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Senior Scientist, R&D

Apply Now Job ID R-356300 Date posted 01/08/2020


San Diego, California

Job Description Summary

Job Description

BD Biosciences, a segment of Becton, Dickinson and Company, is one of the world’s leading businesses focused on bringing innovative tools to life science researchers and clinicians. Its product lines include: flow cytometers, cell imaging systems, monoclonal antibodies, research reagents, diagnostic assays, and tools to help grow tissue and cells.

Sirigen, Inc. is a subsidiary of BD Biosciences and produces polymeric reagents for use in Flow Cytometry and other biological applications.

We are seeking a highly motivated Scientist/Chemist for our dye development team to develop novel fluorescent dyes for use in Flow Cytometry. The individual will work within cross-functional teams to address unmet needs within the Sirigen dye portfolio. The ideal candidate will apply their experience to create dyes from early proof-of-concept to formal product development, leveraging their expertise in small molecule and polymer chemistry, bioconjugation, optical spectroscopy, macromolecule separations and analytical characterization.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with team to target and synthesize fluorescent dyes in line with Sirigen’s commercial strategy.

  • Create or identify innovative new technologies for fluorescence-based biological detection both as an individual contributor for your team and subject matter expert for the company as a whole.

  • Perform and oversee a wide variety of small-molecule and macromolecular processing, purification and characterization steps.

  • Assist with development strategy by interpreting data and providing guidance to product development teams.

  • Work collaboratively in small teams with chemists, biochemists and applications scientists to establish dye specifications.

  • Work within early product pipelines, contributing to various stages of development from early proof-of-concept to process development.

  • Build case for setting dye specifications through statistical processes and data analysis.

  • Draft SOPs, technical reports, and presentations for communicating project progress.

  • Mentor associates and scientists in setting up, purifying and characterizing chemical reactions including assistance in data interpretation and experimental design.

  • Promote a safe work environment. May provide recommendations on maintaining the safety of the work environment. Participates in Environmental Health and Safety programs. Addresses corrective actions whenever a hazard is identified. Notifies supervisor of all observed hazardous conditions or unsafe work practices.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of a Master's degree with at least 5 years’ experience OR Ph.D with 1 year of experience in an organic or relevant materials chemistry environment.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ academic/industry experience in organic synthesis/bioconjugation/materials science.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with UV/Vis and/or fluorescence spectroscopy.

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience with HPLC/SEC/IEX.


  • Good organizational and project planning skills.

  • Experience with product design and product development.

  • Efficient with experimental design including statistical approaches such as Design of Experiment (DoE) approach.

  • Experience with Six Sigma, MiniTab, or statistical analysis.

  • Able to present clear and concise written and oral communications to colleagues and supervisors.

  • Lead and/or participate in technical meetings and provide recommendations based on technical results.

  • Strong diagnostic, analytical and technical ability.

  • Strong technical writing skills.

  • Multi-task to cover a variety of job functions.

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.


Primary Work Location

USA CA - San Diego (BDB)

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