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Principal Scientist - Material Synthesis Lead

About Dexcom:
Founded in 1999, Dexcom, Inc. provides continuous glucose monitoring technology to help patients and their clinicians better manage diabetes. Since our inception, we have focused on better outcomes for patients, caregivers, and clinicians by delivering solutions for people with diabetes - while empowering our community to take control of diabetes.
Summary:
This individual will join the membrane department within Dexcom's research and development organization. This is an exciting leadership opportunity for an enthusiastic scientist with a clear understanding of the technical and regulatory challenges of developing and validating a material used in a class III medical device. The individual is expected to provide technical expertise and leadership in the development and implementation of novel materials to be used in future CGM products. The individual will also collaborate and communicate outside of the R&D organization, interacting with operations, supply chain, quality assurance and other departments.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for scientific oversight on novel material synthesis and scale up, manufacturing process qualification and implementation into future CGM products
Lead new material implementation projects; coordinate meetings to present and discuss project scope and progress; lab space and resource planning; define product/equipment specifications and process boundaries; oversee budget and timelines
Work closely with raw material suppliers, venders, independent labs, etc. on related projects
Proactively identify potential issues and develop effective solutions to technical challenges
Design and conduct experiments, analyze data and scientific findings and summarize in presentations and reports
Develop, write, and edit existing SOPs; ensuring valid and accurate information
Provide scientific leadership and development of lab personnel and support team
Promote a safe work environment. Participates in Environmental Health and Safety programs. May provide recommendations on maintaining the safety of the work environment and address corrective actions whenever a hazard is identified
Other responsibilities or projects as assigned by reporting manager
Required Qualifications:
Typically requires a PhD in Material Sciences/Engineering, Polymer Chemistry or related material science field with 8-10+ years of industry experience in a related field
Demonstrated expertise in polymer synthesis in a production setting: working knowledge of applicable regulatory guidance, GMP/GLP regulations, manufacturing equipment and process control
Accomplished in developing robust scale-up and production processes to meet specifications and quality objectives
Experience in project management and working with cross-functional team and suppliers
Advanced knowledge of polymer characterization techniques: GPC, DSC, NMR, etc
Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated good technical writing and presentation skills in professional journals or conferences
Experience with materials used in medical devices
Self-motivated with a strong sense of urgency requiring minimal oversight by immediate manager
Experience with critical parameter management and six sigma methodology
Strong knowledge in data analysis software such as JMP
Travel Required:
0 €“ 24%
Supervisory Responsibilities:
May be required to lead, supervise, and coordinate the work of lab personnel.
Language Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively in English. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be required to perform the following Physical Activity: Standing, walking, sitting, using hands, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk or hear, taste or smell. May be required to lift 0 lbs. to over 100 lbs.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be exposed to the following environmental conditions: Wet or humid conditions, work near moving parts, work in high - precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outdoor weather conditions, extreme heat (non-weather), extreme cold (non-weather), risk of electric shock, work with explosives, risk of radiation, vibration. The noise level in this work environment can range from quiet to very loud.
Please note: The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The duties and responsibilities in this job description may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
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