Research Associate

Diagnostics for All, Inc.


August 19, 2014

Diagnostics For All (DFA) is an exciting non-profit organization focused on improving global health by creating and commercializing very low cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care medical diagnostic devices for underserved populations in the developing world.  Conveniently located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we are creating a new generation of diagnostic devices using elegantly simple paper-microfluidics technology, originally developed in the lab of Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University. DFA has received several grants to develop this technology from varied sources including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and DARPA.  Please learn more at

Position Summary:

DFA is seeking a creative and highly motivated person to fill a position at the Research Associate level in a new program focused on immunoassay and biochemical assay development. The goal of this project is to identify pathogens based on immunologic and biochemical signatures.  Duties will include (i) pathogen culturing, (ii) device fabrication and testing, and (iii) data analysis.

We are searching for a candidate with strong technical skills and a passion for solving problems affecting those living in low-resource settings. The candidate must have a B.S. or M.S. degree in bioengineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field. Candidates with bacteria and other cell culture techniques are especially encouraged to apply. The ability to work independently with initiative and creativity is necessary.

Please note that this is a temporary position with funding not anticipated past June/July 2015.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a small, passionate team developing a novel technology with the potential to positively impact millions of people and rapidly gain hands-on experience with diagnostic test development.

If you are interested in an exciting opportunity to change the way health care is delivered in much of the world, contact us at and reference RAC-005 in the subject line.  Please no phone calls. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area (see above)
  • Prior laboratory experience
  • Independent work ethic
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent laboratory technique

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with biological samples
  • Competency in cell culture
  • Experience with microfluidics or other device engineering
  • Experience with computer design and imaging software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop)

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  • Company Diagnostics for All, Inc.
  • Contact Name Betsy LeBlanc
  • Position Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Job Reference Code RAC-005
  • Minimum Required Education Bachelor's Degree
  • Size of Company in MA 15
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