R&D scientist

Scientific/R&D San Jose, California

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The Company

The world is facing a medical crisis, bacteria are increasingly evolving resistance to even our strongest antibiotics. The problem is already very real and immediate; for example, bloodstream infection leading to sepsis is now responsible for more than half of all deaths in hospitals and is the most expensive condition treated in hospitals. Sepsis mortality rate increases >6% every hour without effective antibiotic treatment. Yet, despite the life and death urgency, and healthcare cost impacts, current methodologies require 3 days to determine the correct antibiotic.

Specific Diagnostics, a bioMérieux company, has developed a breakthrough solution to rapidly determine the effective antibiotic treatment for bloodstream and other acute infections. Used for bloodstream infection Specific’s solution provides results 2 days sooner than existing methods, saving patients suffering from drug-resistant infection.

The Job

This is the job for you if want to be where your ideas will be central to world-changing and lifesaving products. Microbiology R&D is at the core of our company we are seeking an exceptional talent to join our team.You will be a key contributor and critical to the success of the company. The job includes experimental research and development to create a cutting-edge in vitro diagnostic system. Experience in product development for medical diagnostics is preferred. Ideally, you have proven expertise in planning and executing laboratory experiments. Domain knowledge in protocols, execution of clinical studies, and experience working within regulatory guidelines is a definite plus.

The job requires in-depth knowledge and proficiency in standard microbiological methods such as dilution and enumeration of microorganisms, stocking frozen strains, isolation, and identification of pathogenic microorganisms, preparation and sterilization of culture media, aseptic techniques, components of culture media, and impact on growth. You must be able to work in compliance with FDA and ISO guidelines in the regulated IVD arena. Key responsibilities include:

  • Working independently and as a member of a cross-functional team to support microbiology research and development.
  • Preparing data decks and giving presentations for various studies.
  • Working as a member of the development team executing analytical and research studies.
  • Providing team members with technical guidance and training, as well as identifying resources needed to meet or exceed project goals.
  • Authoring and reviewing protocols, reports, SOPs, work instructions, and other product-related documents.


Creating new-to-the-world, impactful products, requires passion, smarts, strength, persistence, and hard work. You should be able to solve difficult problems and get big things done. You will be self-motivated, highly organized, and flexible. Ability to independently manage a project is needed and you must be able to adapt to shifting priorities. You should be excited by the prospect of working in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.

We are adding only the most exceptional talent to our outstanding team of engineers and scientists. You should have a track record of success in your education and projects, along with the following characteristics and skills:
 M.S. in equivalent major with 4+ years in microbiology and/or medical diagnostics.

  • M.S in Microbiology or similar discipline with 1+ years of industry microbiology and/or medical diagnostics, or B.Sc in equivalent major with 4+ years in microbiology and/or medical diagnostics.
  • Microbiology experience.
  • Experience working with a team of microbiologists. Previous track record of collaboration within a fast-paced environment a plus.
  • Experience in the development and validation of clinical diagnostic/susceptibility assays for infectious disease a plus.
  • Teamwork experience, start-up experience and knowledge of AST is a plus, but not a pre-requisite.
  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory experience is a plus.
  • A team player that works well can independently and as part of a team.

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently stand, walk, bend, and perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Should be able to lift and maneuver objects weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Position may require repetitive motion.
  • Should be able to handle the physical stress of moving on hard surfaces.

BioFire Diagnostics, LLC. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
Please be advised that the receipt of satisfactory responses to reference requests and the provision of satisfactory proof of an applicant’s identity and legal authorization to work in the United States are required of all new hires. Any misrepresentation, falsification, or material omission may result in the failure to receive an offer, the retraction of an offer, or if already hired, dismissal. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation in BioFire Diagnostics’ application process by contacting us via telephone at (385) 770-1132, by email at [email protected], or by dialing 711 for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).