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Production Scientist, Molecular Diagnostics


Chai brings molecular diagnostics to the real world. Our rapid, easy-to-use Real-Time PCR solutions enable wide ranging applications, from helping breweries brew better beer, to the detection of food-borne pathogens, and even stopping the spread of COVID in schools and workplaces. Life science researchers in over 60 countries use our instruments and reagents in their research, and partners use our products to detect fraud, fight terrorism, and prevent hospital-acquired infections.
We're looking to hire a Production Scientist to transfer reagents and test kits from R&D into production, manufacture and QC the products, and drive continuous process/quality improvements and cost reductions.

What You'll Do

  • Drive the transfer of new products such as qPCR reagents and food safety test kits into manufacturing by developing QC assays, production processes, and manufacturing documentation
  • Develop schedules and plan production batches to timely delivery of critical products
  • Manufacture biological products and kits to meet production schedules
  • Supervise, train, and mentor technicians to manufacture products and perform laboratory procedures
  • Manage OOS and CAPA non-conforming events by driving root cause analysis, troubleshooting, and resolution of quality issues and implementing corrective actions
  • Perform quality control assays, troubleshoot customer complaints and non-conformances, and drive process improvements to increase quality and reduce costs
  • Design experiments to problem-solve and improve existing manufacturing protocols and QC methods, and summarize technical data into concise reports that includes recommendations
  • Maintain inventory, plan work orders, and update BOMs and documents into our ERP and PLM systems
  • Manage supply chain and purchasing via ERP for biological reagents

You Have

  • A BS or MS degree in Life Sciences, Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, or a related field with 3+ years experience in a biological manufacturing environment
  • Highly skilled at qPCR, DNA/RNA extraction, and gel electrophoresis methods
  • You're a pro at designing and executing experiments, analyzing data, and presenting results and recommendations
  • A solid understanding cGMP manufacturing and ISO 13485/9001 quality systems
  • Phenomenal bench skills and comfort with a variety of lab equipment
  • You're inventive, organized, and have great communication

We Offer

  • Great compensation package including generous equity
  • Health/dental/vision insurance for employees, subsidized for family
  • 401(k) plan & FSAs
  • Paid holidays and PTO
  • Fully stocked kitchen + catered lunch on Wednesdays
  • An opportunity to make your mark at a growing startup

About Chai

This is an on-site position in our Santa Clara office. Our workforce is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and proof of vaccination is required for employment.
We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.
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