Principal Scientist

Published April 17th, 2024


Principal Scientist – Mass Spectrometry Research and Development

PerkinElmer, a global leader in technology is searching for an experienced research and development scientist to help drive innovative solutions in our Mass Spectrometry (MS) R&D team. The individual will become a key member of a group of senior PerkinElmer researchers and liaise closely with other scientists at PerkinElmer’s partners and collaborators. This position reports into PerkinElmer’s Global R&D organization.


Location: This position is based in Woodbridge (part of greater Toronto area), Ontario, Canada.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Initiate, direct, and execute scientific research with an emphasis on developing next generation technology, trade secrets, and intellectual property.
  • Act as a mass spectrometry scientific expert within the R&D team during implementation and process confirmation phases, allowing thorough conceptualization and overall design and testing of new products.
  • Influence the scientific community and market via patents, publications, and conference presentations.
  • Provide research project planning and time estimates.
  • Evaluate competitive products and new technologies from research institutions, aiming to enhance future products.
  • Work with manufacturing, sustaining, and service personnel to improve quality, cost, manufacturability, and serviceability of products.
  • Demonstrate independent and creative scientific thinking, ability in solving complex problems, and resilience to setbacks and changes.
  • Experience and ability to lead and coordinate multiple collaborative projects in a cross-functional program team environment.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering, with strong computer and mathematics skills required, Postdoctoral fellowship is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of mass spectrometry theory and components and prior experience is a must (such as electromagnetic fields, ionization sources, mass analyzers (quadrupoles, TOF, and traps), RF systems, charged particle detectors and electrometers, data acquisition hardware).
  • Knowledge of Liquid Chromatography (LC) theory and components is a must.
  • Knowledge and experience in design and development of ionization sources for MS is strongly preferred.
  • Strong instrumentation design skills and troubleshooting ability.
  • Ability to make independent decisions.
  • Proficient programming skills in one or more industry standard computer languages or firmware.
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical drawings and electrical.
  • Ability to dissect problems and projects into manageable tasks.
  • Excellent group interaction and negotiating skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to plan and define research projects.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks with different priorities.
  • Previous successful academic or work-related experience mentoring peers is preferred.
  • Proven track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
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