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Sr. Scientist, Reagent & Assay Development

Apply Now Job ID R-341386 Date posted 06/24/2019

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Job Description

The Sr. Scientist, Reagent & Assay Development plays a key role within the BD Biosciences Reagent and Assay organization, located in San Jose, CA. 

BD Biosciences is seeking a candidate who can bring experience of clinical flow cytometry workflows to assist in new assays and reagents development. Uses independent judgment to adapt and modify standard reagent development techniques to solve difficult reagent challenges. Executes experiments independently and evaluates, discusses, presents and explains material of moderate to high complexity. Works under general direction, but independently determines and defines approach to solutions. The candidate will be bringing a strong continuous improvement approach to reduce development cycles and streamline technology transfer from R&D into operations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Independently design experimental approaches to assess viability and feasibility of new reagents and assays.
  • Prepare and oversee the preparation of technical reports, summaries, protocols, and analyses of R&D projects.
  • Maintain strong understanding of state-of-the-art science and technology development in the industry.
  • Perform data analysis and reporting of flow cytometry clinical samples across a variety of cytometry assays.
  • Provide technical expertise, leadership and support for flow cytometry operations for assay/result troubleshooting.
  • Participate in streamlining processes related to PIRs and CAPAs to reach a rapid and effective conclusion. 
  • Plan/participate in the sustaining projects, lead troubleshooting and risk assessment activities.
  • Effectively coordinate with other functional areas associated with the R&D activities, including Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Affairs, Business Development, etc.
  • Participate in interactions with regulatory agencies. Provide technical input into safety and regulatory interactions.
  • Write and review standard operating procedures and policies for the department.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences.
  • Minimum of 5+ years' related experience in a clinical research setting, clinical/diagnostic laboratory, or pharmaceutical/biotechnology R&D environment.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience with flow cytometry, immunology, and cell-based assays.
  • Proven experience in process excellence in an R&D environment.
  • Extensive hands-on experience operating and troubleshooting flow cytometers.
  • Experience with sample prep and experiment design for multi-parameter flow cytometry applications.
  • Experience training bench-level personnel and leading projects.
  • Excellent listening, written, and oral communication skills.


  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. with strong expertise in immunology and cell biology or a combination of education and experience is preferred.
  • Experience in IVD product development is desired but not required.
  • Strong, proven product development knowledge of   processes, measures, etc. (phase gated development systems) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Flow Cytometry instruments and applications is desired.
  • Knowledge of leukemia, lymphoma, and/or cancer biology is preferred.
  • Knowledge of clinical and/or research laboratory environment and quality control procedures is preferred.
  • Contribute to design of experimental procedures and search literature for targeted information.


Primary Work Location

USA CA - San Jose

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