Field Applications Scientist


At MicroGEM, we are putting rapid diagnostic technologies where they’re needed most – whether it’s a farmer’s field in Uganda to diagnose cassava mosaic virus; the depths of the Pacific Ocean to rapidly sample and analyze water pathogens; or a doctor’s office to quickly identify infectious disease. We call this ‘democratizing molecular biology’ – bringing molecular biology techniques out of conventional, highly skilled laboratories to the point-of-need where they can be used by anyone to solve complex biological problems.

This position, reporting into the Director, Global Sales, will be responsible for supporting customers in successfully adopting and integrating MicroGEM’s novel technologies into their workflows. These efforts will include preparing and providing seminars on the products to help close purchasing opportunities, developing and optimizing workflows and applications on the products, and providing technical support for customers using the products. The ideal candidate will have experience with liquid handling robotic systems (programming, integration), or willing to learn these skills to assist in developing high throughput methodologies for our customers. In addition, this position will support, as needed, the new COVID-19 testing platform.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the U.S. based sales team in driving adoption of the products in customers’ labs, through seminars, on-site (or remote) discussions, experimental optimizations, integration into downstream applications and workflows.
  • Provide post-sales support for customers – either remote or in person.
  • Develop, test, and optimize automation scripts on various automated liquid handling platforms – primarily at customer sites. Partner with automation companies in the integration of their platforms with microGEM’s products.
  • Work with the global support teams: Technical Services and field scientists, along with internal R&D scientists – in developing and implementing consistent strategies and best practices for applications and workflows in customers’ labs.
  • Work with internal partners in the development of information for a global Knowledgebase.
  • Document customer interactions, experiences, resolutions, etc., in the Customer Support documentation system.
  • As needed, provide field or remote support for the Spitfire platform.
  • Interface with the company’s R&D and product management teams in communicating customer issues and/or opportunities for continued partnerships with microGEM.
  • Partner with the field support team in developing application notes, troubleshooting guides, workflow strategies, etc., to ensure customers are consistently successful in adopting and using microGEM’s products.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Minimum of M.S. in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related scientific field (Ph.D. preferred).
  • The ideal candidate will have had some experience in a customer facing role, or has the aptitude and attitude to develop superior customer facing skills.
  • The ideal candidate will have broad based experience in a variety of research technologies: sequencing, qRT-PCR, genotyping, CRISPR, forensics, etc.
  • The ideal candidate will have some experience, or willingness to learn, laboratory automation systems and programming for product adaptation.
  • Ability to work with a variety of software tools (Sales Force, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, and be flexible and adaptable by nature.
  • Ability to work in a very fast-paced environment.

COVID-19 considerations:

We ask that our employees wear masks in common areas, provide masks, hand sanitizers and gloves, as well as disinfecting regularly. We require all guests to wear masks. We also have installed multiple UV Hepa air purifiers throughout the office.



Job Type


Salary Range

$25 - $40 an hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


Charlottesville, Va
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