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Associate Staff Scientist

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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 has developed a breakthrough solution to rapidly determine the effective antibiotic treatment for bloodstream and other acute infections. Used for bloodstream infection, Specific’s elegant, unique, and low-cost solution provides results 2 days sooner (1 day vs 3 days).

The Job

Specific Diagnostics is seeking a Senior R&D Scientist to join the chemistry department. This role is responsible for performing laboratory experiments that contribute to the development of new antibiotic susceptibility testing products. Responsibilities include:

  • Design experiments under the supervision of a Principal Scientist.
  • Perform and thoroughly document laboratory experiments.
  • Author feasibility and development plans, protocols, engineering documents, and various reports to support product development.
  • Write requirements and specification documents for new equipment and processes.
  • Assist with equipment testing and optimization by designing and executing engineering experiments.
  • Analyze data collected in lab experiments using graphical and statistical methods.
  • Clearly and efficiently communicate research progress using presentation tools in weekly group meetings.
  • Prepare solutions and use analytical lab equipment.
  • Perform dimensional analysis and serial dilutions.
  • Demonstrate time management and efficiency through careful planning and multi-tasking.
  • Maintain inventory and order lab supplies as needed.


Creating new-to-the-world, impactful products require passion, smarts, strength, persistence, and hard work. You should be able to think independently and work collaboratively to solve problems. You should be able to design experiments following the scientific method. Only candidates with industry experience in a research laboratory environment or product development will be considered.

  • PhD in Engineering, Chemistry or similar discipline with 1+ years of industry chemistry and/or medical diagnostics, or M.S. in equivalent major with 4+ years in chemistry and/or medical diagnostics
  • This position requires a minimum of 5+ years bench work experience in a research laboratory environment. At least 2 years should be in an industry position.
  • You must have a track record of designing experiments, analyzing data, and presenting findings to interdisciplinary groups in industry.
  • You must have experience authoring protocols, reports, engineering documents, and any other documents related to product development/life-cycle.
  • You must be comfortable working with a variety of standard lab and manufacturing equipment.
  • You must have knowledge of solution preparation and formulation development.
  • You must have excellent chemical hygiene and experience working with hazardous materials.
  • You must be able to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • You must have strong focus and attention to detail, with the ability to prioritize accuracy while following best practices in a fast-paced industrial laboratory environment.
  • You must have the ability to build effective relationships and collaborate with team members across various levels of technical expertise, from technicians through advanced scientists.
  • You must have proficiency in Microsoft Excel (JMP preferred).
  • You must have the ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate satisfactorily in English, in person, and on the telephone.
  • You must be self-motivated, highly organized, and open to learning new skills.
  • Preferred: experience in product development.
  • Preferred: experience in fast-paced start-up environment

Working Conditions:

  • Extensive standing, repetitive hand and arm motions, ability to climb steps. Lifting (up to 50Lbs) and moving containers. Working with the computer at the workstation. Constant noise is common due to the operation of equipment. Excellent personal hygiene required. Gloves are required to handle the product. Excellent chemical-hygiene and experience working with hazardous materials. Lab coats and Safety glasses are required


The estimated salary range for this role based in California is between $100,000 and $120,00 annually. 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

Job Type: Full-time, M-F 9 am – 5 pm.

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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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