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R&D Microbiologist

The Company

The world is facing a medical crisis, bacteria are increasingly evolving resistance to even our strongest antibiotics. The problem is already very real and immediate; for example, bloodstream infection leading to sepsis is now responsible for more than half of all deaths in hospitals and is the most expensive condition treated in hospitals. Sepsis mortality rate increases >6% every hour without effective antibiotic treatment. Yet, despite the life and death urgency, and healthcare cost impacts, current methodologies require 3 days to determine the correct antibiotic.

Specific Diagnostics has developed a breakthrough solution to rapidly determine the effective antibiotic treatment for bloodstream and other acute infections. Used for bloodstream infection Specific’s solution provides results 2 days sooner (1 day vs 3 days).

We offer an opportunity to join us at an inflection point in our commercial growth, with our first commercial product being released new venture capital funding and recognition from major customers and government agencies fueling an expansion of our staff.

The Job

Specific is seeking a Microbiologist with experience in research and development. You will be a key contributor and critical to the success of the company. The role includes experimental research and development to create a cutting-edge In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) platform. Ideally, you have proven expertise in planning and executing laboratory experiments, data acquisition, and data interpretation. Responsibilities include:

  • Processing and testing biological specimen samples using aseptic technique and lab safety protocols.

  • 1 year of microbiology experience (preferred).

  • Perform a variety of standardized tests within microbiology department. Perform microbiological examinations for the detection and identification of pathogenic bacteria from blood cultures

  • Working independently and as a member of a cross-functional team to support microbiology research and development

  • Authoring and reviewing protocols, reports, SOPs, work instructions, and other product-related documents

  • Performing other quality control procedures to assure the operational accuracy of equipment and test reproducibility

The job requires knowledge and proficiency in standard microbiological methods such as dilution and enumeration of microorganisms, stocking frozen strains, isolation, and identification of pathogenic microorganisms, preparation and sterilization of culture media, aseptic techniques, components of culture media, and impact on growth.

You

We are adding only the most exceptional talent to our outstanding team of engineers and scientists. You should have a track record of success in your education and projects, along with the following characteristics and skills:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Microbiology or related science discipline with relevant microbiology experience (preferred).

  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory experience is a plus.

  • Self-motivated with proven proficiency in data analysis, research design, troubleshooting, and evaluation of new technologies and procedures.

  • Minimum, 1 year of laboratory bench experience required.

  • Knowledge of accepted clinical laboratory practice and procedures including handling of potentially infectious material (preferred).

  • Experienced with the standard tools and methods of microbiology, such as pipetting, plating, identification, media preparation, including working in anaerobic environments.

  • Strong focus and attention to detail, with the ability to prioritize accuracy while following best practices in a fast-paced industrial laboratory environment.

  • Ability to build effective relationships and collaborate with team members across various levels of technical expertise, from technicians through advanced scientists.

  • Authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis, full fluency (verbal and written) of the English language is a must.

  • Knowledge of computer skills, quality control, and instrument maintenance. A team player that works well independently as well as part of a team and functions well in a fast-paced biotech start-up.

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