Senior Scientist- Protein Biochemist
San Diego, CA 
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Quidel Corporation is a is a leading manufacturer of diagnostic solutions at the point of care, delivering a continuum of rapid testing technologies that further improve the quality of health care throughout the globe. An innovator for over 40 years in the medical device industry, Quidel pioneered the first FDA-cleared point-of-care test for influenza in 1999 and was the first to market a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test in the U.S. Under trusted brand names Sofia, Solana, Lyra, Triage and QuickVue, Quidel's comprehensive product portfolio includes tests for a wide range of infectious diseases, cardiac and autoimmune biomarkers, as well as a host of products to detect COVID-19. With products made in America, Quidel's mission is to provide patients with immediate and frequent access to highly accurate, affordable testing for the good of our families, our communities and the world.

Quidel is looking for a Senior Scientist- Protein Biochemist to join our team in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego. Under minimal supervision, the scope of this position is responsible for independent research implementing strategies and tactics formulated to accomplish overall department objectives, in coordination with scientific staff in related functions and departments. Identifies and initiates research directions. The Senior Scientist- Protein Biochemist role will be critical for developing and optimizing immunoassays and the individual selected will focus on developing and optimizing sample processing and analyte quantification methods.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
    • Through independent study and analysis, identifies research strategies and product opportunities that are congruent with the company's overall business objectives, analyzes the cost-benefit of those strategies (when appropriate), and initiates the implementation of novel research/development upon approval by senior management
    • Acts as a liaison between the company and technical partners that may be established to enhance the results of the research/development projects underway
    • Be able to design and perform antibody conjugation and characterization experiments accurately and independently, having a complete understanding of the techniques, theories and background involved in the processes. Compose robust experimentation strategies that maximize effective use of resources and time to deliver optimum information
    • Participate as an integral member of the scientific staff in formulating research strategy and methodology
    • Provide recommendations and observations to scientific staff and management on results of projects/tasks. Play a key role in the formulation of research strategies and tactics
    • Be innovative with respect to research methods and product formulation to resolve problems and accomplish company objectives. Pro-actively recommend strategy to overcome hurdles
    • Maintain records of laboratory activities and notebooks in a professional, accurate manner. May provide support to regulatory and intellectual property activities
    • Operate complex laboratory equipment and perform routine maintenance and repair. Interface with contracted repair technicians as required. Understand theoretical basis for analytical instrumentation
    • Operate equipment and conduct tasks in a safe manner, adhering to established guidelines and applicable regulations
    • Plans, coordinates, trains and directs the tasks of assigned staff
    • Initiate literature review and searches to support ongoing research activities. Summarize findings in final form to management and recommend follow-up actions
    • Generate verbal and written reports as necessary and to summarize laboratory activities and projects. Initiate communication with related staff and functions as necessary to coordinate activities effectively.
    • Contributes scientific leadership and innovation increasingly independent of external direction
    • Assist in the professional and scientific development of other research staff members
    • May represent department and/or company to outside organizations and companies, in conjunction with management
    • Manages performance of staff towards department and Company goals, including feedback on performance, appraisals, recommendations for merit increases or necessary disciplinary actions, communication to employees on performance, etc
EDUCATION & EXPRERIENCE
    • BA/BS in life sciences, similar field or equivalent and 9-11 years of related experience, or
    • MA/MS in life sciences, similar field or equivalent and at least 8 years of related experience, or
    • PhD in life sciences, similar field, or equivalent and 5-8 years of related experience
    • 5+ years of hands-on experience in immunoassay development preferred
Knowledge/Skills
    • Experience with protein or small molecule conjugation techniques, particle chemistry, particle size analysis and flow cytometry.
    • Proficient in analytical techniques such as HPLC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, capillary electrophoresis (e.g. reduced and non-reduced CE-SDS, icIEF), spectroscopic analysis.
    • Experience with development of in vitro diagnostic for biomarkers in the Point of Care setting
    • Diagnostic (IVD) assay development experience preferred
    • Familiarity with creating and reviewing formal documents such as protocols, reports, QC specifications and manufacturing documents.
    • Experience in the handling of chemical materials and biological samples, including plasma.
    • Experience with microparticle-antibody conjugation preferred.
    • Demonstrated skills in carrying out innovative research with minimal guidance in an accurate, effective manner
    • Background in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, virology, immunology, or related field
    • Proven experience supervising scientific staff, coordinating interdepartmental efforts, generating research hypotheses, analyzing complex problems and data, and bringing products to market
    • Experience identifying and implementing new technologies or improvements of existing technologies for any of the following: marker discovery, marker validation, product development, DFM and product manufacturing
    • Experience managing and developing staff
    • Knowledge of scientific principals and concepts
    • Experience in product development and experimental design
    • Knowledge of advanced methods for statistical experimental design and data analysis
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously
    • Ability to plan and execute experiments to prove feasibility, develop new processes and set specifications, characterize materials and set specifications, and troubleshoot problems
    • Ability to work within cross-functional teams
    • Strong communication skills, written and verbal
    • Knowledge of relevant analytical tools (Design of Experiments, Statistical Process Control, Problem Solving, etc.)
    • Demonstrated ability to consistently meet proposed objective timelines, apply competent use of project planning and project management skills
    • Working knowledge of manufacturing tools and processes
    • Knowledge of quality system regulations and processes
    • Appropriate computer skills (e-mail, word processing, graphing software, MS Suite)
    • Understand theoretical basis for analytical instrumentation
    • Detail-oriented and able to work with a variety of people on multiple tasks, with effective prioritization of duties.
    • Demonstrated skills in carrying out innovative research with minimal guidance in an accurate, effective manner
    • Knowledgeable of federal and other regulations, e.g. QSR's, ISO, ISO 13485, CMDR
    • Demonstrates commitment to the development, implementation and effectiveness of Quidel Quality Management System per ISO, FDA, and other regulatory agencies.
    • Understands and is aware of the quality consequences which may occur from the improper performance of their specific job. Has awareness of device defects that may occur in their area of responsibility, including product design, verification and validation, manufacturing and testing activities
    • Must be able to resolve complex technical problems independently, helps determine methods and procedures on new assignments and provides technical direction and mentoring to employees. Must possess ability to develop experimental plans and execute associated activities per communicated timelines.
Before you apply, please make sure you share Quidel' s values. We pride ourselves on keeping these values in mind every day as we execute on goals and plan for the future. We are seeking employees who share the same mindset and commitment to be customer driven, focused on execution, and new product oriented. We succeed by being determined, optimistic team players.
Quidel is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans). We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Equal employment opportunities for all employees. We fulfills this commitment through a variety of measures including internal & external posting of job openings, hiring, training & promoting individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, disability, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,or any other considerations made unlawful by federal,state or local law

 

Job Summary
Company
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
9 to 11 years
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