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R&D Scientist

R&D Scientist

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 elegant, unique, and low-cost solution provides results 2 days sooner (1 day vs 3 days).

This is the job for you if want to be where your ideas will be central to a world-changing and lifesaving product. We offer an opportunity to join us at an inflection point in our commercial growth, with our first commercial product being released and new recognition from major international government agencies fueling an expansion of our staff.

The Job

Specific is seeking a Laboratory Scientist with experience in medical technology, preferably in chemistry or microbiology. This role is responsible for performing laboratory experiments that contribute to the development of new antibiotic susceptibility testing products. Responsibilities include:

  • Design experiments under the supervision of a research chemist.

  • Perform and thoroughly document laboratory experiments.

  • Assist with the testing of bacterial samples using aseptic technique and lab safety protocols.

  • Prepare solutions, requiring the skilled use of lab equipment such as analytical balance, and the ability to perform calculations such as dimensional analysis and serial dilution.

  • Demonstrate time management and efficiency through careful planning and multi-tasking.

  • Maintain inventory and order lab supplies as needed. Must be comfortable coordinating with vendors by phone and email.

  • Miscellaneous lab support duties as needed.

  • Analyze data collected in lab experiments using graphical and statistical methods.

  • Clearly and efficiently communicate research progress using presentation tools in weekly group meetings.


You should have a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, microbiology, mechanical engineering, or a related field with relevant research experience. Only candidates with experience in a research laboratory environment or product development in the industry will be considered.

  • The position requires a minimum of 2+ full years’ bench work experience in a research laboratory environment.

  • Knowledge of sterile technique or BSL-2 is a plus.

  • Must be able to work independently with minimum supervision.

  • Experience in fast-paced startup environment a plus.

  • Excellent chemical hygiene, experience working with hazardous materials.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of computer skills, quality control, and instrument maintenance.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

  • The ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate satisfactorily in English, in person, and on the telephone.

  • Self-motivated, highly organized, and open to learning new skills.

  • Comfortable being on your feet for most of the shift.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Day shift schedule: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

  • 401(k)

  • Dental insurance

  • Health insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Sick time off

Job Type: Full-time

***** Applicants must have U.S. employment authorization. The company will not sponsor applicants for U.S. work visas. *****


Seniority level

Mid-Senior level

Job function

Engineering and Information Technology


Employment type



Medical Equipment Manufacturing