Director of Assay Development

Montreal, QC, Canada
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Director, Assay Development

Are you looking to make your next career move? CellCarta, a Contract Research Organization, is hiring a Director of Assay Development to join our dynamic team. As the Director of Assay Development, you will have the opportunity to use your expertise and skills to ensure that our services meet the highest industry standards. Come work with a team of talented individuals who are committed to making a positive impact on human health and well-being. Apply today and take the first step towards an exciting new career with CellCarta!


The Director of Assay Development is responsible for the development of flow cytometry assays that meet the intended purpose in the scope of the clinical trial(s). They manage and mentor a team of scientists and research assistants for the development of custom assays, standard panel set-up, assay characterization and fit-for-purpose validation of exploratory studies, as well as provide guidance for effective testing design and troubleshooting of technical issues encountered in development. They provide scientific/technical leadership within the development team, as well as the scientific team (principal scientists), within CellCarta organization, at scientific meetings and with CellCarta customers. The Director of Assay Development may be required to lead or participate in the implementation of new technologies as well as enhance existing or implement new flow cytometry protocols.


  • Oversees scientific/technical  design and delivery of the projects according to set timelines
  • Ensures that the assignment of projects is appropriate, based on the technical skill set of the scientist
  • Ensures that the development as well as panel set-up in terms of testing design is performed appropriately by the scientists
  • Provides oversight to the technical design as well as conclusions to the data
  • Ensures that the planning of studies is efficient, and deliverables are met
  • Leads troubleshooting activities along with the development scientist by assisting and mentoring members of the development team
  • Assess and implements a streamlined approach to assay development by identifying areas of improvement and leads the effort of optimization
  • Assesses and implements new protocols  for flow  cytometry  assays that maintain CellCarta within industry standards
  • Stay abreast of current best practices in flow cytometry and immunology
  • Review and approve the documentation (e.g.  workplans, reports) from development studies
  • Actively supports Business Development with new client meetings for the  scientific  aspect  and assay  design of future  work  as  well  as scientific meetings
  • Actively  participates  in  assay  plan design and scientific  writing  of client proposals
  • Attends scientific conferences as required
  • Participates in the  preparation  of presentations and publications  in collaboration with clients when possible
  • Interact  with  the Data  Analysis  Unit  and Principal  Scientists  in the development of new assays  as per client needs, including the assay validation phase
  • Responsible   of   performing   annual   performance   review   of staff directly under supervision


  • PhD diploma in Immunology, with 3 years or more of post-doctoral training.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Pharma/CRO industry.

Experience and Skills Required

  • Demonstrated understanding of drug development (discovery, preclinical and clinical phases).
  • Working understanding of biomarker assays in support of drug development.
  • Long standing (>10  years) experience with flow cytometry techniques and applications in the field of immune monitoring including assay design as well as handling complex data set of multi-color panels.
  • Expert level  proficiency in working with third  party flow cytometry data analysis packages and Microsoft Office products.
  • Strong knowledge of current validation requirements for cell based analysis.
  • Strong  knowledge and understanding  of GLP/CAP/CLIA  regulations  and other regulatory guidelines.
  • English and French proficiency (written and spoken) is required.
  • >4 years of experience in people management or demonstrated ability to manage people.
  • >4 years of experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team by gathering consensus and  then make decision on the path forward.
  • Works methodically and systematically.
  • Critical and creative thinker.
  • Advanced level  of  understanding  and analytical  skills  to  interpret  data and draw conclusions.
  • Communicate clearly and confidently and has excellent interpersonal and teaching skills.
  • Ability to manage tense  situations  constructively  and  maintain  good relationship with internal/external clients.
  • Ability to present high-level summaries to senior management.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Excellent record keeping, attention to detail.
Working Conditions
  • Must be willing to supervise activities in Bio Safety Level (BSL) 1 or 2 facilities where biological samples may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous viruses such as HIV,  HCV, or CMV.


We offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • Competitive Wages;
  • Vacation and Personal Days;
  • Comprehensive Group Insurance Plans;
  • RRSP Contribution with Employer Matching;
  • Employee Annual Incentive Plan (EAIP);
  • Dialogue Telemedicine Service and Employee Assistance Program (EAP);
  • OPUS & Cie Contribution;
  • Parking Reimbursement;
  • Referral Program;
  • Career Advancement Opportunities.

About CellCarta

CellCarta is a leading provider of specialized precision medicine laboratory services to the biopharmaceutical industry. Leveraging its integrated analytical platforms in immunology, histopathology, proteomics, and genomics, as well as related specimen collection and logistics services, CellCarta supports the entire drug development cycle, from discovery to late-stage clinical trials. The Company operates globally with facilities located in Canada, USA, Belgium, Australia, and China.

Joining CellCarta means working with dedicated professionals who are focused on achieving our mission of impacting the future of patient therapy. We make a difference in the lives of patients around the world! 

Join us as we make an impact on patient therapy!

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