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Microbiologist 3:30-Midnight

Location: San Jose, CA, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Bioscience R&D

Description

A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for over 55 years, bioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions which determine the source of disease and contamination to improve patient health and ensure consumer safety.

In North America we have more than 5,000 team members across 11 sites or subsidiaries, including Salt Lake City-based BioFire Diagnostics and one subsidiary in Montreal, Canada. 

Come and join a family-owned global company with a long-term vision, and a human-centered culture as a Microbiologist!

Come join a growing company about to make a real difference in treating sepsis patients.

Bloodstream infection leading to sepsis is 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. Nevertheless, current methodologies require 3 days to determine the correct antibiotic to treat a sepsis patient.

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 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:

Specific is seeking a Microbiologist with experience in R&D. The role includes experimental research and development to create a cutting-edge In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) platform. Ideally, you have proven expertise in planning and executing laboratory experiments, data acquisition, and data interpretation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Processing and testing biological specimen samples using aseptic technique and lab safety protocols.
  • Perform a variety of standardized tests within microbiology department.
  • Perform microbiological examinations for the detection and identification of pathogenic bacteria from blood cultures.
  • Working independently and as a member of a cross-functional team to support microbiology research and development.
  • Authoring and reviewing protocols, reports, SOPs, work instructions, and other product-related documents.
  • Routine lab maintenance.

The job requires knowledge and proficiency in standard microbiological methods such as dilution and enumeration of microorganisms, stocking frozen strains, isolation, and identification of pathogenic microorganisms, preparation and sterilization of culture media, aseptic techniques, components of culture media, and impact on growth.

You:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Microbiology or related science discipline.
  • Relevant microbiology experience (preferred).
  • Experience in aseptic techniques required
  • Minimum, 1 year of laboratory bench experience required.
  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory experience is a plus.
  • Self-motivated with proven proficiency in data analysis, research design, troubleshooting, and evaluation of new technologies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of accepted clinical laboratory practice and procedures including handling of potentially infectious material (preferred).
  • Experienced with the standard tools and methods of microbiology, such as pipetting, plating, identification, media preparation, including working in anaerobic environments.
  • Ability to build effective relationships and collaborate with team members across various levels of technical expertise, from technicians through advanced scientists
  • Knowledge of computer skills, quality control, and instrument maintenance.
  • A team player that works well independently as well as part of a team and functions well in a fast-paced biotech start-up.
  • Authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis, full fluency (verbal and written) of the English language is a must.
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