Scientist, R&D

Fremont, CA
Full Time
Mid Level


The role of an R&D Scientist is to develop and implement new single cell assays and biomarker strategies using flow cytometry and single cell sequencing. Knowledge of human Immunology and flow cytometry expertise is preferable. Scientists in this role should enjoy method development and technical troubleshooting. They will work on a diverse range of projects mainly for external clients, often several in parallel, as opposed to diving deeply into a single area of focus. The role requires critical thinking to analyze and interpret data, and creativity to design experiments and search literature and the web for new solutions or assay strategies. R&D Scientists work as part of a larger team by bringing their unique training experiences and problem-solving approaches to the group. Opportunities to present to clients and manage a team comes with experience on the job.

Main Responsibilities

  • Develop, troubleshoot, and deploy flow cytometry assays for biomarker profiling, compound screening, and preclinical sample analysis
  • Conduct complex assays in whole blood, PBMCs, and other sample types working at Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) and below
  • Analyze and interpret data, prepare clear and concise deliverables to clients (raw & summarized data, graphs, slides, reports, etc.)
  • Plan studies, manage project timelines, and communicate frequently and effectively with clients about study progress or setbacks
  • Accountable for scientific and technical quality of assigned studies
  • Train and/or manage Research Associates
  • Remain current in Immunology and techniques for analysis of immune populations including flow cytometry, single cell sequencing, or other platforms

Main Requirements

  • M.Sc. with pharma/biotech/CRO experience or Ph.D. in Immunology or a related life sciences field (e.g., Cell Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology).
  • Current knowledge of human Immunology is preferable.
  • Experience in flow cytometry is an asset, including design of multi-color panels and data analysis. Experience with other immune monitoring methods could be beneficial.
  • Experience working with primary blood cells is an asset.


  • Critical and creative thinker skilled in experimental design and data analysis/interpretation
  • Clear communicator with service mindset willing to work with diverse client personality types
  • Collaborative scientist excited to engage with external clients and internal teammates
  • Time management and organizational skills to handle multiple studies simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail and record keeping
  • Ability to train or manage more junior researchers
  • Command of Microsoft Office products, especially working with data in Excel or other analytical software packages

Working Conditions

  • The role is predominantly conducted in a laboratory setting
  • Must be willing to perform duties in Biosafety Level (BSL) 1 and 2 facilities where biological samples may be infected with potentially hazardous pathogens such as HIV, HCV, or CMV
  • Employee is personally responsible for following Health and Safety guidelines/instructions
  • Flexible schedule is a plus for occasions when important samples arrive later in the day

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