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Senior Development Scientist, Microbiology Diagnostics

Company: Danaher
Location: Stockton
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Wondering what's within Beckman Coulter?

Take a closer look!

Join a team where you can be heard, be supported, and always be yourself. At Beckman Coulter, a Danaher company, we're building a culture that celebrates backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of all our associates. At first glance, you will see we are dedicated to advancing and optimizing the laboratory to move science and health care forward for more than 80 years.

And no matter where you look, at the heart of what we do, you'll witness our shared purpose-helping realize life's potential-in action. Our work helps improve millions of lives.

We hope you'll see yourself here, too.

What you find at Beckman Coulter -and within yourself - might just change the world!

  • Please note, this role will require onsite work at our Sacramento, CA site. Relo assistance is available.

The Senior Development Scientist - Microbiology is responsible for the development and execution of new product designs, processes, feasibility studies, scale-up experiments, technology transfer to production, and process/product validation activities. The position includes laboratory and desk roles to develop complex diagnostic laboratory workflows for multiple R&D programs in microbiology, ensuring that product performance and regulatory requirements are demonstrated through the planning, execution, and data management of studies. The role will be responsible for the creation and documentation of detailed product specifications and instructions for product use in clinical microbiology laboratories employing diagnostic procedures including antibiotic susceptibility testing and microbial identification.

This position belongs to Microbiology Operating Company nested within Beckman Coulter and is located in West Sacramento. At Microbiology, our vision is to ensure we that every patient has access to the right antibiotic at the right time as one of the leading ID/AST companies. You will be an integral part of the Research and Development team and report to the Sr Manager, Development Science.

If you thrive in a fast-paced setting, leading multi-functional teams and inspiring change describes you - read on.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Design and develop complex microbial assays and sample preparation methods consisting of reagents, consumables, and instrumentation with clinical bacterial and yeast specimens to produce best in class Antibiotic Susceptibility Tests for Beckman Coulter's Microbiology systems.
  • Evaluate current and emerging technologies and protocols used within clinical laboratories and guide product development activities to align with strategic business and project objectives.
  • Work cross-functionally and collaborate frequently with Research and Development departments, Operations, Supply Chain/Procurement, Quality, Regulatory, and Marketing; additionally, working cross-site and with outside partners in other time zones will be equally important in achieving maximum impact.
  • Routinely communicate and present on detailed experimental plans and studies, project status, requirements, gaps, and countermeasures to project core teams and the leadership team.
  • Develop and maintain detailed experimental protocols and quality documentation; collaborate with team members to assure common understanding of the development process and project goals.
  • Foster and develop collaborative relationships with clinical customers to support evaluation of internally developed workflows and actively participate in standard setting organizations (e.g. Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute) to understand and influence emerging trends in antibiotic research and companion diagnostic testing.

The essential requirements of the job include:

  • PhD in a Life Science discipline such as Microbiology or a related field with 2+ years of proven experience or a master's degree with 5+ years of experience.
  • Work experience should include a minimum 5, preference 7+ years in direct laboratory bench experience with proven track record of scientific accomplishments and publications.
  • Competency with advanced statistical methods and programs (JMP, SAS, R) necessary for scientific data analysis and interpretation including DOE or equivalent experience.
  • Strong time management and scientific leadership skills and the ability to influence others without direct authority.
  • Ability to travel (domestic and internationally)-likely 5-10% of time.

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

  • ISO and FDA regulated environment experience
  • Danaher Business System/Lean/Kaizen/6-sigma
  • Knowledge of microscopy techniques and experience with image analysis methods/software
  • Experience with laboratory practices used in handling medically relevant bacteria and yeast species

Sacramento is filled with opportunities whether you like metropolitan, suburban or rural lifestyles the area has all options available. It has a reasonable cost of living, abundant sunshine and ethnic diversity. The greater area has professional sports, museums and entertainment options with a unique blend of history of the West, not to mention easy access to every outdoor activity possible from sun and sand to snow. Sitting in the Central Valley, the metro area is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork movement. Residents have access to an abundance of fresh, locally sourced foods from nearby farms, wineries and breweries.

Beckman Coulter offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to associates' and their families' lives. Whether it's a health care program, 401K savings plans, or paid time off; our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at We believe you'll like what you see.

At Danaher, we're driven by a sense of wonder for what we can create-and what we can become. Here, you'll accelerate your career while driving innovation that improves lives. You'll work hard , with mentorship from committed leaders, powerful DBS tools, and the support of a global organization.

If you'd like to learn more, read stories from our associates on our Careers Blog or contact one of our recruiters.

Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any of the employment process should call 202-419-7762 or email to request accommodation.


Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available here.

Keywords: Danaher, Stockton , Senior Development Scientist, Microbiology Diagnostics, Other , Stockton, California

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