Exact Sciences Corporation

Supervisor, Advanced Research & Technology

Job Locations US-WI-Madison
Req No.
Research & Development
Regular Full-Time

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Supervisor, Research, with limited guidance from more experienced scientists, works individually and in collaboration with others on multiple projects which are moderate to complex in scope. This position plays an active role in the planning of projects and experiments and is often the technical lead responsible for the successful execution of the project.  The Supervisor, Research will primarily be involved in early research and discovery projects, serving as a technical lead in translating research ideas and concepts into the product development pipeline. This position provides leadership to a team of junior research associates by defining clear and realistic goals, clearing barriers to success, and understanding of skills and tasks associated with successful execution. This person is also responsible for supporting a collaborative environment that promotes positive teamwork where all members are working for the good of Exact Sciences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to a team of junior research associates.
  • Plan and conduct advanced research experiments, identify problems and discrepancies, analyze results, and identify and address trends in study data.
  • Operate scientific instrumentation related to performance of duties and notify appropriate personnel of any problems.
  • Utilize and apply methods or technologies effectively and provide ideas for new techniques, when appropriate.
  • Provide technical input and participate in decisions affecting research plans, experimental outlines, and design.
  • Prepare and provide information and data for scientific abstracts, industry conferences, project meetings, and/or publication.
  • Generate, document, and communicate development plans for critical aspects of a project.
  • Prepare and approve detailed technical procedures, protocols, and reports.
  • Evaluate impact of and effectively communicate nonconforming data to product or process.
  • Maintain lab notebook in a clear, complete, and consistent manner, following all legal, ISO, and QSR requirements.
  • Present experimental results and defend scientific ideas and findings at data meetings, group meetings, project team meetings, and/or departmental meetings; provide technical input, as needed.
  • Work on problems of diverse and complex scope in which analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.
  • Exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Work on individual assignments and with project team members and direct reports, as appropriate, to meet department and project objectives.
  • Work within project timeframes.
  • Act as technical lead for one or more projects that are moderate to complex in scope.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgement within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining and interpreting results; analyze data and present findings in a professional and knowledgeable manner.
  • Supervise direct reports; including, but not limited to, organize, and prioritize work, write/conduct performance reviews, train/develop, and manage work performance.
  • Communicate goals clearly to employees to ensure understanding and success in achieving them.
  • Motivate and inspire employees to do their best work through coaching.
  • Maintain morale and support employee engagement initiatives.
  • Promote an open, collaborative environment built on trust to foster positive teamwork.
  • Assist in planning and recommendation of activities that account for prioritization of organizational and department goals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and frequently with team members and cross-functional leaders, as necessary.
  • Ability to collaborate, work effectively, and contribute within team, department, and cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to effectively work on several varied projects at one time, with frequent changing priorities.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Exercise technical proficiency, scientific creativity and rigor, and independent thought when challenging and debating scientific ideas.
  • Apply sound technical ability and knowledge.
  • Apply experimental knowledge and outcomes to new and valuable problems; ability to make predictions based on a deep understanding of the fundamental nature of the inputs into a decision or action.
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds for approximately 5% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to grasp with both hands; pinch with thumb and forefinger; turn with hand/arm; reach above shoulder height.
  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Ability to use various types of laboratory equipment; including microscopes, microtomes, blades, strainers, and pipettes for extended periods of time.
  • May perform repetitious actions using lab tools.
  • Ability to use near vision to view samples at close range.
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials, tissue specimens, and instruments with moving parts, lasers, heating and freezing elements, and high-speed centrifugation.
  • Ability and means to travel between Exact Sciences locations.
  • Ability to travel 5% of working time away from work location, may include overnight/weekend travel.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in life sciences, medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemical/physical/biological science, or field related to the essential duties of the position; or Master’s degree in life sciences, medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemical/physical/biological science, or field related to the essential duties of the position and 4 years of experience in lieu of a Ph.D.; or Bachelor’s degree in life sciences, medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemical/physical/biological science, or field related to the essential duties of the position and 6 years of experience in lieu of Ph.D.
  • 1+ years of experience in medical device/IVD, biotech, life science, or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in molecular biology and/or biochemical techniques.
  • Strong knowledge in the principles of molecular biology, biochemistry, next-generation sequencing (NGS), genomics, and/or protein research.
  • Working knowledge of statistical and mathematical methods in biology/genetics/genomics to include statistical software, such as JMP.
  • Good understanding of GMP, ISO, and Quality Systems.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office to include Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years of industry or academic experience, post doc.
  • 1+ years of experience leading or directing people and/or project teams.
  • Experience in an FDA-regulated environment, ideally in medical device development.
  • Experience in a biotech manufacturing environment, preferably in an GMP and/or ISO environment.
  • Proteomics and protein discovery experience.
  • Previous experience in antibody-based assay development and immunoassay techniques/platforms (e.g., ELISA).
  • In depth understanding and experience immunoassay and immunocapture-based research and development.


We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company’s affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.


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