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Principle Scientist Team Leader

Westbrook, Maine
Salary commensurate with qualifications.
Closing date
Nov 22, 2021

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The Reagent Process Development team is looking for a dynamic and engaging Principal Scientist, Team Leader to manage an R&D Process Development team.  The successful candidate is a strategic leader who can connect customer requirements with manufacturing needs.  The Principal Scientist will build an effective R&D team through coaching and mentorship of scientific staff, leveraging internal and external partnerships, and collaborative leadership across the organization.  

What will you do? 

  • Build, support, and develop a world class team of 3-4 scientists.
  • Draw from your broad experience in either chemistry, biochemistry, and/or biophysics to effectively drive new diagnostic products to the market. 
  • Develop and execute a detailed workplan for scale-up and transfer into manufacturing environment for proprietary chemical and biological materials (rare reagents).  The workplan is based on an assessment of product requirements, stakeholder needs and manufacturing risks.  
  • Collaborate and communicate with internal and external networks to coordinate work, resolve challenges, and reach program goals. 
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of products and procedures, developments in the field and industry. 
  • Lead work activities of the group, planning and organizing work, providing adequate staffing and resources, and maintaining work on schedule in accordance with business priorities to meet milestone deliverables. 
  • Prepare reports and other information summarizing work activities, and report results to peer groups as well as senior management.  



What do you need to succeed?  

  • PhD in biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, organic chemistry or related field and relevant professional experience. 
  • Ideally at least 2 years of direct supervisory/management experience in biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, organic chemistry or related field. 
  • Project management skills or experience highly desirable. 
  • Track record of identifying and solving technical problems. 
  • Experience developing assays for one of the following formats desirable: immunoassay (such as ELISAs or lateral flow assays) or clinical chemistry (eg, enzyme-substrate turnover using absorbance or fluorescence detection methods).  
  • Demonstrated leadership success with both direct and/or indirect responsibility for strategic goals.  
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills including structured experimental design and analysis. 
  • Organizational skills and ability to plan work at individual, team and program levels. 
  • Ability to motivate and inspire the team with proactive team building and mentoring. 


We’re proud of the work we do, because our work matters. An innovation leader in every industry we serve, we follow our Purpose and Guiding Principles to help pet owners worldwide keep their companion animals healthy and happy, to ensure safe drinking water for billions, and to help farmers protect livestock and poultry from diseases. We have customers in over 175 countries and a global workforce of over 9,000 talented people.

So, what does that mean for you? We enrich the livelihoods of our employees with a positive and respectful work culture that embraces challenges and encourages learning and discovery.   At IDEXX, you will be supported by competitive compensation, incentives, and benefits while enjoying purposeful work that drives improvement. 

Let’s pursue what matters together.

IDEXX values a diverse workforce and workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

IDEXX is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.


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