Position Title: Scientist - Nucleic Acid

Location: 17062 Murphy Ave, Irvine, CA

Reports to: Director of R&D / CSO

Summary/Contribution of Position

Responsible for planning, conducting, and analyzing experiments for the development and advancement of Zymo Research nucleic acid extraction and purification product lines. This includes the evaluation of different binding matrices, formulating buffers and solutions, designing surface linkers and target capture moieties, optimizing nucleic acid extraction & purification process from various biological samples, ensuring product performance robustness and manufacturing transfer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Develop nature and general plan of approach to basic research problems; read and abstract scientific articles pertaining to prosecution of broad research problems; proceed with independent direction to organize and work out all techniques involved.
  • Plan, assign, and direct the work of several Research Associates, advising them on problems which they are unable to solve.
  • Contribute original ideas of major methodological significance to the prosecution of laboratory and/or field phases of research.
  • Take complete charge of the execution of laboratory phases of major research projects over considerable periods of time.
  • Exercise judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness in making decisions.
  • Carry responsibility for laboratory management and supervision of Research Associates, Laboratory Assistants, and Interns.
  • Frequent contributions of (a) original ideas of major importance in the prosecution of laboratory and/or field phases of research and/or (b) interpretation of data yielded by new/original method(s) used or developed in the course of laboratory and/or field phases of research.
  • Communicating effectively with research team, and manufacturing.
  • Meeting regularly with the research team to discuss project progress.
  • Ensuring that all research staff are informed about their project-related duties and investigational agents Execution of projects or major portions of research projects which have been broadly outlined by the director.
  • Engage in difficult and complex research projects in collaboration with Research Associates, making important original contributions pertaining to laboratory and/or field experimental procedures.
  • Engage in research and development to produce marketable products that product release may be maintained over a period of selling time.
  • Co-author scientific journal articles may and level of innovational contribution publicly.

2. ENSURES PROJECT COMPLIANCE

  • Possessing a thorough understanding of the requirements of each project.
  • Assessing overall project feasibility.
  • Not implementing any project deviation or changes without agreement by the CSO and prior review and approval by ZRC (except to eliminate immediate hazards to the subject).

3. ENSURES INITIAL AND ONGOING REVIEW

  • Providing adequate information to initially review the study (i.e., projects, investigator's brochure, and any written information to be given to publications, or collateral material).
  • Providing documents for ongoing review (i.e., amendments to the protocol, adverse events, deviations or new information).
  • Securing CSO approval prior to initiating the study or instituting any changes to the project as approved.
  • Providing written summaries of the trial status annually, or as requested.
  • Providing all documents subject to their review.

4. DETERMINES ADEQUATE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO CONDUCT THE STUDY

  • Having adequate number of qualified staff to conduct the study.
  • Having adequate facilities to conduct the study.
  • Ensuring he/she has adequate time to conduct and supervise the study.

5. ENSURES DOCUMENTATION OF PROJECT-RELATED PROCEDURES, PROCESSES AND EVENTS

  • Documenting deviations from the approved project.
  • Complying with written procedures to document changes to data and/or case report forms.
  • Maintaining project documents as required by the regulations.
  • Standardize new techniques and train other staff personnel and students in their use.
  • Maintain complete handwritten reports (lab notebooks) on all phases of laboratory and/or field experimental work involved in research projects adhering to the Zymo Research Notebook Policy.
  • Participating in monitoring visits and government and private industry audits as appropriate.
  • Making available to monitors, auditors, and regulatory authority(ies) all requested project-related records.

6. ENSURES THE PROPER USE AND STORAGE OF INVESTIGATIONAL AGENTS

  • Documenting deviations from the approved project.
  • Complying with written procedures to document changes to data and/or case report forms.
  • Maintaining project documents as required by the regulations.
  • Standardize new techniques and train other staff personnel and students in their use.
  • Maintain complete hand written reports (lab notebooks) on all phases of laboratory and/or field experimental work involved in research projects adhering to the Zymo Research Notebook Policy.
  • Participating in monitoring visits and government and private industry audits as appropriate.
  • Making available to monitors, auditors, and regulatory authority(ies) all requested project-related records.

7. MAINTAINS PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE

  • Attending educational workshops and seminars.
  • Reviewing and writing for professional publications.
  • Participating in professional societies and associations.
  • Make formal presentations to association, university, and professional groups.

8. MARKETING AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

  • Responsible for conduct Beta-Testing with potential customers.
  • Responsible for writing the packaging instructions (protocol).
  • Collaborate with marketing on content for marketing collateral, website, and packaging.
  • Collaborate with product strategy with the manufacturing department.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Research Associates
  • Project Leadership over teams
Education and Experience:
  • 2.5 - 3 years required with a Ph.D degree in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Microbiology, Genetics, Immunology, Virology, Molecular Biology or a related field.
  • 3 years with Postdoctoral work, first-authored in 2 science publications, and second and third author in 2 secondary publications.
Other Preferable Experience:
  • A proven, sustained track record of sales success.
Core Competencies:
  • Scientific objectivity and focus
  • Ability to execute and deliver
  • Project and team leadership
  • Organization
  • Operational
  • Customer Service
  • Reporting/Metrics
  • Writing
  • Team Player
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