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Senior Product Development Engineer

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 estimated salary range for this role based in California is between $136,000 and $163,000 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

 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.

The Job

We are seeking a Senior Process Engineer to join our strong team of Scientists in the Chemistry R&D Department. The Product Development Engineer works to meet deadlines in a dynamic environment and has the temperament to operate proactively and collaboratively in a team, in support of research and development activities. Main responsibilities will focus on the development of colorimentric sensors including assessment of critical quality attributes, defining specifications and verifying them in collaboration with microbiologists, software engineers, process engineers. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work on product development projects related to current and future systems
    • Acquire deep understanding of current product chemistry
    • Work with quality mindset to assess critical quality attributes and critical process parameters
    • Identify criticality of components through risk assessment
    • DOE experiments to establish boundaries
  • Works with the Chemistry R&D team to develop and recommend new formulas and technologies to achieve cost-effectiveness and improved product quality for existing and future products
  • Manage a team of 1 or more junior chemists
  • Operate following product development project guidance: write detailed documentation, set requirements for new products, run verification...
  • Read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, scientific procedures, and regulatory guidelines.
  • Act as an exemplary lab and team member. Proactively teach, coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with supervisors and peers within and across teams and functional groups for lab activities, cleaning, equipment use, specific assigned tasks and projects, and sharing of knowledge, skills, and ideas.
  • Lead investigations and complex experiments, as well as protocol and process development, optimization, revision, and execution. Play an active role in anticipating, identifying, and mitigating risks or hazards in processes, experiments and projects.
  • Use data and critical thinking to evaluate performance and/or deficiencies in products and experiments. Propose strategies and solutions for technical and operational issues when deficiencies are identified.
  • Exercise good judgment and prioritization in time and task management, experimental design and execution, and presentation of results and outcomes to peers and leadership. Be accountable for task completion and follow-through to maintain project goals and timelines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication of results, study protocols and reports.
  • Demonstrates potential for technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought. Ensure proper documentation for regulatory compliance.



Training and Education:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related field.


For individuals with a Bachelor’s degree, 5+ years of directly related experience is required. For individual's with a Master's degree or above, 3+ years of directly related experience is required.

Previous experience with the following is preferred:

  • Experience in an FDA-regulated industry, preferably medical device.
  • Product Development
  • Chemical Formulation
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Experience with vapor and/or liquid chemical sensors and sensor development
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma and DOE
  • Statistical analysis


  • Excellent chemical hygiene
  • Knowledge of routine testing procedures and common laboratory practices.
  • Ability to manage a broad range of projects.
  • Self-motivated, HIGHLY organized, and flexible.
  • Full English fluency required.
  • Ability to successfully collaborate, both with internal stakeholders and teams
  • Solid communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to manage and articulate complex processes
  • Practical time management skills and the capability to prioritize competing tasks with tight timelines
  • Problem-solving and propensity for identifying creative and effective solutions
  • Demonstrated proficiency in successfully building and maintaining relationships as a member of a technically diverse team

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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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