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Research Scientist

Location: Philadelphia, 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.

 

Position Summary:

The Senior Research Scientist is responsible for independently planning and executing research and development projects focused on the generation of novel, rapid molecular diagnostic assays to detect microorganisms in various applications. This position works under the supervision of the Director or Research and Development to carry out complex R&D objectives from project initiation through commercialization. The Senior Research Scientist is responsible for designing, monitoring, and troubleshooting experiments as well as analyzing results, anticipating bottlenecks, and seeking creative solutions to challenges encountered during the development process using scientific knowledge, evaluation of the scientific literature, and laboratory research.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to oversee, guide, and assist with assay development projects assigned to other R&D scientists in order to accelerate expansion of Invisible Sentinel’s product portfolio. The Research Scientist must be enthusiastic about the pursuit of science and focused on maintaining a positive R&D team dynamic. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute research and development projects 
  • Collaborate with and oversee fellow scientists to advance departmental objectives 
  • Design experiments to be performed by project team members. Analyze data resulting from these experiments with a critical eye generate conclusions and propose next steps 
  • Anticipate challenges and troubleshoot experimental difficulties 
  • Ensure activities are consistent with project critical path and respond appropriately to changing priorities to deliver projects that meet the design specification on time 
  • Upon project completion, collaborate with technology transfer team to properly document assay development data/performance specifications and transfer manufacturing instructions/practices for commercial launch. Interact with sales team to provide scientific background in preparation for product sales and customer interactions 
  • Respond to scientific and technical inquiries from customers and prospective customers 
  • Assists the Director of Research and Development with special projects and critical tasks 

 

Studies and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, biology, microbiology, biotechnology, or related discipline plus two years of industry experience, or Bachelor of Science/Masters in related fields with 5-7 years industry experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of molecular biology, microbiology, and genetic principles and methodology 
  • Significant experience performing molecular biology and industrial microbiological techniques, including: 
    • Design and optimization of RT PCR- and endpoint PCR-based assays for sensitivity, specificity, and robustness 
    • Culture of diverse microorganisms, including implementation of selective growth and isolation strategies that favor target organism growth/detection over background organisms 
    • Experience with FDA, USDA or USP microbial isolation methods.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Able to work in a dynamic, multi-tasking and cross-functional environment 
  • Team-oriented and proactive attitude; ability to communicate and interact effectively with management as well as lab personnel, sales personnel, and customers 
  • Ability to work both independently and on team-based initiatives 
  • Broad scientific knowledge and strong critical thinking skills 
  • Ability to independently plan, execute, and troubleshoot molecular biology and microbiology experiments geared towards the development of novel molecular detection assays 
  • Excellent attention to detail including accurate and thorough record keeping 
  • Proven track record of leading or collaborating with small teams to successful project outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems 
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks appropriately to address fluctuations in deadlines, excellent oral and written communication skills 

 

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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