Director Research, Infectious Diseases

Job Location
Pleasanton, CA
Job Description

Expand the PCR Revolution and lead the Company’s research functions for infectious disease assays including the assessment of new technologies, the conduct of research and early development, the transfer of programs to development and future successful commercialization under Design Control. Provide support for Infectious Disease Commercial Life Cycle teams (e.g. Blood Screening, Virology, Microbiology, Point of Care) regarding unmet clinical needs, product/portfolio strategy, technology and assay design concepts.



  • Contribute to the development of the strategic research plan and priorities for Infectious Diseases.
  • Design and implement the research plan, experimental design and execution, and analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Present new Research project proposals to the Research Portfolio Committee for review and approval
  • Communicate and collaborate with other Research Departments including Chemistry and Innovation Technologies, Program in Core Research, and Bioinformatics.
  • Communicate with various international and domestic sites of Roche Molecular Diagnostics organization (eg Rotkreutz Development and Branchburg Operations facilities).
  • Maintain close connections/communications with Development.
  • Ensure the proper transfer of projects/programs to Development within the RMD Design Control Process.
  • Assess external technology(ies) and integration into the Company’s proprietary/intellectual properties. Also, manage and safeguard the Company’s intellectual properties.
  • Provide oversight for the RMS Culture Collection organization and it’s support for all R&D teams, as well as the Global Surveillance program.
  • Lead by example, taking a genuine interest in people, listening carefully and telling the truth, and discovering the potential in people
  • Build and maintain an effective organization; promote a high performance environment, ensuring that projects are appropriately staffed and employees are properly trained, and empowering and trusting people to make decisions..
  • Ensure budget, staffing and other corporate/program goals are met.
  • Drive for a leadership position in Infectious Disease Diagnostics for existing assays as well as for new diagnostic targets.
  • Serve as Lifecycle Team (LCT) Core Team representative from Research for at least one LCT

Who you are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies, and where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.



  • Ph.D. in relevant Life Sciences required, preferably with a focus on Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
  • Minimum 10 years (preferred 10-15) combined experience of increasing levels of responsibility in research and development.
  • At least five years research and development experience with molecular diagnostic technologies within the area of infectious disease assays is required.
  • Prior research and development management experience with IVD assay systems involving both reagents and instrumentation.
  • Prior supervisory/management experience of at least 3-5 years.
  • Demonstrated achievement and recognition in the scientific community via peer-reviewed journal publications and presentation of findings at key scientific meetings.
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing intellectual properties as well as expertise in conducting external technology assessments.
  • Prior budget responsibilities of at least $1 million.
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