Scientist, Microbiology

Cerus Corporation
Concord, California, US
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Initiates and executes research and development viral infectivity assays using a variety of different bacteria, including pathogenic species, in human blood and blood products. May occasionally participate in virology assays.

Primary Responsibilities:

* Initiate and execute experiments, either independently or as a team member; including experiments
* Some of the work may support product claims and regulatory submissions
* Work with various pathogenic bacteria using appropriate precautions
* Prepare and manipulate various blood products, including plasma, platelets and RBC
* Initiate, grow and maintain various bacteria
* Develop and optimize bacterial stock growth
* Develop, optimize and qualify or validate bacterial assays
* Perform and appropriately document GLP and notebook studies
* Make detailed observations, analyze data and interpret results
* Prepare technical reports, summaries, protocols and quantitative analyses
* Analyze data and results for research experiments as well as GLP studies
* Prepare final reports, study plans, etc., necessary for multiple projects
* Prepare and deliver presentations of experimental results in internal or public forums
* Maintain high level of professional expertise through familiarity with current scientific literature
* Contribute to project progress within his/her scientific discipline
* Perform as subject matter expert in general bacteriology
* Contribute to/author regulatory submissions and scientific journal articles
* Manage bacteriology laboratory including direct supervision of a small staff
* Design, initiate and manage off-site studies
* Perform other related duties as required
* Act as principal investigator in conducting own experiments
* Uses professional concepts and company's policies and procedures to solve a wide range of difficult problems in imaginative and practical ways
* Makes decisions on the validity and importance or experimental results
* Exercises judgment within defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining results

Qualifications/Requirements/Skills: (Based on job's primary responsibilities which can typically be obtained through these requirements.)

* Ph.D. in a bacteriology-related discipline preferred with 2 years relevant experience or MS/MA in a microbiology-related discipline with a minimum of 8 years relevant experience; BA/BS required with a minimum of 15 years relevant experience.
* Postdoctoral work may serve as experience.
* Demonstrated ability to initiate, carry out and complete research and/or development projects.
* Demonstrated working knowledge of scientific principles of virology
* Experience in developing new methodology and techniques
* Experience working with pathogenic organisms
* Demonstrated experience with bacterial assays for viability determination and enumeration, experience with a wide range of bacteria
* Experience with PCR and other amplification techniques
* Experience with cell, or molecular biology
* Experience developing immunoassays, ELISpot and/or ELISA
* Experience with cell culture, including stock preparation and repository maintenance
* Exposure to identification of bacterial morphology
* Experience working with human blood products desirable
* Experience working in a GLP or other regulated environment desirable
* Strong attention to detail and accuracy
* Must have publications in peer-reviewed journals, or demonstrated ability to independently write reports that address key technical research and development issues.
* Excellent mathematical skills, problem solving skills, and ability to apply scientific methods to resolution.
* Strong word processing, spreadsheet, scientific and graphics applications skills
* Proven analytical skills; problem-solving, trouble-shooting, innovative
* Team oriented
* Ability to work independently
* Strong communication and presentation skills (verbal, excellent written, interpersonal, listening).
* Flexible; ability to adapt to changing priorities
* Time management (schedules, timelines, task prioritization)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion , sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

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