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Senior Development Scientist in Sacramento, California at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics

Date Posted: 5/15/2019

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Job ID: BEC014293

About Us

Beckman Coulter develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing. Our diagnostic systems, found in hospitals and other critical care settings around the world, produce information used by physicians to diagnose disease, make treatment decisions and monitor patients. Scientists use our life science research instruments to study complex biological problems including causes of disease and potential new therapies or drugs. More than 275,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in both diagnostics and life sciences laboratories on all seven continents. For 80 years, our products have been making a difference in peoples’ lives by improving the productivity of medical professionals and scientists, supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care.
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The Senior Development Scientist leads the development and execution of new product designs, processes, feasibility studies, scale-up experiments, technology transfer to production, and process/product validation activities.  The position includes laboratory and desk roles to develop complex diagnostic laboratory workflows for multiple R&D programs in microbiology, ensuring that product performance and regulatory requirements are demonstrated through the planning, execution, and data management of studies.  The role will be responsible for the creation and documentation of detailed product specifications and instructions for product use in clinical microbiology laboratories employing diagnostic procedures including antibiotic susceptibility testing and microbial identification. 

Operational activities supporting these development responsibilities require strong cross-functional collaboration.  Deliverables include: development of complex microbial assays consisting of reagents, assays and instrumentation, evaluation of available technologies and protocols in clinical laboratories, product compatibility testing against customers' requirements, study designs based on clinical experience and/or knowledge of customer/patient needs. The position is in the Research and Development group which is responsible for reagent and assay development on our Microbial diagnostic platform.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
* Development and optimization of assays, reagents, sample preparation methods and protocols for in vitro diagnostic tests
* Characterization of infectious organism’s antibiograms, drug resistance mechanisms and biological nature of variance in resistance under various environmental conditions
* Maintenance of detailed experimental records and laboratory documentation
* Authorship of technical reports, SOPs and supporting quality documentation
* Design of training and troubleshooting materials to assist assay transfer to manufacturing
* Surveillance of technology and competitive trends in Medical Microbiological Diagnostics
* Application of strategies and analytical problems solving skills to reagent and system integration issues to identify critical performance factors of microbiology and chemistry assays
* Presentation of data at technical meetings
* Efficient allocation and prioritization of time and resources to meet individual, team, and corporate goals

Job Requirements


The ideal candidate must have a background primarily in clinical microbiology and biochemistry. Success in this position will require:
* Experience in clinical microbiology assays, reagent preparation methods and test protocols including experience working with clinical specimens.
* Demonstrated ability to write, present and communicate verbally in a clear manner.
* Able to work independently and in a multidisciplinary team-based environment of scientists and engineers.
* Ability to perform knowledge discovery and analysis of technical research publications as it applies to product development
* Take initiative and lead when necessary to work through complex, cross-functional project issues with aggressive timelines
* Understanding of good laboratory technique and documentation practices
* Attention to detail and methodical problem solving skills
* Expertise in molecular biology techniques and instrumentation used for chemical and protein analysis
* Knowledge of microscopy techniques and image analysis methods preferred
* Experience in development of reagent preparation methods and analytical test protocols
* Expertise in working with medically important strains of bacteria and yeasts preferred
* Knowledge of application of Lean, 6-sigma, Kaizen and 5S principles to problem solving and continuous improvement
* Experience with statistical methods and programs (JMP, SAS, R) necessary for successful data analysis and interpretation including DOE, and process and test method validation
* Working with ISO and GMP quality systems with demonstrated experience working in BSL-2 laboratory environment preferred
Educational Requirements: 
Bachelor’s degree in field with 5+ years of experience OR Master’s degree in field with 3+ years of experience OR Doctoral degree in field with 0-2+ years of experience.

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Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
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