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Scientist, Microbiology

Cerus Corporation
Concord, California, US
Closing date
Jan 31, 2022

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Initiates and executes research and development viral infectivity assays using a variety of different viruses, including HIV, in human blood and blood products. May occasionally perform bacteriology assays.

Primary Responsibilities:

· Initiate and execute experiments, either independently or as a team member.

· Some of the work may support product claims and regulatory submissions

· Work with various pathogenic viruses in BSL-2+ environments

· Prepare and manipulate various blood products, including plasma, platelets and RBC

· Initiate, grow and maintain various cultured cells

· Develop and optimize viral cell culture systems

· Develop, optimize and qualify or validate viral infectivity 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

· Act as Study Director when Cerus performs GLP studies as a Test Facility

· Act as Principal Investigator when Cerus performs GLP studies as a Test Site

· 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 virology, viral infectivity assays, and viral inactivation

· Contribute to/author regulatory submissions and scientific journal articles

· May supervise lower level Microbiology staff

· Design, initiate and manage off-site studies

· Perform other related duties as required


· Ph.D. in a virology-related discipline preferred or MS/MA in a Virology or microbiology-related discipline with a minimum of 8 years relevant experience; BA/BS required with a minimum of 15 years relevant experience.

· Demonstrated ability to initiate, carry out and complete research and/or development projects.

· Experience in developing new methodology and techniques

· Working knowledge of scientific principles of virology, desirable

· Experience working with pathogenic viruses or bacteria, desirable

· Experience with viral plaque and TCID50 assays for viability determination and enumeration, experience with a wide range of virus/cell systems, desirable

· Experience with PCR and other amplification techniques

· Experience with cell or molecular biology

· Experience developing immunoassays, ELISpot and/or ELISA, identification of viruses by CPE desirable

· Experience with cell culture, including stock preparation and repository maintenance

· 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)

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $106,000.00 - $130,000.00 per year

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental Pay:
  • Bonus pay

COVID-19 considerations:
We are a fully vaccinated organization and we follow county and CDC measures

Work Location: One location

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