Principal Scientist II / Research Leader
Pleasanton, CA US
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

The IVD PCR Research and Early Development department is seeking a scientist to lead a team in designing, creating, and optimizing PCR assays for human diagnostics. We create high quality, multiplexed assays in oncology, genetics, microbiology, blood screening and virology. The optimal candidate will have technical skills, particularly with PCR, knowledge of the biology, and the ability to synthesize from the literature and other sources to recommend assay coverage and configuration. Additionally, you should have an understanding of the studies needed to test assay performance while on the path to IVD quality assays.

In addition to scientific skills, the ideal candidate will have excellent management and planning skills and understand how our projects fit business and clinical needs. You may need to coordinate and work with a pharmaceutical company and their clinical trials. Good presentation and writing skills are needed as well as experience working with functional areas outside of research. The position requires supervising several scientists and being comfortable managing several projects at various stages in a matrixed environment while adhering to timelines.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Manage multiple projects in research and early development, including the design, budget, and timelines.
  • Oversee and guide scientists to achieve high quality results while meeting timelines
  • Serve as a resource to other departments such as Development, Operations, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
  • Present findings or comprehensive project status reviews at internal/external seminars/meetings. Apply advanced technical writing and graphical skills to produce reports and documents. Prepares summaries, reports, presentations, manuscripts, etc.


  • PhD in relevant scientific field (Biological/Life Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field) with a minimum of 7 years of experience OR Master's degree with 10 years+ experience working in industry with increasing responsibility.
  • Experience in regulated IVD product development including working under design control regulations and GMP/GLP laboratory conditions desirable
  • Skilled in molecular biology techniques including but not limited to nucleic acid extraction, PCR, digital PCR, and next generation sequencing.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams and across scientific disciplines

You're someone who wants to influence your own development. You're looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

Roche is an Equal Opportunity Employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
7+ years
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