Job Description

National Jewish Health/*National Jewish Health - Main Campus/Clinical Lab - Administration

Denver, CO

Full Time (40 hours per week)

Work Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Req # 12903

Position Summary    

The Senior Scientist is responsible for the development of new assays, tests and kits for the Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories at National Jewish Health.  The senior scientists work closely with the Laboratory Directors and may also work with academic and industry sponsors and collaborators, under the direction of the Laboratory Director to identify unmet needs for new tests and improved methodology, with a specific focus on our core areas of respiratory disease, immunology, infectious disease and molecular testing.  

Essential Duties    

  1. Leads and advises on the work of technical staff by providing effective communication, direction, technical guidance and resources as appropriate. 
  2. In collaboration with laboratory director, interprets diagnostic tests and communicates results to clients.
  3. Participates in continuous quality improvement initiatives for laboratory processes and works collaboratively with laboratory supervisor to implement changes.
  4. Plans, develops, operates, records, collaborates and reports all steps of new test development, validations and/ or updated processes or platforms. 
  5. Adheres to specified projects on a priority basis determine by the laboratory director or by the business needs of the ADx laboratory.
  6. Presents data to Laboratory Directors and other stakeholders in regularly scheduled meetings. 
  7. Executes projects over multiple disciplines including but not limited to Immunology, Molecular Biology, Mycobacteriology and Microbiology and works with Project Managers to assure timely completion of sponsored projects. 
  8. Continually deepens technical expertise by staying at the forefront of industry trends, new technologies, new method execution strategies, as well as current method optimization.
  9. Works with laboratory supervisor and director to train and mentor staff.


  1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
  2. Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  3. Coaching and Teaching Others: Providing timely guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem.
  4. Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
  5. Creativity and Innovation: Applies creative problem-solving skills to develop solutions to problems; recognizes and demonstrates the value in taking “smart” risks and learning from mistakes; develops multiple alternatives and understands the feasibility of each; effectively shares and implements his/her ideas. Generates innovative solutions in work situations; tries different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
  6. Energy: Consistently maintaining high levels of activity or productivity; operating with vigor, effectiveness, and determination over extended periods of time.
  7. Impact and Influence: Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved. Taking advantage of opportunities to make a difference and have an impact. When used well, the intended outcome of this competency is the creation of goodwill, trust, and respect while motivating people to want to follow you even when they don’t have to.
  8. Perseverance/Resourcefulness: Accesses and utilizes available resources inside and outside the company.

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility    

1-5 direct reports. 


Minimal travel may be required to attend trade shows or conferences to promote National Jewish Health Laboratories. 

Core Values    

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Minimum Qualifications


PhD in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or related field required.

Work Experience    

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively increasing technical experience in general laboratory methodologies required. Three (3) years Postdoctoral experience preferred.  Experience in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Mycobacteriology and / or Microbiology is preferred. Experience developing LDT’s in a CAP/CLIA regulated environment and validation for 510K or PMA applications with the FDA preferred.

Special Training, Certification or Licensure    


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