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Associate Scientist III (3PT)

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Location: Philadelphia, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Engineering

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 incumbent is responsible for the testing of food and environmental samples using various microbiological analyses. The incumbent provides analytical support for the lab by ensuring that laboratory procedures are being performed within specified quality guidelines and within stated turnaround times (TAT). This position serves as a technical resource and provides ongoing technical support related to method and process implementations. This position spends time split among sequencing, diagnostics, QA/QC activities, reporting and technical training.  The majority of the associate scientist’s time will be performing tasks related to whole genome sequencing, metagenomic sequencing and method development related to sequencing.



  • DNA/RNA isolation & extraction, QC of DNA/RNA, library prep in advance of sequencing, sequencing on at least two platforms (MiSeq/iSeq), and seq data analyses.
  • Prepare, analyze, and perform the microbiological preparation and testing of food sample. Perform confirmation tests on suspect plates or tubes to identify the strain of microorganism.
  • Read, calculate and record analysis to produce a report for the client. Correct any discrepancies that occur.
  • Assist in training new technicians/scientists in performing various microbiological analyses. Perform Method Audits under the direction of lab management.
  • Maintain knowledge of current methods and quality systems. Evaluate current methods and recommend modifications as new procedures become available.
  • Educate and train technicians/scientists on correct procedures and new analysis methods. Submit changes to SOP’s or methods to Corporate Technical group.
  • Assist lab management in the implementation/evaluation of new Microbiology/Sequencing methods.
  • Assist lab management in investigating lab issues related to process deviations and failures.
  • Evaluate systems that have potential for errors and work directly with company experts to determine appropriate changes to these processes that will eliminate the potential for error.
  • Assist in the development of training materials to be used in the lab.
  • Understand and participate in the proficiency testing process and how results are reported to the lab.
  • Track lab performance and corrective actions on microbiology proficiency programs.
  • Assist with investigation of errors and implementation of corrective actions.
  • Understand laboratory control chart data to ensure that unsatisfactory data is identified and addressed appropriately. Assist lab management with addressing errors.
  • Prepare customer-facing reports in a manner consistent with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 23418 guidelines.
  • Interact directly with customers through project ideation/planning, reporting, and customer inquiries.
  • Act as SME for whole genome and metagenomic sequencing as well as one or more specific topics pertinent to the laboratory operation, such as classic microbiology, Petrifilm analyses, FDA BAM confirmations, TEMPO and GeneUp technologies, veriFLOW technology.


Studies and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in science, biology, microbiology
  • 1-4 years of experience


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