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Staff Scientist, Product Development

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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 estimated salary range for this role based in California is between $135,900 and $177,200 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

Position Summary       

Specific Diagnostics, a BioMérieux company, is a medical device company that has developed a rapid antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) system that delivers phenotypic AST results directly from positive blood cultures. BioMérieux’s 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 strives excellence in research, development, and manufacturing.       
As a Staff Scientist in the Microbiology Department, you play a crucial role in supporting the development of  AST products. Your responsibilities span both laboratory work and collaboration with R&D teams and other functions to ensure seamless integration of AST assays on the Vitek Reveal platform. You will contribute to the development of concepts, tools, methods, plans , protocols and reports to support the development of diagnostic tests under design control. Strong communication, organizational, and troubleshooting skills are essential, along with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.      
Primary Duties      
  • Collaborate closely with the software,  system engineering, and chemistry teams, as well as other functions, to support menu products on the Vitek Reveal.
  • Design and execute development and verification studies required to support AST assay development
  • Analyze large performance datasets generated from AST experiments.
  • Support biological testing needed for software validation and system verification activities.
  • Troubleshoot technical issues specific to the AST tests/system, record and report these issues cross-functionally, and provide suggestions and resolutions for investigations.
  • Prepare bacterial cultures and perform AST experiments using clinical bacterial isolates.
  • Collaborate with other scientists and managers to optimize testing protocols and workflows within the lab.
  • Maintain accurate records of experiments and results, write work instructions (WIs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), protocols, reports, process flows etc...
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory standards (e.g., FDA, ISO) and comply with biohazard safety standards.
  • Participate in product risk assessment, technical design reviews and critically evaluate design and implementation plans
  • Summarize findings and present results to cross-functional teams.
  • Mentor and train new and existing team members
  • Propose and explore novel approaches/tools to develop new methods and enhance testing accuracy and efficiency.

Knowledge and Skills   

  • M.S. with 8+ years or PhD with 5+ years relevant experience in Microbiology, Bioengineering, or related field
  • Demonstrated proficiency in AST methods (broth microdilution, disk diffusion, etc.) desirable.
  • Familiarity with bacterial identification systems (MALDI-TOF, PCR).Understanding of regulatory and compliance requirements for IVD products (e.g., QSR, ISO, GLP).
  • Familiarity with data visualization/analysis software such as Tableau, JMP or Minitab. Strong proficiency in the use of MS office suite
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) abilities and collaboration skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, decision making, communication, teamwork, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability thrive in challenging fast-paced multidisciplinary environment with focus on meeting tight deadlines and delivering high quality results.
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal guidance or oversight as well as in tandem with all levels of corporate personnel.
  • 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.

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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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