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Location: Branford, CT, Job Type: Full-time, Work Environment: Research laboratory and shared workspace. 0-20% Travel.
Ancera is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of Microbial Security products. Ancera’s flagship PIPER platform is the fastest microbial quantification and characterization solution across the food, agriculture, and livestock supply chains.
Powered by patented MagDrive technology, PIPER generates pathogen and microbiome data in hours instead of weeks. The PIPER analytics engine aggregates microbial data in an operational context. This enables verifiable chain of custody and microbial risk assessment at each point in the supply chain.
Ancera is currently looking for a Director-level microbiologist/molecular biologist to manage a fast-paced product development group focused on developing novel products for food pathogen analysis and animal health. Prior experience with successful product launches and managing molecular biology or immunology assay development activities is required. Experience working with food pathogens common in the poultry processing industry is preferred but not required.
Manage the development, validation, and commercialization of antibody-based pathogen capture products on the PIPER platform
Manage a multidisciplinary team of scientists to achieve product development goals of Ancera
Contribute your expertise to our evolving strategy on developing NGS and/or probe-based hybridization product
Manage a small group of microbiologists and molecular biologists developing and improving assays Ancera’s Piper platform
Apply expertise to numerous development projects and participate in ongoing laboratory work
Become an expert in all aspects of the PIPER platform
Mentor and develop talent of the Biology group
Work closely with outside contractors and collaborators
Interact collaboratively with the Engineering, Operations, Business Development and Management groups
Direct the development of new antibodies and novel probe sets
Demonstrated ability to manage product development activities resulting in successful commercialization
Researcher with strong technical and scientific background in current microbiology and molecular techniques
Specific experience developing in-situ hybridization, PCR, and antibody-based assays
Experienced using NGS for microbiome analysis
Able to design probes for PCR and FISH assays
Familiarity with and/or experience setting up NGS experiments
Experience managing a biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory
Able to effectively communicate issues and results that impact timelines, accuracy, and reliability of laboratory data to senior management
Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot, optimize, and validate experiments
Skilled at developing novel, patentable solutions to development challenges
Hands-on laboratory skills to augment the skills of direct reports
Passionate about working on challenging disruptive technologies and developing products that meet requirements of customers
Comfortable working as a member of a close-knit team
Innate desire to mentor and develop young scientists and engineers
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with personnel at all levels
Confident asking questions as well as exchanging feedback with other team members
Ambition driven with critical thinking skills
Must have absolute attention to detail
Perform well under fast paced and challenging product and market requirements
Ability to juggle multiple tasks
Able to contribute technically to projects outside of their responsibility
Polite, persistent and patient
PhD in microbiology or related field with a minimum of 10+ years in an aggressive product development role is required.
Demonstrated experience successfully launching products with revenue impact.