Senior Scientist Product Development BloodCenter of Wisconsin BloodCenter of Wisconsin 384 reviews

Under the direction of the Director Product Development, the Senior Scientist is responsible for researching, performing, and interpreting experiments in support of new transfusion medicine, transplant, and hematology-focused diagnostic assay development and implementation, as well as troubleshooting and improving current diagnostic assays performed by the organization. The position also serves as a Group Leader, with indirect supervisory and technical mentoring responsibilities.



  • Serves as a champion for innovative assay concepts; designs and participates in the development and implementation of new transfusion medicine, transplant, and hematology-based clinical diagnostic assays
  • Collaborates with laboratory scientific and medical directors on new assay ideation, technology assessments, and translational research
  • Serves as a team lead and/or subject matter expert on development projects. Provides technical input and mentoring for junior members of department
  • Performs and interprets experiments independently in support of new assay development
  • Presents experimental results and interpretation to department management and other project stakeholders
  • Prepares and/or assists in the preparation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), lab development notebooks, development plans, validation plans and summaries, and other relevant documentation
  • Trains clinical diagnostic lab staff on relevant assay execution
  • Serves as a technical resource for lab(s) in area of specialized expertise
  • Serves as liaison/point of contact with internal and external partners to promote technology assessments and research, and facilitates technology transfer into respective lab(s)
  • Maintains a current understanding of literature and presentations relevant to the organization’s clinical focus, and applies the acquired knowledge and skills in contributing to the structure and planning of research and development projects
  • Represents organization/presents research at scientific conferences
  • Performs specialized tests for laboratory-specific research, contract research, and other special projects, as needed


  • Prepares and/or participates in abstract and manuscript submissions and presentations
  • Assists management in identifying and evaluating key new technologies and testing platforms. Participates in formal new product opportunity evaluations
  • Assists with equipment maintenance
  • Assists in quality and process improvements
  • Interacts with vendors for quotes on, and ordering of, supplies, reagents, and equipment
  • Supports annual and project-specific budgeting, as well as establishing test costing, by providing relevant information on supplies, reagents, and equipment
  • Represents department at select internal planning and logistics meetings
  • Other relevant duties in support of the department/organization, as needed


  • PhD from an accredited academic institution in Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, or related field with academic/industry post-doctoral experience (or similar work force experience) preferred. Select candidates with a Master’s in the above fields and/or significant relevant clinical and scientific expertise (as demonstrated by publications, work experience, and technical skill) may also be considered.


  • Minimum of 7 years test development or comparable laboratory experience required
  • Educational and/or technical experience in transfusion medicine, transplant, and/or benign or malignant hematology field(s) preferred
  • Experience working within defined Quality Management Systems, including formal validation and documentation policies and procedures, preferred. Ability to demonstrate familiarity with, and use of, strong documentation procedures may also be considered.
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated direct laboratory experience in one or more of the following: nucleic acid work (DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, DNA/RNA sequencing [including NGS], digital PCR, etc.); flow cytometry; ELISA, chemiluminescence and/or similar technologies; serology/immunology; biochemical assays
  • Clinical diagnostic assay development, validation, and/or implementation (or equivalent experience) preferred. Clinical diagnostic testing using next-generation sequencing (NGS) preferred.
  • Prior experience managing/mentoring scientific staff from a technical perspective, in a direct or indirect reporting relationship
  • Experience in converting assays to new platforms (i.e., improved technology; high throughput; etc.) preferred
  • Prior experience managing and/or contributing to daily laboratory operations preferred
  • Previous experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems preferred

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong attention to detail; analytical ability to evaluate and ensure accuracy of data related to laboratory results and patient information
  • Experimental design and execution
  • Effective time management and organizational skills. Capable of planning, prioritizing and executing a broad base of laboratory functions and experiments, often across multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Able to deliver on organizationally defined timelines and effectively communicate progress, challenges, etc. to stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and as part of cross-functional teams
  • Previous technical supervisor/team leader experience
  • Effective oral and written communication skills for both scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Demonstrated decision-making, problem-solving, troubleshooting skills
  • Demonstrated adherence to good documentation procedures
  • Ability to train/transfer knowledge to other personnel (e.g., SOP creation and training)
  • Skilled use in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and/or similar software
  • Experience in multiplexed assay development preferred
  • Knowledge of Good Documentation, Good Laboratory, Good Clinical, and/or current Good Manufacturing Practices (GDP, GLP, GCP, cGMP) preferred
  • Knowledge of Quality Control/Quality Assurance principles preferred
  • Demonstrated project management experience preferred

Tools and Technology

  • Personal Computer (desktop, laptop, tablet)
  • General office equipment (computer, printer, fax, copy machine)
  • Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Automated DNA sequencers, q/dPCR instrumentation, spectrophotometers, flow cytometer, DNA arrays, multi-well plate readers and washers, pipets, centrifuges, photo documentation, automated liquid handling systems

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