Team Leader/Principal Scientist IVD


Location: Fremont, California

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

From global research discoveries to clinical breakthroughs – our vision is to become the most influential life sciences company for researchers. If you are motivated by making a real impact to people’s life and have a desire to work in a passionate and diverse community, Abcam is the place for you.

Our culture is driven by our dedicated, agile and audacious community of professionals who are driven by a combined purpose and sense of belonging. We’re incredibly proud to be recognised as one of the top 5 best places to work in the UK for two years running, as per Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award.

Job Description

Working to ISO13485 and GMP-compliance and reporting to the Senior Director of Validation & Technical Quality, the Team Leader/Principal Scientist will manage a team of skilled scientists and technicians in the verification & validation of new and established products into our in vitro diagnostics portfolio of pathology biomarkers. This growing area of business within Abcam has with high visibility and also includes the engagement with industrial customers for GMP-manufacture of custom clones, as we focus on serving life scientists to achieve their mission, faster.

Your knowledge of V&V procedures for the delivery of IVD products in the pathology market will be exemplary. You will have great communication skills to interface regularly with key stakeholders around the business, including QA, Manufacturing and Business Development. In addition, as part of a global IHC team, you will be expected to interact with our IHC colleagues globally, in alternate US sites, UK and China as we align our IHC processes.

This role requires a deep understanding of immunohistochemistry (IHC) and IHC processes across a variety of staining systems within a regulated environment. You will be expected to have experience in tissue recognition and tissue scoring procedures to a high degree. You will, in addition, have experience of digital pathology and image analysis. The successful candidate will line manage a team of 5 scientists and technicians with potential to increase with future requirements. While not a lab-based role, occasional benchwork for training or troubleshooting may be required.

Based in Fremont, California, the role requires a minimum of 3x days per week on-site to maximize teamworking with key stakeholders and labs. It would involve routine interaction around the Abcam global network, including the occasional flexibility for off-hours calls on the East Coast of the US, UK and China.


  • You are a leader and expert in immunohistochemistry within a regulated environment and have significant experience in generating immunohistochemical staining profiles in multiple tissue types to determine specificity and sensitivity of a given product.
  • You have experience in working under ISO13485, utilising CAPA, FMEA and Quality Plans to improve working processes.
  • You possess the ability to train the next generation of technicians and scientists in your team and have a proven track record in managing and building a team in a growth environment.
  • You can demonstrate, through the creation and delivery of KPI’s, that you can deliver IVD products to expected timelines.
  • You have advanced communication skills to interact with local and global stakeholders.
  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced, growing organisation.
  • You are experienced in generating high quality, scientific presentations for high-value industrial collaborations.
  • You understand the importance of ethical compliance for human biological samples.
  • Experience in digital pathology and image analysis would be an advantage
  • You will possess these broader professional skillsets
    • A neutral, data-driven approach and an open-mind.
    • The ability to manage multiple workflow streams (advanced time-management skills).
    • Constructive mindset to merge Company goals with scientific transparency for customers.
    • Overall confidence in being a leader, in running meeting agendas, organising multiple parties to work toward a common goal and other project management skills.
    • Willingness to look beyond day-to-day tasks and collaborate with the larger organisation to attack broader issues impacting the wider Abcam business.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A PhD in biology and post-doctoral experience in the field of pathology, or relevant experience.
  • 3+years of industry (non-academic) experience within a regulated environment.

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why we offer all kinds of ways to enable you and your loved ones to be well and live well. You can expect;

  • A culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development. We provide a wide range of training opportunities, for both professional and personal development.
  • The freedom to work in a way that works for you, with a focus on maximizing productivity and innovation at work while reducing environmental impact.
  • A performance-based share plan, inspiring and rewarding our people as we deliver Abcam’s strategy.
  • Attractive and flexible benefits package including 18 weeks full paid maternity leave and 6 weeks full paid paternity leave, increased paid time off accrual over time and much more.

We offer a truly inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. This is underpinned by our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and our partnerships with WORK180 (endorsed employer for women) and MyGwork (LGBT+ professional community). All our positions are open as a Job Share, where two talented professionals can share the responsibility of a full time position. You can declare your interest in a job share role within the application form.

Abcam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you’re interested in this particular role then we’d love to read your application.

Effective January 1, 2022, all U.S.-based employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID as a condition of employment at Abcam. Employees with a sincerely held religious belief and/or disability impacting their ability to obtain the COVID vaccine can request a reasonable accommodation.

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