Principal Scientist I

Job Location
4300 Hacienda Dr
Pleasanton, CA
Job Description


  • Conceives, plans and conducts advanced independent Research/Development experiments from project inception through product launch and field support, defining project milestones and applying advanced scientific knowledge to complete projects.
  • Designs experiments to test hypothesis related to project outcomes, and analyzes and interprets data/results.
  • Recommends new or creative approaches, and/or expansion or curtailment of investigations based on experimental data or new scientific information arising from area of responsibility.
  • Participates in project planning, process updates, and experimental design.
  • Assumes responsibility for timely completion of projects, ensuring activities are consistent with project critical path and responding appropriately to changing priorities.
  • Ensures technical activities under delegated supervision are conducted within internal and external guidelines and regulations. Interacts with other departments to further project goals.
  • Accurately and consistently records experimental methods, materials and results in electronic laboratory notebooks.
  • Analyzes data, evaluates results, forms conclusions, and determines future experiments.
  • Presents findings or comprehensive project status reviews at internal seminars/meetings. Applies advanced technical writing skills to produce reports and documents.
  • Prepares summaries, internal reports, presentations, manuscripts, etc.
  • Serves as an expert resource to other departments (e.g., Manufacturing/Operations, Quality, Marketing,
  • Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Studies, and International Technical Services), provides timely response and follow-ups.
  • Participates in the expeditious transfer of products and technologies by providing scientific knowledge and assistance.
  • Provides technical advice/guidance to junior scientific staff, and serves as a role model.
  • Works on diverse problems requiring significant analysis and evaluation of intangible variables; may refer to established precedents and policies.
  • May represent RMD as primary contact on projects.
  • Interacts with senior personnel from other RMD departments or Roche companies on significant matters often requiring coordination between departments/organizations.
  • May lead project teams to solve business problems of moderate size risk and complexity.
  • Positions with people management responsibility have full HR responsibility for direct and indirect reports which includes hiring/firing decisions, interviewing, selections, performance feedback, discipline, pay decisions and handling employee grievances/complaints.

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. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.



  • Bachelor’s in Biological/Life Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field; or Master's
  • 7 years’ relevant industry experience



  • Ph.D.
  • 8 -10 years’ relevant industry experience
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