Senior Scientist, Pluripotent Stem Cells
STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training. We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree. STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.
Job Description Summary
The Senior Scientist has full responsibility in providing expertise in the areas of scientific and technical leadership for the development of multiple product line(s) in the Research and Development (R&D) department. This role advances STEMCELL’s long-term success in current and emerging markets through product and technological innovation. With a strong and established reputation within the scientific community, the Senior Scientist serves as a scientific ambassador of the company to drive and leverage collaborations with external researchers and partners, and internally by sharing their expertise and interfacing closely with other departments.
Duties and Responsibilities
Fully responsible for multiple product line(s) of Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Maintenance including i) Set performance criteria, quality of experimental design, project planning, product optimization, and launch ii) Expand product offerings and focus on completing product work flows.
Identify and execute multiple product and process improvement projects including cost reduction and risk mitigation initiatives including i) Manage the assigned project research budget and provide monthly status updates ii) Generate technical documentation and provide pre- and post-product launch support iii) Troubleshoot and resolve complex scientific and technical investigations for cross-team and cross-functional operational activities.
Responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the corporate goals including innovative product development and identifying emerging markets, including i) In collaboration with the Strategic Marketing group, review marketing analyses, cutting edge technologies, product lifecycle management and future trends to identify customer needs ii) Present New Product Proposals (NPPs) iii) Evaluate new technologies independently or with the Business Development Team iv) Generate intellectual property and review relevant literature to respond to patent office actions v) Draft patent applications vi) Perform literature and patent searches to identify new technologies and scientific trends
Keep abreast of competitor activities, regularly present competitor analysis reports, and recommend new product development ideas to counter potential competitor threats.
Execute projects, initiatives, services and department goals with the required internal and external collaborations.
Source grant funding opportunities and submit applications.
Serve as a scientific ambassador of the company: i) Deliver superior quality presentations to internal and external audiences ii) Promote the STEMCELL brand and mission iii) Interact regularly with external experts to build successful relationships iv) Publish abstracts, posters and articles.
In collaboration with the Education Team, generate training material and participate in the product training sessions as needed.
Adhere to the Quality Management System (QMS) initiatives and requirements.
Responsible for team productivity and facilitating communication with other groups and departments.
Proactively report and present on the product lifecycle activities to senior leaders across the company.
Lead, manage, coach and mentor a cross-functional team to meet the deliverables.
PhD with 4-7 years of relevant experience in human pluripotent stem cell biology and the regulation of pluripotency.
Experience with genetic or epigenetic regulation of pluripotent stem cells, or the detection and manipulation of cellular signaling pathways in pluripotent stem cells is an asset.
Expertise in gene editing of pluripotent stem cells is an asset.
Knowledge and expertise in metabolic pathways in stem cells.
An independent researcher with product, methodology, and/or technology development experience.
Proven record of complex experimental design and execution, including expertise in applying appropriate statistical analyses in complex data sets.
Broad technical expertise and knowledge of diverse laboratory techniques. Proven experience training personnel on laboratory techniques and protocols.
Expert presenter to deliver technical summaries of data with critical thinking skills to provide in-depth analyses and interpretations.
Extensive knowledge and practical experience of STEMCELL products are assets.
Proven history of innovation and scientific discovery.
Established scientific reputation in the relevant field of research.
Managed successful collaborations with key opinion leaders.
Demonstrated proficiency drafting business plans, patent applications and related articles in the field of expertise is an asset.
Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation) both in one-on-one and in group settings.
Detail-oriented and proficient at time management.
Team orientated – ‘one-team’ behavior with demonstrated team leadership capabilities is a must.
This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.
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