Associate Director: PCR Applications & Enzymology

Clontech Laboratories, Inc.
Job Location
Mountain View, CA 94043
Job Description

Position Summary

Clontech is looking for a highly skilled, creative, and self-motivated scientist to lead a team developing PCR & RT applications and custom enzyme formulations based on Clontech & Takara’s broad array of PCR and RT enzymes. Working closely with customers, Marketing, Business Development, and other members of the R&D team, the successful candidate will manage a team of scientists developing key applications data and custom enzyme formulations.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide key applications data to help promote Clontech/Takara’s enzyme capabilities.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Business Development, other scientists within the R&D team, and customers to develop and test novel enzyme formulations focused on PCR and NGS-related applications.
  • Work on small-scale purification / formulation of enzymes of high interest.
  • Develop and test assay methods for determining enzyme performance.
  • Make recommendations for formulation adjustment.   
  • Travel to customer or manufacturing sites, if necessary, to assist in product development / testing.
  • Manage junior scientists or research associates.

Education / Experience /Requirements

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology or biochemistry, with 8+ years of experience, including a minimum of 5 years of industry experience required.
  • Expert in PCR, with an in-depth understanding of the role of enzyme and buffer formulations in affecting performance.
  • Successful project leadership experience in industry essential.
  • Experience with product development essential, including leading projects from concept to commercial release.
  • Experience with large-scale enzyme manufacture highly desired.
  • Expert in the design of SOPs, manufacturing procedures, and quality control documents and methods.
  • Familiarity or experience developing assays for enzyme quality control, such as nuclease assays and other tests to detect biological contamination in protein preparations; functional quality control assays; and stability assays.
  • Prior experience managing other scientists or research associates desired.
  • Experience in protein purification methodology strongly preferred.
  • Experience with enzyme and/or buffer lyophilization processes highly desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills – must be able to communicate clearly both within the organization and externally to drive projects forward.
  • Knowledge of regulatory issues related to clinical applications of biological materials a plus.
  • Independent and self-motivated, with a strong sense of urgency and ability to drive a project to completion under tight deadlines.
  • Able to prioritize multiple tasks appropriately.
  • Strong interest in technology development and translating scientific ideas into novel applications.
  • Highly effective analytical and problem solving skills, including excellent attention to detail.
  • Collaborative personality with strong interpersonal skills.
How to Apply
About Our Organization

Clontech Laboratories provides kits, reagents, and services that help researchers explore questions about gene discovery, regulation, and function. As a member of the Takara Bio Group, Clontech is part of a company that holds a leadership position in the global market and is committed to improving the human condition through biotechnology. Clontech's mission is to develop high-quality innovative tools and services to accelerate discovery.

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