Sr. Scientist

Scientific/R&D San Jose, California

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Company Overview:
 bioMérieux is a medical device company that has developed a rapid antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) system that delivers phenotypic AST directly from positive blood cultures. Our mission is to provide innovative and reliable medical devices that improve patient outcomes and enhance the life of people around the world. Our team of highly skilled professionals is dedicated to excellence in research, development and manufacturing and we are looking for a Sr. Scientist to join our Microbiology Department.
Job Overview

The Sr. Scientist will be responsible for performing and documenting experiments that are part of the development, verification and product stability studies. You will be responsible for planning experiments, authoring documents, following protocols, analyzing, and presenting results. You will work in cross-functional teams to ensure that the studies performed meet all necessary regulatory and quality standards for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) products. Candidates with a strong background in microbiology, susceptibility testing, and product development experience in a regulated environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary Duties

  • Independently design and plan experiments and studies
  • Performs microbiological testing to support ongoing study protocols, and testing of new instruments, AST panels, and consumables.
  • Process biological specimen samples using aseptic techniques and following lab safety protocols.
  • Maintain thorough records of experiments and data in lab notebook or study data sheets or designated project folders and follow Good Documentation Practices (GDP). Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of all activities conducted in accordance with company policies and regulatory standards.
  • Work independently and as a member of a cross-functional teams to support microbiology research and development activities for assigned projects.
  • Analyze generated data and report on it in a timely manner. Experience with large data set analysis and visualization is desired.
  • Write protocols, SOPs, work instructions, and other feasibility and development documents such as plans and reports.
  • Prepares weekly reports and PowerPoint slides to summarize activities and accomplishments clearly and concisely. Present findings periodically at meetings.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to junior scientists and laboratory staff, fostering a culture of continuous learning and skill development.
  • Investigate and assist in the troubleshooting of microbiological and system issues, deviations, and unexpected results.
  • Participate in routine lab equipment and inventory maintenance as needed.
  • Handle and dispose of biohazard material in compliance with OSHA and biosafety procedures and maintain a clean lab environment.
  • Ensure compliance with all company policies and procedures and relevant regulations, including FDA, ISO 13485, and bioMérieux Quality and PDP procedures to ensure that all developed work products meet regulatory standards and safety requirements.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
The job requires 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, investigating components of culture media and impact on growth.
Knowledge and Skills
  • B.S. with 5+ years relevant experience or M.S. with 3+ years relevant experience in Microbiology, Biochemistry or equivalent and/ or Medical Diagnostic development experience is desired. 
  • Experience working within a fast-paced environment with strong product development background and proven proficiency in data analysis, study design, troubleshooting system issues.  
  • Experience in the development, verification and validation of clinical diagnostic and susceptibility assays for infectious disease desired.
  • Strong organizational skills, decision making, communication, teamwork, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex scientific concepts in a clear and concise manner.
  • Knowledge of aseptic techniques, good documentation practices (GDP), and good laboratory practices (GLP).
  • Minimum 3 years of laboratory bench experience preferably in a BSL2 environment, clinical microbiology laboratory experience is advantageous.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 and FDA Quality System Regulations.
  • Must be able to work both independently with minimal guidance and oversight as well as in tandem with all levels of corporate personnel. Show understanding, tact, and patience when working with diverse team members to maintain positive working relationships throughout the company.
  • Must be flexible and able to adapt to changes in task priority and able to work under time constraints.
  • Make sound, well-informed judgments with the quality of product at the top of their mind when forming decisions. Lead by example and reinforcing corporate values that lead to the department's success.

The estimated salary range for this role based in California is between $89,600 - 129,400. This role is eligible to receive a variable annual bonus based on company, team, and individual performance per bioMerieux’s bonus program. This range may differ from ranges offered for similar positions elsewhere in the country given differences in cost of living. Actual compensation within this range is determined based on the successful candidate’s experience and will be presented in writing at the time of the offer. 

In addition, bioMérieux offers a competitive Total Rewards package that may include: 
·        A choice of medical (including prescription), dental, and vision plans providing nationwide coverage and telemedicine options 
·        Company-Provided Life and Accidental Death Insurance 
·        Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance 
·        Retirement Plan including a generous non-discretionary employer contribution and employer match. 
·        Adoption Assistance 
·        Wellness Programs 
·        Employee Assistance Program 
·        Commuter Benefits 
·        Various voluntary benefit offerings 
·        Discount programs 
·        Parental leaves 

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).