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Lead Scientist

Department: Scientific Operations       

Report To: Director of Scientific Operations

Job Summary

The Lead Scientist will execute the development, standardization, validation of analytical methods employed by MCR Labs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Execute work in such a way as to ensure legitimacy and defensibility of data in accordance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Contribute to proper functioning and maintenance of methods and materials including instrumentation.
  • Author procedures and reports associated with validations, experiments, and test methods.
  • Plan, execute, and report experiments performed in support of method development and validation, research and development, materials validation, process improvement, and troubleshooting.
  • Conduct and document preventative and routine maintenance of instrumentation.
  • Support laboratory technicians in professional development and solving laboratory related problems.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of the cannabis industry with a focus on science and technology.
  • Collaborate with clients, regulators, and other partners to further the progress of cannabis science.
  • Contribute to ongoing assessment and optimization of laboratory throughput and process control.
  • Apply technical expertise and advice to Quality department in support of investigations and corrective actions.
  • Respond to changes in regulations by identifying and implementing solutions to gaps in current processes.


Qualifications include:

  • An entrepreneurial mindset comfortable in a start-up environment
  • Requires a minimum of direction and development
  • Bachelor of Science in a technical discipline e.g. chemistry, biology, etc. or a high school diploma and two years applicable experience.
  • Knowledge of analytical chemistry, regulatory requirements such as ISO 17025, local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Proficient in communication, solving problems, and representing the company.
  • Experience in performing and leading others in a fast-paced, high throughput, regulated cannabis testing laboratory.

Working conditions

The Lead Scientist will support MCR’s Framingham and Allentown locations and will be willing to start-up laboratories at new locations. The lead Scientist may be required to relocate or spend considerable time at new and or existing locations.

To apply, please send resume to

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