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.
- 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.