Assistant Scientist

Concord, CA
Oct 23, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Cerus is seeking an Assistant Scientist who is enthusiastic about brining life-saving technologies to market to join the Hematology team. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing cutting-edge research, development, and GLP studies to support the INTERCEPT RBC, platelet or plasma platforms. The scope of work will include performing in vitro function assays using a variety of human blood and blood products, working to develop next generation technologies, and supporting clinical studies.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Execute experiments, either independently or as a team member; including experiments for product claims and regulatory submissions.
  • Perform and analyzing, multiple types of hematology assays, including metabolic, flow cytometry and ELISA assays
  • Develop, implement, and validate new methods and technologies for project advancement.
  • Assist in preparation of technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses.
  • Make detailed observations, analyze data, and interpret results for research experiments and GLP studies.
  • Reduce and analyze complex data and present it to maximize clarity and impact.
  • Prepare final reports, study plans, etc., necessary for multiple projects.
  • Act as principal investigator in conducting own experiments.
  • Work cross functionally with Clinical, CMC, Regulatory, Quality and Biostatistics departments.
  • Prepare and manipulate various blood products, including plasma, platelets and RBC.
  • May provide expertise on project teams, including contribution of ideas, developing plans, execution of the plan and timely reporting of results.
  • May supervise, mentor, or provide guidance to other personnel
  • May present at scientific conferences and contribute to scientific publications.
  • Maintain high level of professional expertise through familiarity with current scientific literature.
  • Contribute to project progress within his/her scientific discipline.
  • Perform other related duties as required 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 5 years of experience or, Master’s degree in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 2 years of experience.
  • Strong mathematics skills
  • Experience working with primary cells or blood cells
  • Experience with assay development is a plus
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Working knowledge of blood bank practices desirable but not required
  • Experience working in a GLP/GMP or other regulated environment desirable
  • Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, scientific and graphics applications
  • Flexible; ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Solid communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal).
  • Time management (schedules, timelines, task prioritization).
  • Excellent problem-solving skills; solution-oriented.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a cross-functional team.

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