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Laboratory Team Lead (Frozen Panel)

Location: San Jose, CA, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Bioscience R&D

A family-owned company, bioMérieux has grown to become a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. For almost 60 years and across the world, we have imagined and developed innovative diagnostics solutions to improve public health. Today, our teams are spread across 44 countries and serve 160 countries with the support of a large distribution network. This includes our SLC site, formerly known as BioFire Diagnostics.


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 bioMerieux 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 (1 day vs 3 days).

We offer an opportunity to join us at an inflection point in our commercial growth, with our first commercial product being released new venture capital funding and recognition from major customers and government agencies fueling an expansion of our staff.


The Job

  1. Perform and document all manufacturing steps and verification as described in company procedures/policies for the following, but not limited to:
    1. Verify that all media is appropriately labeled and stored based on all regulatory and Master Formulary specifications
    2. Proper Equipment (MDZ autospense, etc) operation and Clean-In-Place (CIP) operation
    3. Calibrations of instruments, scales and meters as needed
  1. Train new and coach existing team members to develop strong technical and leadership skills throughout the department. Track progress of on-the-job training of new employees. Report personnel issues or deficiencies to Group Lead as needed.
  2. Provide expert knowledge of departmental procedures and consistently uphold all company policies. Ensure all procedures reflect the current methods used by the team. Develop and write new procedures as needed. Assist in coordination of training on technical updates and procedural revisions.
  3. Assist in meetings and technician scheduling, ensuring that all products are completed in a timely manner.
  1. Support the standard of cleanliness set forth in department 5S guidelines by administering frequent internal audits.  The audits include, but are not limited to, checking for:
    1. Clean and organized lab workspaces,
    2. Clean instrumentation and equipment,
    3. Workstations maintained according to 5s principles,
    4. Any unspecified actions are undertaken that are required to maintain 5s compliance.
  2. Maintain adequate inventories of general lab supplies and chemical materials. Initiate requests for additional equipment as needed. Maintain FEFO and FIFO for all long-term stocks, broths and panel components.
  3. Troubleshoot instrument and/or equipment repair immediately to prevent production delays and get in touch with field service engineers from the manufacturer when appropriate. Identify areas of deficiency and implement best practices to improve employee safety and reduce cost incurred by poor process design.
  4. Participate in new product development and assist with new product transition to production from R&D and Industrialization as required.
  5. Perform other duties and projects related to lab and department operations as requested by management.



  1. Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry is required
  2. A minimum of five (5) years wet chemistry and/or bench work experience preferred.
  3. A minimum of two (2) years supervisory experience preferred.
  4. Ability to work effectively and efficiently toward goal completion in a complex, diverse environment with multiple and changing demands using advanced problem solving, time management and laboratory skills.
  5. Strong leadership with the ability to motivate other team members and manage multiple schedules.
  6. Ability to work independently and in groups with diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.
  7. Ability to effectively train and coach other team members to enhance the technical and behavioral culture.
  8. Advanced knowledge of GLP/GMP and ISO guidelines, sterile techniques and general laboratory procedures. Ability to quickly learn new procedures and reduce to practice.
  9. Strong PC skills (MS Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook; MES and SAP desired).
  10. Must be able to work both independently with minimal guidance or 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.
  11. 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 success of the department.
  12. Adapts well to a frequent changes to expectations, priorities, and production demands; must be accepting of changing methods to align with new information, changing conditions and unexpected obstacles.
  13. Recognizes when to seek clarity, communicate issues to Group Lead/ Manager, and ask for assistance in attaining a goal; ability to both prioritize and delegate assignments to achieve efficiency and success.
  14. Encourage the development of others through guidance and mentorship; fosters an environment of teamwork and flexibility amongst the department.
  15. Conveys goals and objectives clearly and in a compelling manner; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; produces clear status reports; communicates tactfully and candidly.




Decisions involving operations in the production laboratory are made daily and include:

  • The number of products and sub-components produced correctly and on schedule.
  • Ensure the team has a productive workflow to meet the customer demand
  • Management and scheduling of break times
  • Resolution of technical/material flow issues and addressing equipment malfunction
  • Timing of new technician training certification




Work involves performing computer applications and standing for extended periods of time.

May be exposed to and require the handling of antibiotics and hazardous materials.

May be exposed to odors incurred during media production.

Lab work is performed wearing a hairnet, safety glasses and a lab coat.  Excellent personal hygiene required. 

May be required to operate a forklift.

May be required to work extended and/or overtime hours.

Reasonable, reliable attendance and punctuality is an essential job function required for this position.

Must be able to lift up to fifty (50) pounds.


BioMérieux Inc. and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. 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 BioMérieux’s or its affiliates’ 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).

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