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Research Specialist



Cerus aims to be the global leader and trusted partner of blood centers and hospitals whose technology, services, and commitment are the lifeblood of safe and accessible blood for patients around the world.

Summary and Scope of Position:

Perform research and/or development as a technical expert and key member of the Bioanalytical group.  Support projects focused on identification of degradation products using HPLC/UPLC for the INTERCEPT Blood System platforms; generation and analysis of data and support assessment of unknown impurities by liquid chromatography. This is position requires the candidate to be on site, limited remote work.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop, validate and implement quantitative HPLC analysis of compounds from biological matrices for project advancement.
  • Independent ability to operate and troubleshoot HPLC (Agilent 1100, 1260 Infinity, Waters Alliance 2695 or equivalent).
  • Independent ability to design, execute, and analyze data from experiments or studies.
  • Note trends and aberrations in data, identify problems and suggest/conduct experiments to determine root cause and develop solutions.
  • Support other analytical methods and technologies for project advancement, that may include mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).
  • Prepare, initiate and complete analytical method validation and reports.
  • Prepare, initiate and complete study protocols and reports for both GLP and R&D studies.
  • Act as Study Director for internal studies and when Cerus performs GLP studies as a Test Facility.
  • Act as Principal Investigator in designing, conducting and analyzing own experiments and, potentially, those performed at external test sites
  • Manage CRO including shipment, data analysis and reporting of final results, as needed.
  • Expected to maintain leading edge knowledge in primary field of expertise.
  • Participate on project teams providing contribution of ideas, developing of plans, execution of plans, and timely reporting of results.
  • Prepare and manipulate various blood products, including plasma, platelets and RBCs.
  • Must be willing to work with potent chemicals utilizing a glove box.
  • Maintain laboratory notebooks.
  • Maintain high level of professional expertise through familiarity with current scientific literature.
  • Contribute to project progress within his/her scientific discipline.
  • Design, initiate and manage off-site studies and /or projects.
  • May supervise lower-level scientific staff including training, development and performance management.
  • Perform other related duties as required. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 11 years experience or Master’s degree in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 8 years experience.
  • Experience with analytical techniques including chromatography (RP, IEX, Affinity, Size exclusion), mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), extractions (solid phase, liquid-liquid, protein precipitation), radioactivity (14C, 3H and 35S) and spectroscopy (UV-VIS).
  • Experience with analytical instrumentation including HPLC, UV-VIS spectrophotometers, LSC.
  • Solid experience with related computer software.
  • Experience with biological matrices.
  • Working knowledge of DNA preparation (PCR), electrophoresis.
  • Working knowledge of blood bank practices.
  • Familiarity with GLP/GMP regulations and record keeping.
  • Proficient in writing reports, regulatory submissions and publications.


Benefits plans: medical, dental, vision, domestic partner benefits, paid maternity and paternity leaves, healthcare and dependent care flexible spending, life and accidental death insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, matching 401(k), RSUs.

Work and family: EAP, legal and financial services, health club membership discounts, tuition reimbursement

Location: Concord, CA


Post Date: 7/29/2022 8:21:03 AM
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