Position: Product Development Scientist

Reports to: Director of R&D

Position Location: Company HQ in Suburban Philadelphia, PA

The Product Development Scientist (PDS) will be responsible for identifying, researching, implementing, and de-risking technologies to be incorporated into MOBILion products. These technology projects will typically be early within the product life cycle process and may or may not proceed to full product development and release. The PDS will serve as a subject matter expert that advises the team on key technical decisions, leads in the detailed design of complex instrumentation, drives the initial build and test of prototype systems, collects first proof of concept data from these systems, and shares results back to the product development team and scientific community on the outcomes of these developments and experiments. For technologies which proceed to full product development the Product Development Scientist will work closely with a Product Development Team to transfer learnings from early experiments to reduce technical barriers in the productization of these technologies.

Area of Responsibility

1

IMS and MS Technical Domain Knowledge (Scientific/theoretical)

50%

2

Prototyping (Engineering concept design/build)

50%

Responsibilities

  • Lead the design of instrumentation systems from the conceptual phase through prototype phase and support knowledge transfer into further development phases
  • Understand the ion mobility and mass spectrometry technology spaces and how these technologies can be leveraged to provide solutions in various applications
  • Create and execute test procedures, documenting and presenting results
  • Participate in technical design reviews at system or subsystem levels in progress
  • Identify gaps in design proposals and technical capabilities
  • Attend key industry conferences to develop an industry presence and to stay current with competitive technology development.
  • Work within an interdisciplinary team to achieve strategic, operational, and technical objectives
  • Adhere to policies, procedures, and protocols to ensure compliance with regulatory and industry standards and practices.

Must-Have Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Chemistry, Physics, or related science or 8-10 years’ experience in a product development role in the mass spectrometry or related instrumentation market. Proven track record developing conceptual and analytical models of ion manipulation hardware
  • Experience building and testing some type of custom ion mobility or mass spectrometry instrument in either an academic or industrial setting.
  • Significant experience building and troubleshooting ion manipulation hardware
  • Understanding how various mass spectrometry systems operate (i.e. QTOF, QQQ, Orbitrap, etc.)
  • Understanding of ion mobility separation principles
  • Able to manage small to medium projects with minimal guidance (project management)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to communicate ideas, designs, and results to internal stakeholders
  • Initiate, direct, and execute scientific research with an emphasis on developing next generation SLIM technology, trade secrets and intellectual property
  • Influence the scientific community and market via patents, publications, and conference presentations
  • Ability to work within the United States
  • Willing to relocate to the Chadds Ford, PA region

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commercial mass spectrometry instrument development experience
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience with SIMION ion trajectory modeling
  • Experience with software coding (Python, C++, Labview, etc)
  • Ability to communicate effectively in front of company clients
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical drawings and electrical schematics
  • Successful work- related experience in leading cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated track record of executing a product development plan from rudimentary lab prototype to commercial launch.

Key Relationships

Internal Interactions:

  • Product development
  • Product Strategy
  • Business development
  • Applications development

External Interactions:

  • Mass Spec Vendors
  • Scientific Community, Academic Researchers
  • Manufacturers and Supply Chain Partners

Cultural, Behavioral and General Characteristics

  • Integrity
  • Collaborative
  • Work standards/high work ethic – initiative and drive
  • Innovativeness & creativity
  • Self-sufficient, self-driven, self-motivated (work with minimal supervision): figure it out
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Ability to quickly learn SLIM technology and apply it
  • Ability to think through complex issues and solve problems
  • Desire to share information and support a transparent culture
  • Technical translation