DFA is hiring! Please see below for current opportunities.


Senior Scientist


Diagnostics For All (DFA) is seeking a creative and highly motivated scientist to join our research team dedicated to developing novel point-of-care diagnostics to improve global health and development.  The full-time position, at the Senior Scientist level, will be responsible for leading the technical development of a minimally-invasive, rapid point-of-care diagnostic on our paper-microfluidic platform.  This is an exciting opportunity for a scientist passionate in the potential for novel technology in accelerating global development.


We are searching for a candidate with a proven track record of immunoassay development, preferably in lateral flow or other solid-matrix formats. The successful candidate will work with the program manager, but will lead the in-lab assay development, optimization, and verification with a Research Associate-level scientist. The successful candidate will be expected to direct the activities of the Research Associate on the project development team, but also to work directly in the lab to aid in assay development. We expect the individual who fills this position to show initiative and the ability to work independently against aggressive deadlines. The position will require working in a Biosafety Level 2 environment and with human and animal samples containing potentially infectious agents.


Specific duties will include:

-Leading the development of a point-of-care immunoassay using DFA’s patterned paper platform with input from the Project Manager.
-Optimization of device performance to achieve desired sensitivity using a design of experiment (DOE) methodology.
-Designing and performing in-lab and in-field verification studies.
-Designing and fabricating paper-based devices.
-Coordinating sample collection, standardization, and storage.
-International travel, while possibly required, would be limited to one or two trips a year.
-This position includes one direct report (Research Associate level).
-This position reports to the Director of Operations.


Desired qualifications:

-The candidate will have 5+ years of industry experience and a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Biomedical engineering, or related field. Candidates with Masters degrees are welcome to apply, but should have significant industry experience and demonstrated expertise at leading product development campaigns.
-Experience with lateral flow immunoassays is required.  A strong preference will be given to those candidates with a successful record of successful development of point-of-care diagnostics through to commercialization.
-Experience with biological samples (e.g., blood, urine) is required.
-Experience with veterinary diagnostics highly preferred.


Please email a cover letter and resume to and reference SRS-001 in the subject line.  Please no phone calls.


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 labs 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


Diagnostics For All is an equal opportunity employer.