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Assay Development Manager/Director

Pattern Bioscience
Job Location
9430 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
United States
Job Description

At Pattern Bioscience, we’re tackling antibiotic resistance, named by the CDC as one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. We use AI and single-cell analysis to quickly recognize the bacteria causing an infection and to predict which drugs will cure the infection, even if it is multi-drug-resistant. 


But we’re not just invested in combating antibiotic resistance; we’re also invested in our people. Our team is brought together by a shared passion for our mission to cure and prevent antibiotic-resistant infections, improving one of the world's most important health decisions. We're committed to continuous learning, collaboration, and supporting one another. At Pattern, each voice matters, and we welcome diverse perspectives and healthy debate.


Pattern Bioscience is looking for an Assay Development Manager or Director to join our team working at the intersection of artificial intelligence, microfluidics and clinical microbiology to help hospitals combat antibiotic resistance.


In this role, you will play an integral part in advancing our novel technology, leading in a multi-disciplinary environment to develop a best in class diagnostic device. You will own the development of the assay for our system, including bacterial identification and susceptibility testing, from prototype to product launch. You're responsible for developing strategies, models and partnerships to support technology development and market success.


How You Will Contribute

  • 6-month goal: Finalize development of our prototype assay including early design transfer activities.
  • Build, develop and lead other members of the Assay team, facilitating technical and professional development.  
  • Contribute to the strategy and product requirements for future assay development and work with the team to create project goals and plans.
  • Manage schedules, resources and budget for assay development and communicate the impact of assay development milestones to other teams.
  • Adapt to changing business priorities or developments on other teams.
  • Support work in a BSL-2 laboratory including processing clinical specimens, bacterial culture propagation and maintenance, and susceptibility testing.
  • Optimize and troubleshoot microfluidic devices and associated data.
  • Manage, capture, analyze and present critical data: accurately and consistently recording experimental methods, materials, and results and ensuring rigor around this for your team.
  • Conceive and conduct independent experimentation from project inception through product launch. 
  • Recommend expansion or curtailment of activities based on the latest information.

 We'd Love to Hear From You If You:

  • Possess the ability to break down a problem into its fundamental components to devise rational solutions. 
  • Excel at finding and defining a clear path for research and development in the midst of lots of information.
  • Have a base knowledge in biology and chemistry and utilize that knowledge base to solve complex problems in biological systems.
  • Are calm under pressure.
  • Are highly driven and know how to motivate team members.
  • Excel in developing and cultivating team members.
  • Have experience developing medical devices, especially in vitro diagnostic devices.  
  • Combine a thorough understanding of fundamental scientific principles with analytical rigor to innovate at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science. 
  • Are insightful, self-motivated, and capable of working independently.
  • Enjoy generating key results in the laboratory as well as guiding others.
  • Excel in communicating and enjoy working in a collaborative setting.


A Plus if You:

  • Are knowledgeable of quality and regulatory compliance as they relate to the development of IVD devices.
  • Comfortable working within a Quality Management System or in Design Control Processes.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • MS required, PhD preferred in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related discipline.
  • 6+ years of hands-on laboratory research experience.
  • 3+ years in a management position.

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