Assistant Scientist

Concord, CA
Feb 15, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

We have an opening for a talented Senior Research Associate/ Assistant Scientist I to join the Research and Pre-Clinical Department at Cerus. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting research and development activities for biotherapeutics based on thorough understanding of hemostasis and associated pathophysiology. The successful candidate will also function as a member of multi-disciplinary project team and be responsible for developing, optimizing and executing biochemical and cell based functional assays to identify and advance lead biologics in this therapeutic area. In addition, the candidate will have opportunities to work with a team of leading scientists to develop physiologically relevant in vitro and ex vivo systems to study platelet and coagulation factor biology.


Primary Responsibilities:

Execute experiments, either independently or as a team member. Develop, implement, and validate new methods and technologies for project advancement. Assist with the design and execution of studies, analysis of data, and making recommendations. Conduct routine testing in support of platelet and Coagulation studies. Write study plans, final reports, notebook entries and other required documentation of work. Assist in the maintenance of general laboratory functionality through monitoring of consumables inventory, QC of equipment and chemical inventory. Maintain high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature. Reduce and analyze complex data and present it to maximize clarity and impact. Present results of data at departmental or project meetings. Contribute to scientific publications. May determine methods and procedures on new assignments. May supervise, mentor or provide guidance to other personnel. Perform other related duties as required.


Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 5 years’ experience or, Master’s degree in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 2 years’ experience. Proficient in statistics and computer software (Excel). Proficient in writing protocols and reports. Strong attention to detail and accuracy. Familiarity with GLP regulations desirable. Flexible; ability to adapt to changing priorities. Good communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal, listening). Ability to work independently. Time management (schedules, timelines, task prioritization). Excellent problem-solving skills; solution-oriented. Team oriented.