Principal Scientist - Development Lead in Danvers, Massachusetts at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 9/27/2019

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Job ID: ADV001142

About Us

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps.  Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 9 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit  for more information.

Leica Biosystems Imaging, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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This role will lead the research and development activities that support contracted pharma projects which develop companion diagnostic IVDs. Specifically, the Principal Scientist (PS) leads scientific associates who develop the assays for use in pharma clinical trials. The PS will leverage past experiences in the role of Development Lead and provide leadership and mentorship on product development processes. The PS responsible for the overall quality of the assay design and documentation. PS leads the business processes and metrics using Danaher Business Systems tools. The PS are mentors for and enable the career development of the scientific staff. The PS will possess outstanding interpersonal skills. 

Major Responsibilities 
  • Directly leads scientific associates
  • Acts as the Development lead on programs. Responsible for adherence to the Development process and compliance to the Quality Management System.
  • Leads scientific associates in Statement of Work generation and partner onboarding. Is responsible for the technical component of program costing for SoWs.
  • Responsible for On Time Delivery of project milestones and efficient team member utilization 
  • Implements the organization strategy and connects the team's work to the organization's purpose.
  • Advocates for DBS; actively participates in and provides leadership for the use of the tools. 
  • Builds an environment in which Associates want to do their best and recognizes the team for successes. Demonstrates accountability for the work product and strives for continuous improvement
  • Assesses Associate performance and Leadership qualities and enables the implementation of associate career development plans 
  • Supports employee engagement activities within the team

Job Requirements


  • BSc in a Scientific discipline, MS or PhD preferred.
  • Ideal candidate has 7 to 10 years industry experience gained within an IVD development environment with growing management responsibility. Additional pharmaceutical industry experience is a plus. 
  • Experience with tissue-based assay development is helpful
  • Experience with FDA and/or EU CE-IVD quality requirements and the preparation of relevant documents for the submission to these agencies.
  • Strong experience in IVD Product Development, preferably with technical expertise in IHC and/or ISH assays on automated staining platforms.
  • Demonstrable experience of driving the successful development and release of products through regulatory submissions.
  • Travel expectations within this role are low (5% to 10%)
Diversity & Inclusion
At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

Danaher Corporation Overview

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, 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.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.