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Industry careers: application scientist

1/15/2019 10:45:30 AM

To continue our series on industry careers, this week we look at the role of an application scientist. Many companies that sell lab products, equipment and/or outsourced services employ scientists who can provide technical support to customers (e.g., in-field equipment setup, troubleshooting protocols). An application scientist also may work with the sales team to serve as a technical liaison with customers (e.g., testing specific samples on equipment in advance of a purchase, giving input on product selection), attend trade shows and conferences, and present product demos and webinars. If you love learning about the latest advancements in R&D technologies and helping other scientists achieve success at the lab bench, this may be a perfect career match for you.  

Here is a quick roundup of recent job openings for application scientists within various life-sciences companies. The education requirements range from bachelor’s to Ph.D. degrees, with those jobs requiring more direct interactions with customers tending to prefer a terminal degree. And, in general, these positions will require some hands-on experience with the product lines for which the new hires will be supporting. Note: Some variations on the job title, which is useful to know for keyword searches on job boards, include: (field or technical) + (application or support) + (specialist or scientist).  

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • As featured on the ASBMB Job Board, Nexcelom, developer of automated cell counters and image-cytometry products for cell analysis, is seeking a field application scientist to cover its mid-Atlantic territory, with a preferable home base in the state of Maryland. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. and experience with cell biology, cell culture and cell-based assay development. No application deadline is provided.  
  • In last week’s post on genome-editing jobs, we included a job posting for a technical application specialist with Thermo Fisher Scientific. This company frequently hires application specialists/scientists to provide technical support for a range of life-sciences products and services. Check out their careers site to search for additional openings.  
  • LGC Douglas Scientific (Alexandria, Minn.), a global leader in delivering genomic solutions for research, diagnostics and applied markets, is hiring an application scientist. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in biosciences or a related field and two to three years of market-facing experience (e.g., sales, customer service) in a lab environment. No application deadline is provided.  
  • BD Bioscience Informatics/FlowJo (Ashland, Ore.) is recruiting an application scientist who will cover the southeastern region of the U.S. in support of its bioinformatic applications for single-cell data analyses. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in cell biology, immunology, hematology, molecular biology or a similar field and five years of flow cytometry experience. No application deadline is provided.  
  • Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, Calif.) is hiring a technical support scientist to join its Genomics Support Team as a sequencing specialist. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree or Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology or a related field and three years of experience or knowledge with next-generation sequencing. No application deadline is provided.  
  • BioTek (Winooski, Vt.), a market leader in detection and imaging instrumentation for life-science and drug-discovery research, is in search of a technical support specialist to join its service team. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in the life sciences. No application deadline is provided.  

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Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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