aspects of an assay development/validation project. 

  • Independently direct development and validation of new genomic assays
  • Exhibit scientific leadership related to the testing of clinical trial samples for RT-PCR, qPCR, and ddPCR assays
  • Independently manage all aspects of R&D assay validations; experiments, data analysis, sponsor updates, interact with: Scientific Affairs, IT, operational labs, business development, and project management teams 
  • Experienced multi-tasker with the ability to work independently with a high degree of quality
  • Attend and present results at client facing meetings
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven track record in delivering focused customer service and client satisfaction
  • Experience in managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Serve as a scientific leader within the department
  • Ability to remain composed and even-keeled in stressful situations, performing effectively in spite of shifting priorities, workload and external pressures
  • Knowledge of basic computer programs

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Minimum 6 years of experience in genomic assays
  • PhD in science related field preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, good laboratory and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently and efficiently.
  • Ability to multitask, along with an orientation toward teamwork and leadership, and strong creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Benefits of Working in ICON:

Our success depends on the knowledge, capabilities, and quality of our people. That’s why we are committed to developing our employees in a continuous learning culture – one where we challenge you with engaging work and where every experience adds to your professional development.

At ICON, our focus is to provide you with a comprehensive and competitive total reward package that comprises, not only an excellent level of base pay, but also a wide range of variable pay and recognition programs.  In addition, our best-in-class employee benefits, supportive policies and wellbeing initiatives are tailored to support you and your family at all stages of your career - both now, and into the future.

ICON, including subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know through the form below.

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