Director of Research & Development

Lucigen Corporation
Job Location
Middleton, WI
Commensurate upon experience.

Lucigen offers competitive salaries and benefits. For more information, see

Job Description

Lucigen seeks an experienced and innovative director of research and development (R&D) to join its growing team. This position is responsible for the overall leadership and hands-on management and supervision of the company’s R&D team. Additional duties include:

  • In cooperation with Marketing and other senior management, establishes the areas of scientific focus for the company in line with the strategic plan
  • Working with other senior management, plays a number of key roles in the successful growth of the company, including opportunity analyses, successful product development, and setting company research goals and the plans to achieve those goals
  • Initiates research projects/programs aimed at growing the business, improving operating efficiencies, and meeting quality objectives 
  • With a priority of meeting customer needs, works closely with others to achieve short-term and long-term product development goals and objectives on time
  • Responsible for developing the annual departmental budget and operating to the budget
  • Provides day-to-day initiative, leadership, and general management within the research and development areas
  • Provides timely, accurate, and complete reports on research and development projects and on opportunity analysis as required by management
  • Spearheads the development, communication, and implementation of effective product growth strategies and quality improvement initiatives
  • Responsible for alignment of the company’s SBIR grant program with business strategies, as well as overseeing grant submissions and compliance with grant requirements on behalf of the company
  • Attracts, recruits, and retains required members of the R&D team not currently in place; provides mentoring to subordinates
  • Fosters a success-oriented, accountable, and quality-focused environment within the company
  • Provides technical representation for the company with clients, investors, and business partners
  • Complies with all federal and state laws, as well as the Lucigen quality system 

This position requires a Ph.D. degree in a life science field and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in biotechnology at leading academic and industrial laboratories, or a Master’s degree in a life science field and a minimum of 20 years’ experience in biotechnology at leading academic and industrial laboratories. Additional requirements include:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of NGS platforms, applications, and data analysis
  • A track record of outstanding success with 10+ years’ experience in scientific management
  • Proven success in managing and developing people, group problem solving, and customer relationships
  • Good working knowledge of the requirements of an ISO quality system
  • Ability to formulate clear value and economic benefit statements, good problem solver, strong economic thinker, technical integrator
  • Exceptional organizational and oral/written communication skills
  • Strong communications and PC skills (proficiency in Microsoft Office products and spreadsheet experience)
  • Personal history of good judgment and stable temperament with rational core beliefs: integrity, responsibility, and win/win world view
  • A strong commitment to quality and continuous improvement
  • Ability and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally
  • Aptitude to work in a complex and rapidly growing company
  • Results-oriented, ensuring targets are met on time and on budget
How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their resume to with Job #017110GW in the subject line.

About Our Organization

Lucigen Corporation is working to improve people’s lives by providing quality products and services to life science and healthcare professionals. Lucigen provides biomedical research products and services to customers worldwide, all under an ISO 13485-compliant quality system. Core competencies include enzyme evolution, protein expression, cloning, competent cells, NGS, and molecular diagnostics.

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