Scientist I - Sample Prep

Research & Development Watertown, Massachusetts


Job Description:


The ideal candidate will provide expertise and experience in extracting targets from variety of clinical matrices, with a focus on technological solutions that can be used in resource-limited settings.  Successful candidates will join a tam of innovative scientists that are laser focused on improving human health worldwide by making molecular diagnostics accessible outside of traditional laboratory settings.

Essential functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Develop reagents and methods to access target molecules that are compatible with Sherlock’s various downstream detection technologies
  • Integrate developed sample preparation technologies into point-of-care platforms and consumables
  • Independently plan, design, optimize and execute experiments
  • Contribute towards the development of new assays targeting pathogens of interest
  • May supervise and mentor junior scientists and researchers
  • Provide data summaries, written reports and oral presentations to both internal and external teams
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other scientists, chemists, engineers and manufacturing personnel


  • Communicate with Impact
  • Decision Making & Problem Solving
  • Building Effective Partnerships
  • Adaptability
  • Technical Skills/Professional Knowledge
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic team player with a positive attitude

Supervisory responsibilities:  

  • This position may have supervisory or mentor responsibilities

 Work environment:

  • This position will work in the office and the lab. Work with BSL-2 level pathogens will be required. Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment must be worn in the lab

 Physical demands:

  • Long periods of sitting and standing
  • Must wear a mask during the day
  • Must be capable of working in a lab environment for at least 40 hours/week

 Travel required:

  • Less than 10%

 Required education and experience:

  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering, biology, chemistry or related area with 0 - 3+ years post-doctoral experience desired, or M.S. in Bioengineering or Life Sciences with minimum of 6 years industry experience
  • Experience extracting cells, virus, or nucleic acids from a variety of clinical matrices, with experience working with blood as a matrix highly desired
  • Practical experience in the development of in-vitro diagnostics device desired
  • Technical aptitude to learn new scientific applications quickly
  • Creative problem solver with a can-do attitude

Work authorization/security clearance requirements:

Must be eligible to work in the United States

Affirmative Action/EEO statement:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are not merely trendy buzz words to us; they are part of our core values.  We are committed to creating a community of well-rounded professionals from all ethnicities, nationalities, educational backgrounds, and genders.  This “melting pot” of differences is what fosters ideas and innovations. Our beliefs span beyond our walls and into the world, as reflected in outreach to various underserved domestic and global communities.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Sherlock requires employees to be fully vaccinated pursuant to company policy (policy allows for potential exemptions for medical or religious reasons, consult with Human Resources for more information).