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Microbiology Lab Technician

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. The 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 the 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.


Specific is seeking a Lab Tech with experience in microbiology. Ideally, you have proven expertise in aseptic technique, media preparation, and lab maintenance. Responsibilities include:


  • Processing and testing microbiological specimen samples using aseptic technique and lab safety protocols.
  • Prepare solutions/reagents
  • Record and document test data in notebooks/binders/electronic notebooks
  • Perform a variety of standardized tests within microbiology department.
  • Performing other quality control procedures to assure the operational accuracy of equipment and test reproducibility.
  • Maintain the laboratory and equipment.

Job Requirements

  • Associate’s degree or previous coursework in Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or a related field is preferred
  • Exposure to pipetting; will pipet an average of 2-3 hours per day, at times up to 8 hours
  • Experience with GLP’s is a plus
  • Basic computer skills; able to read and enter information via computer 50% of the shift
  • Strong attention to detail and self-motivation


  • Monday - Friday daily, during normal business hours, 9am-5pm, with some flexibility
  • Due to the highly variable nature of our business, we ask you to be available for at least 1 weekend day in a four week period

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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