Scientist II

Becton Dickinson
Job Location
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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.
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