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R&D Sr. Associate, Microbiome Science Platform

About the role


Indoor air and surfaces play a role in the transmission of disease. Cleaning, disinfection, and hygiene measures are part of removing pathogenic and other unwanted microorganisms from the environment. Although cleaning and disinfection are effective measures, there is a growing concern among consumers on the chemical residues of these products. 

Key Responsibilities


•    Develop an external research program focused on factors affecting the Microbiome of the Built Environment (MoBe) and development of Microbiome friendly products. 
•    Serve as Primary Investigator for multiple external research projects. Responsibilities to include; Partner identification and relationship management; Design of experiments, study execution, data analysis, author technical reports and product summaries.
•    Collaborate with a diverse scientific team including virologists, mycologists, and bacteriologists each with a unique workstream. Communicate effectively across the team, with management, and external partners to accomplish goals.
•    Maintain professional expertise and substantial knowledge of principles and theories through familiarity with competing technologies and/or products, review of current scientific literature, and attendance at scientific seminars and meetings. 
•    Interact closely with internal stakeholders to develop research focus and deliverables. 
•    Exercise practical judgment within broadly defined practices and policies and exhibits creativity and foresight in selecting approaches and techniques for obtaining solutions



•    PhD (or MS with experience) in Biological Systems Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Cell biology, or a related discipline with 5-8 years of experience is required
•    2+ years of project management or research experience
•    Experience using current molecular biology methods and cell culture techniques
•    Awareness of globally important infectious disease agents, routes of transmission, and control strategies. 
•    Innovative mindset, collaborative team player, effective critical thinker, clear communicator (oral and written), and possess excellent troubleshooting skills.
•    Training and experience handling pathogenic organisms in a biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) environment
•    Collaborative and Proactive mindset to actively seek out new opportunities to partner and build influence within scientific community.
•    Proven Leadership skills in a similar industrial setting is a must
•    Excellent working knowledge of microbiology equipment
•    Strong and well developed motivational and interpersonal skills
•    Understanding priority setting and project management
•    Strong analytical skills with the ability to implement plans
•    Excellent communicator and ability to influence
•    Willing to explore new and previously uncharted territories, openness to change and ability to think out of the box
•    Results oriented, entrepreneurial, self-motivating and bias for action
•    Capable of building strong working relationships to deliver outstanding results


In return Reckitt offers very competitive salaries with excellent benefits and the chance to progress your career within a truly global organisation.
Reckitt is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by appropriate law. All hiring decisions are made based on merit, competence and business need.

Nearest Major Market: New York City

Job Segment: Immunology, Medical Lab, Cytology, Healthcare

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