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Sr. Systems Validation Scientist (Flow Cytometrist)

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Job Description

BD Biosciences is seeking a flow cytometrist or who can bring their experience of flow cytometry workflows to assist in product development for cell analyzers and preppers. A Ph.D is desired but not required. No experience with validation testing needed.

Play a critical role by representing the customer experience on cross-functional development teams. Interface with customers to gather critical data that will guide validation testing of products. Assist with usability testing to ensure our products are easy to use and meet user needs. This role will be working on high-end sorting cytometers, legacy cytometers and preppers, and new technologies.

Primary duties include:

  • Lead the definition, design, and execution of validation activities throughout product development
  • Represent the department on collaborative projects by elevating customers need and product quality
  • Exercise independent judgment and apply solution thinking, problem solving, and troubleshooting
  • Conduct representative sample prep and flow cytometry experiments to test products
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of customer workflows, scientific advancements in flow cytometry, and the competitive landscape
  • Interface between customers and developers/testers by translating customer needs into product requirements and testing workflows
  • Conduct usability testing with users to evaluate areas for product improvement
  • Mentor and support more junior members in understanding user workflows and validation
  • Escalate top issues by providing clear, well-structured, high-level updates

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • B.S. in Immunology, Cell Biology, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in academic research, pharma industry, contract research organizations, clinical research, or other relevant industry.
  • Extensive hands-on experience operating and troubleshooting flow cytometers.
  • Experience with sample prep and experiment design for multi-parameter flow cytometry applications.
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience sorting flow cytometers.
  • Experience training bench-level personnel and leading projects.
  • Excellent listening, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel up to 10% (global) to client sites.


  • MS or Ph.D degree in Immunology, Cell Biology or in a related discipline.
  • Strong knowledge of flow cytometry applications.
  • Experience in human factors or usability engineering principles or studies.


Primary Work Location

USA CA - San Jose

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