Senior Scientist
Becton Dickinson - Baltimore, MD

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: Senior Scientist


: System Integration

Subteam: MAX Open System Group

The statements below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates assigned to this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of associates so classified.



System Scientists in this role are responsible for complete understanding and wide application of molecular biology principles, theories and concepts within the Diagnostic field. The ability to work independently to troubleshoot and determine solutions is key in this role with frequent inter-organizational and outside customer contacts.

As part of the MAX Open System Group, the associate will directly engage with partners and customers to generate working solutions on the MAX platform. The position will collaborate closely with peers in Open System assay development, software engineering, technical service, and business development to understand, document and deliver solutions for partners and customers.



Reporting to the Open System Group Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for working with global IVD partners and advanced customers to optimize assay chemistry and human clinical sample processing methods in order to develop UDP, and IVD assays

Train new users on the BD MAX™ system and provide on-going support as they develop work-plans to migrate and optimize their assays.

Provide guidance and advanced user training on best practice methods for optimizing targets, designing multi-plex reactions, performing LODs, and dentifying critical parameters.

Collect, record, report and present results to peers and supervisor/manager either orally and in writing.

Effectively communicate information cross-functionally within BD to Sales/Marketing, Technical Services and Systems Engineering to help understand and leverage new trends molecular diagnostics and develop new applications.

Work with the OSG Manager to engage potential new IVD partners and manage external customer relationships and ensure that both parties meet agreed upon project technical objectives.

Work closely with BD / external collaborator operations department to ensure efficient and on time technology transfer of new assay menu.

Work with local in-country specialists for routine on-site work

Serve as conduit for other BD functions (i.e. R&D, Sales, Service, etc) with partners to ensure optimal coordination BD and partners for the full life cycle of assay development through launch.

Work closely with MAX open system product development teams to provide voice of customer and assist with new applications development

Travel, up to 40%, including US and International destinations, to support the duties and responsibilities listed above.




Bachelor’s degree in life sciences with minimum of five years relevant experience or Master's Degree / Ph.D. with two years relevant experience required or a combination of equivalent education and experience.

One year experience with

in vitro

diagnostic development, microbiology, or molecular biology.

One year experience in a technical, customer facing role preferred.

Experience in a broad range of practical techniques in molecular biology with demonstrated skills in developing/adapting procedures to meet specific objectives and solve problems. Specifically, experience in nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) isolation, analysis, amplification and detection are needed.

Experience of processing clinical samples for the recovery of nucleic acids together with a strong background in microbiology, virology and/or clinical laboratory sciences is advantageous.

Independent with proven ability to apply scientific principles to achieve project objectives, including the design and execution of experiments, and analysis and interpretation of data.

Knowledge of Current Good Manufacturing Practices and product development are desirable as is experience with liquid handling automation and real-time PCR chemistry and equipment.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary together with a history of self-motivation and work in a team environment.

Previous customer facing experience or technical support role, demonstrating ability to lead and exercise own initiative, highly desirable.

Experience as member of project team


Life Sciences R & D

Primary Location



First Shift / Day Job

Relocation Available


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