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Scientist 2

Becton Dickinson
Job Location
Menlo Park, CA

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Job Description

The Scientist II is responsible for assisting in the development and evaluation of new assays, enhancements to existing assays and instrument protocols. Assists in the execution of assay development experiments. Uses independent judgment to adapt and modify standard assay development techniques to solve assay or protocol challenges.

Executes experiments independently and evaluates, discusses, presents and explains material of moderate complexity. Follows established procedures. Works under general direction, but may independently determine and define solutions to experimental problems.


Primary duties include the following:

  • Supports the development of new assays and technologies.
  • Performs experiments to evaluate and optimize new assay methods, under general supervision of a senior level scientist.  
  • Follows protocols, prepares technical reports and summaries.
  • Tabulates and analyzes experimental data of moderate complexity.
  • Presents data at group meetings. 
  • Contributes to the completion of milestones associated with specific projects.  Failure to achieve results or erroneous decisions may cause delays in program schedules.
  • Develops knowledge of BD Genomics products through training.
  • Continues pursuit of molecular biology and genomics knowledge through seminars and webinars.
  • Participates in functional and cross-functional training to advance technical capabilities.
  • Participates in training on regulatory issues affecting reagent development. Brings experimental questions/issues to the attention of supervisor.
  • Promotes a safe work environment.
  • Offers recommendations on maintaining the safety of the work environment.  Participates in Environmental Health & Safety programs. 
  •  Participates in addressing corrective actions whenever a hazard is identified.  Notifies supervisor of all observed unsafe work practices.
  • Works under general supervision with moderate supervision. 
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a biological science discipline.

  • Minimum 5 years of commercial molecular biology/biotechnology experience.
  • General knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline.
  • Experience with nucleic acid techniques including DNA and RNA extraction methods, PCR, DNA quantitation using both UV- and fluorescent-based methods and qPCR, and other DNA manipulations.
  • Experience with Next Generation Sequencing techniques for sample preparation and running Illumina and Ion Torrent sequencers
  • Specific knowledge of NGS instrumentation and data analysis.
  • Adept with data analysis using Excel, JMP and other analysis programs.
  • Creative, analytical, problem solving abilities and the understanding of the basic molecular biology techniques will allow you to effectively trouble-shoot protocols and their interactions with the instruments.
  • Good understanding of biostatistics and statistical packages.
  • Familiarity with operation of routine laboratory instruments.
  • Familiarity with Product Development and Quality Management System.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and present data of moderate complexity.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep accurate and complete laboratory records and logs.
About Our Organization

Cellular Research, Inc., a biotechnology research and development company founded in 2011 by innovators from Silicon Valley and Stanford University, was recently acquired by Becton Dickinson and has become an integral part of the new start-up Genomics business at BD.

Our mission is to revolutionize life science research by enabling high-resolution investigation of single cells and limited samples, thereby creating new benchmarks and delivering new capabilities in discovery and drug development. Cellular Research has developed Molecular Indexing to deliver these capabilities. Molecular Indexing is a revolutionary technology that enables direct and precise counting of individual molecules, genes, chromosomes, and other genetic materials in very small samples and individual cells.

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