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Research Scientist - Biochemist

Brooklyn, New York
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Dec 1, 2021

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About Chemeleon: Chemeleon ( is a New York-based startup company developing disruptive sensing technology to make a safer and smarter world. We have created a novel platform technology for rapid, accurate and affordable diagnostic assays that can detect a broad range of analytes including drugs, proteins and viruses. This instrument-free, in vitro diagnostic assay provides a colorimetric readout in minutes, visual to the naked eye, without the need for any readers, equipment or training, providing truly decentralized testing that can enable clinicians to extend the point-of-care and laypeople to self-administer at the point-of-need. With support from the National Institutes of Health, we are utilizing this platform technology to develop a point-of-care diagnostic assay to enable surgeons and Emergency Department personnel to rapidly detect and treat cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks in traumatic brain injury, otolaryngological and spinal surgery patients. With its 14-patent portfolio, Chemeleon is now building its team to commercialize this technology in this key market and beyond, ultimately establishing this cutting-edge platform as the new standard in instrument-free in vitro diagnostics. 

We have an exciting opportunity for an energetic, highly motivated research scientist to join our technology development team. An advanced degree in biochemistry or related discipline with a record of peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated experience in biotechnology is required. Applicants should have hands-on experience in protein and nucleic acid biochemistry. A strong background in molecular sensing and biosensor development is preferred.  The ideal candidate should be highly motivated with demonstrated ability to work on interdisciplinary research projects.

Required Skills & Experience

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, or other related discipline.
  • Expertise and experience in nucleic acid biochemistry and protein biochemistry with extensive experience in aptamer development and employment in assays.
  • Experience with immunoassay and in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical device development.
  • Broad chemistry/biochemistry knowledge of buffer systems, surfactants, preservatives and statistical analysis and design of experiments.
  • Strong background with aptamer technology, bioconjugation, surface chemistry, manipulation of DNA- or RNA-interacting proteins and peptides, and general background and biochemistry.
  • Proven track record of creativity and the ability to develop novel methods and assays.
  • Demonstrated analytical and creative thinker. Ability to work independently or in a team environment to successfully plan and complete projects and solve research problems.
  • Motivated, enthusiastic, hard-working, cheerful individual who wants to be part of a dynamic technology development team
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, time sensitive, startup environment with positive can-do attitude.

Preferred Skills & Experience (not required)

  • Experience in nanotechnology research, product commercialization, and FDA’s regulation of medical devices.
  • Experience in filing USPTO patent and applying for federal funding: NIH, NSF, DoD.
  • Experience in sensor technology development.
  • General knowledge of CRISPR related technology.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Apply expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology in in-vitro diagnostic medical device product development.
  • Assist with laboratory and equipment maintenance as well as laboratory safety.
  • Design, correlate, troubleshoot, and analyze experiments needed to accomplish complex tasks.
  • Participate in designs for a variety of products, designs for testing of new components, materials, and processes.
  • Engage in clear and concise communication with colleagues and supervisors through oral updates, written reports and technical meetings.
  • Troubleshoot and improve existing processes, tools and chemistries to create robust products and improve process performance.
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