Senior Scientist I (Bacterial Assay Development)


CA-San Carlos, US

Contract Type:  Regular Full-Time
Area:  Research & Development
Req Id:  512889

Would you like to join an international team working to improve the future of healthcare? Do you want to enhance the lives of millions of people? Grifols is a global healthcare company that since 1909 has been working to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. We are leaders in plasma-derived medicines and transfusion medicine and develop, produce and market innovative medicines, solutions and services in more than 110 countries and regions.

GigaGen, a subsidiary of Grifols, discovers and develops next-generation recombinant antibody therapeutics. Our core technology utilizes a microfluidic droplet system to capture and immortalize diverse immune repertoires, which can then be mined for exceptional monoclonals or enriched and used as high-potency polyclonal therapeutics. Our preclinical pipeline includes several recombinant polyclonal products for infectious diseases and a monoclonal antibody with a unique mechanism for oncology, which is entering the clinic.


We are seeking an innovative and motivated Senior Scientist I to develop and implement novel capabilities and assays (in particular those related to bacterial targets) to functionally characterize our therapeutic antibody drug candidates, and to help spearhead projects to continually improve and expand upon our internal capabilities


Primary responsibilities for the role:

  • Researching the literature to devise novel application ideas
  • Designing and performing in vitro bacterial functional assays
  • Analyzing data and discussing results at internal and external meetings
  • Brainstorming and troubleshooting research projects with other scientists
  • Writing protocols for new capabilities and training other technical staff
  • Assisting in data generation, curation, and writing for publications
  • Mentoring other staff in proper lab skills, experiment design, and data analysis
  • Identifying and evaluating external vendors


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with functional in vitro bacterial assays such as bacterial growth, binding, and killing assays
  • Strong technical foundation in microbiology and bacterial cell culture
  • Technical foundation in one or more of the following areas is preferred: mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, protein engineering, high-throughput systems
  • Strong scientific understanding and logical thinking
  • Technical writing skills and experience authoring manuscripts
  • Comfort in designing experiments from scratch and thinking creatively
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work across multiple projects

Education and Experience:

Bachelor with 8+ years of experience, Masters with 5+ years of experience or PhD. with 3+ years of experience

In order to be considered for the Senior Scientist I position, all applicants must submit an application, resume and cover letter. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.


The estimated pay scale for the Senior Scientist I role based in San Carlos, California is $130,000.00-$170,000.00 per year. Additionally, the position is eligible to participate in the company bonus pool. We offer a wide variety of benefits including, but not limited to: Medical, Dental, Vision, PTO, up to 5% 401(K) match and tuition reimbursement. Final compensation packages will ultimately depend on education, experience, skillset, knowledge, where the role is performed, internal equity and market data. We are committed to offering our employees opportunities for professional growth and career progression. Grifols is a global healthcare organization with employees in 30 countries focused on patient health and providing impactful results. Since our humble beginnings in 1909, Grifols has been a family company that prides itself on its family-like culture. Our company has more than tripled over the last 10 years, and you can grow with us! 



Third Party Agency and Recruiter Notice:

Agencies that present a candidate to Grifols must have an active, nonexpired, Grifols Agency Master Services Agreement with the Grifols Talent Acquisition Department. Additionally, agencies may only submit candidates to positions that they have been engaged to work on by a Grifols Recruiter. All resumes must be sent to a Grifols Recruiter under these terms or they will be considered a Grifols candidate.


Grifols provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic or status protected by law.  We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


Location: NORTH AMERICA : USA : CA-San Carlos:USSCAR2 - San Carlos CA-Shoreway Road-AK 


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