Sr. Scientist-Microbiology

Employer
PDI
Location
Montvale, New Jersey
Posted
May 29, 2018
Ref
18-0241
Required Education
Doctorate/PHD/MD
Position Type
Full time

POSITION PURPOSE

Incumbent is a member of the R&D Microbiology team to conduct antimicrobial testing, method development and scientific research in support of the PDI’s growth strategies in Food Safety and Healthcare. 

The position is a key component in scientific advancement in surface disinfection. Primarily, the role supports new market launches with input across all facets of project progression including scientific insights, prototype assessment and registration testing to meet regulatory requirements. In addition, developing equity building studies that enhance PDI’s current portfolio to provide a competitive edge in a challenging marketplace. 
Be an agent of change by creating new methods and cultivating complex scientific research into understandable language for the non-technical. 


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES

a.    Partner with Industry and/or Academia to propose new scientific and behavioral research.
b.    Represent PDI in industry groups and technical committee meetings.
c.    Author white papers, scientific conference posters and peer reviewed journals.
d.    Perform antimicrobial testing according to regulatory (EPA, Health Canada) requirements.
e.    Manage external studies. 
f.    Actively seek new partnerships in both technologies and testing support.
g.    Develop novel methodologies in support of new product territories/claims. 
h.    Leads own projects and scientific endeavors.
i.    Maintain a pulse on Industry direction with respect to new claims
j.    Supervise a Junior Microbiologist inclusive of day to day support and ongoing performance reviews.

QUALIFICATIONS


EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION:    
•    University Degree in a Biological Science required
•    Ph.D. strongly preferred
•    Food safety background strongly preferred

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE:    
•    Rich Microbiology understanding.
•    Demonstrate understanding of Good Laboratory Practices.
•    Strategic thinking in a competitive landscape.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:    
•    5+ years of R&D working experience (academic or industry)
•    Previous peer reviewed research in either food safety or disinfection preferred.
•    Previous experience of wipes advantageous.
•    Previous experience within the Healthcare or Food Service industry advantageous.

SKILLS/ABILITIES:    
•    Excellent communication skills (verbal / written). Ability to explain science to management.
•    Prudent risk taker. Identifies opportunities and takes risks to achieve objectives.
•    Ability to develop new test methods.
•    Able to work on multiple projects of varying complexity.
•    Able to influence cross-functional partners to gain support and alignment to ideas.
•    Computer literate.

WORKING CONDITIONS

NONE:    About 50% Lab and 50% office environment

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Nice-Pak Products, Inc. (NP) is the global developer, manufacturer and marketer of pre-moistened wipes for the consumer market, specializing in personal care, hygiene, household cleaning and disinfection products.