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Senior Development Scientist in Sacramento, California at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics

Date Posted: 3/15/2019

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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.
Beckman Coulter offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to associates' and their families' lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits. We think you'll like what you see.
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The Senior Development Scientist with a chemistry focus develops analytical assays and formulations for antibiotic susceptibility tests, as well as participates in new product designs, processes, new product scale-up, design/product optimization, technology transfer and process/product validation activities. Develops production procedures and process/product specifications.  Includes laboratory roles.

This position will participate in the development of analytical chemistry assays for antibiotics, complex microbial and molecular biology assays consisting of reagents, panel assays and instrumentation through collaboration with cross-functional teams. Ensure product compatibility with customers' requirements, provide input and recommendations based on clinical experience and/or knowledge of customer/patient needs. The position is in the Research and Development group which is responsible for chemistry assays, as well as reagent and assay development on our Microbial diagnostic platform. 

Additional Job Details:
Development of analytical assays, antibiotic formulations, reagents, assay preparation methods and test protocols
Transfer of assay design from R&D to Operations
Characterization of organism’s antibiograms, drug resistance mechanisms and biological nature of variance in resistance under various environmental conditions
Write laboratory reports, SOPs and supporting quality documentation 
Development of training and troubleshooting materials to assist assay transfer to manufacturing
Maintain awareness of technology and competitive trends in Pharmaceutical Antibiotic Development and Medical Microbiological Diagnostics
Execution of chemistry assays and microbiology.

Job Requirements


The candidate must have a strong background in microbiology and molecular biochemistry. Success in this position will require:
Experience in development of microbiology assays, reagent preparation methods and test protocols including experience transferring designs to manufacturing
Strong ability to write, present and communicate verbally in a clear manner and be able to work in a multidisciplinary team environment 
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 cross-functional issues
Understanding and practice strong laboratory technique and good documentation practices
Attention to detail, methodical and meticulous problem solving
Ability to perform work independently and within a larger cross-functional group
Expertise in molecular biology techniques and tools for protein/enzyme analysis
Working with ISO 13485 and GMP quality systems with demonstrated experience working in BSL-2 laboratory environment preferred
Expertise in working with medically important strains of bacteria and yeasts preferred
Expertise in application of Lean, 6-sigma, Kaizen and 5S principles to problem solving and continuous improvement
Able to apply statistical methods necessary for successful data analysis and interpretation including DOE, and process and test method validation.

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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