JOBS – March, 2021


Please see my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local (US based) candidates with valid work visa with all required industry experience.  If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment). Please find me on Linkedin.

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Quality Engineer – South San Jose, CA

Exciting bay area start-up on catheter development to focus on improved outcomes of arterial disease has an immediate opportunity for a manufacturing minded Quality Engineer.

Responsibilities

Support QA/QC/QS functions and activities in a medical device manufacturing environment; Establish purchased materials RI acceptance criteria & perform RI; In-process/final device inspection; Technical Writing for Design History File documents etc, Regulatory & Quality System documents; Design, write & perform equipment qualifications & process validations; establish & maintain equipment calibration & maintenance; support team, contract manufacturers & suppliers with robust & statistically valid testing, sample size selection, monitoring & analysis requirements

Requirements

5+ years medical device work experience (vascular catheter exp preferred), formal statistics training, Validation protocol design & report writing exp, exp to work in & maintain compliance of a certified QMS related to configuration control, document control & change control, enthusiasm for producing cool new products for catheter development. College education preferred.

Quality Assurance Engineer – N. San Jose, CA

The Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer supports compliance with applicable regulatory requirements by maintaining an effective quality management system and implementing continuous improvements. This position is responsible for activities ranging from product development through commercialization. This is a hands-on role where the Sr. Quality Engineer will apply diversified knowledge of engineering, quality principles and practices for pharmaceutical and combination products. This position requires technical expertise in Aseptic Techniques. The Senior Quality Engineer is responsible for performing a quality role for the aseptic manufacturing, quality systems and compliance in accordance with cGMP, related company SOP’s, federal laws, guidelines, and regulations during the receipt, storage, manufacture, and distribution of products. 

Requirements

  • Maintain & improve company’s Quality System in accordance with FDA Regulations and ISO 13485 requirements
  • Provide hands-on direction for aseptic process and cGMP manufacturing activities 
  • Support quality assurance activities, including, but not limited to: Risk Management (FMEAs, HA), internal and external audits, NCMRs and CAPAs
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams Manufacturing, Engineering, Facilities to ensure adherence to cGMP guidelines
  • Conduct investigations for issues associated with audits, lot history records and complaints. Approve manufacturing and testing deviations and investigations 
  • Evaluation and support for implementation of new processes, lead continuous improvement of aseptic / sterile processes
  • Lead and support qualification and validation of cGMP equipment, facilities, utility systems, analytical test methods, cleaning and manufacturing processes. These duties will include, but are not limited to: the implementation and documentation of these validations and their lifecycle management in compliance with FDA and EU regulations
  • Manage the deviation system, perform QA assessment of deviations and ensure that all assessments are completed, review and approve deviation reports
  • Assist in the review and approval of lot history records and test records
  • Conduct audits at CMO, testing operations and internal audits
  • Assist in development, review and approval of process and equipment validation/qualifications (IQ, OQ, PQ), summary reports, ensure qualifications are conducted in accordance with the Validation Master Plan
  • Investigate product quality problems and determine root cause, gather and analyze data, and implement corrective actions to reduce or eliminate cause
  • Lead the resolution of quality issues related to non-conformance reports and CAPAs
  • Develop and initiate sampling procedures and statistical process control methods
  • Address systemic quality issues with suppliers or internal groups
  • Evaluate product changes for qualification and validation requirements and assist in change implementations
  • Other duties/ activities may be necessary to support departmental or company goals

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Biology, or equivalent scientific discipline
  • A minimum of 7 years quality assurance/engineering experience within the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industry is required
  • cGMP experience is required
  • Experience with performing utility qualification activities for vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) system is preferred Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Understands and applies comprehensive knowledge of quality and GMP principles. Maintains current understanding of global GMP regulations
  • Experience with FDA Regulations (21 CFR part 820, part 210 and part 211) and ISO Standards (ISO 13485 and ISO 14971) is required
  • Experience regarding root cause analysis and statistical techniques (such as Cause and Effect Analysis, Fishbone Diagram, 5 Whys, Six Sigma processes)

Senior Quality Engineer – N. San Jose, CA

The Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer supports compliance with applicable regulatory requirements by maintaining an effective quality management system and implementing continuous improvements. This position is responsible for activities ranging from product development through commercialization. This is a hands-on role where the Sr. Quality Engineer will apply diversified knowledge of engineering, quality principles and practices for class II and class III medical devices and combination products. This position also ensures that the company complies with all applicable federal, industry, and company procedures, guidelines, and regulations during the receipt, storage, manufacture, and distribution of products.Requirements

  • Maintain and improve the quality system in accordance with FDA Quality System Regulation and ISO 13485 requirements
  • Support quality assurance activities, including, but not limited to: Risk Management (FMEAs, HA), internal and external audits, NCMRs and CAPAs
  • Investigate product quality problems and determine root cause, gather and analyze data, and implement corrective actions to reduce or eliminate cause
  • Lead the resolution of quality issues related to non-conformance reports and CAPAs
  • Assist in development, review and approval of process and equipment validation/qualifications (IQ, OQ, PQ).
  • Provide QE support to production, purchasing and engineering
  • Support/lead test method validation activities
  • Conduct and support the development and validation of appropriate test methods for product and process performance
  • Develop and initiate sampling procedures and statistical process control methods
  • Support product line manufacturing and design stages by ensuring validation of manufacturing equipment and processes are conducted in accordance with the Validation Master Plan
  • Address systemic quality issues with suppliers or internal groups
  • Oversee calibration and preventive maintenance program
  • Assist in the review of lot history records and disposition of product (subassembly and finished goods)
  • Work with engineering to develop adequate inspection criteria
  • Perform statistical analysis such as capability, gage R&R, and statistical process control
  • Evaluate product changes for qualification and validation requirements and assist in change implementations
  • Other duties/ activities may be necessary to support departmental or company goals

Education and Job Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years quality assurance/engineering experience is required. Experience in a regulated industry (medical device,) is required
  • BS degree in Engineering is required
  • Experience with FDA Quality System Regulations and ISO Standards (ISO 13485 and ISO 14971) is required
  • Experience with non-conformances, CAPA, and Risk Management is required
  • Experience in performing test method validation and Gage R&Rs
  • Extensive experience regarding root cause analysis and statistical techniques (such as Cause and Effect Analysis, Fishbone Diagram, 5 Whys, Six Sigma processes)
  • CQE, CQA preferred

Quality Engineer – South San Jose, CA

Exciting bay area start-up on catheter development to focus on improved outcomes of arterial disease has an immediate opportunity for Quality Engineer.

Responsibilities
Support QA/QC/QS functions and activities in a medical device manufacturing environment; Establish purchased materials RI acceptance criteria & perform RI; In-process/final device inspection; Technical Writing for Design History File documents etc, Regulatory & Quality System documents; Design, write & perform equipment qualifications & process validations; establish & maintain equipment calibration & maintenance; support team, contract manufacturers & suppliers with robust & statistically valid testing, sample size selection, monitoring & analysis requirements

Requirements
5+ years medical device work experience (vascular catheter exp preferred), formal statistics training, Validation protocol design & report writing exp, exp to work in & maintain compliance of a certified QMS related to configuration control, document control & change control, enthusiasm for producing cool new products for catheter development. College education preferred.

Director of Regulatory Affairs – San Jose, CA

  • This is an exciting opportunity to join a world class team working under veteran leadership on a game changing class 3 drug delivery combination medical device. This opportunity requires unique combination of experience with developing global regulatory strategy and submissions for combination product development plus experience in multiple phases of development in various therapeutic areas, plus experience with biologics. If you have the right experience, this is exciting and potentially high outcome opportunity that will not disappoint.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a scientific discipline.
  • 10-15 years’ experience in Regulatory Affairs in biotechnology & pharmaceutical industry.
  • Thorough knowledge of the drug, device and combination product development process with demonstrated experience in developing global regulatory strategy and submissions.
  • Experience in multiple phases of development in various therapeutic areas is desirable. 
  • Experience with biologics is a must.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, communication and time management skills needed to manage multiple ongoing projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively across departments and on project team(s).
  • Results driven and team-orientated, with the ability to influence outcomes.  

Bioanalytical Lab Research Scientist – San Jose, CA

This is an exciting opportunity for a bioanalytical scientist to join world class team to work on drug-device projects, with the potential to dramatically change patient outcomes. Position, salary, and benefits are commensurate with experience, with possibility of option grants!!

Required: Background in medical device or pharma testing & regulatory development. Experience in preclinical and clinical research is a must. The candidate must have technical training in biochemistry and/or pharmaceutical sciences with experience using lyophilization, Karl Fischer titration, and HPLC. Experience with biochemical analysis such as spectrophotometric and fluorescence immunoassays, and LC-MS is a plus. Also required, degree in biochem or pharma sciences w. 2+ years experience, extensive exp in various analytical techniques & bioanalytical assays.

Responsibilities: Lead projects on biologic formulation, drug product process development; Executes experiments based on protocols and implement; Develop & maintain documentation,  test methods, study protocols, SOPs, worksheets, forms, and reports; Design and manage data from complex experiments including preliminary statistical analysis; literature searches; Maintain lab & assay operations notebook, equipment, supplies, computer files; Support regulatory efforts.

Bioanalytical Lab Scientist – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for a bioanalytical scientist to join a team working on drug-device combinations projects w/ potential to change patient outcomes. Attractive benefits package with competitive salary is offered and option grants makes this exciting opportunity. Perform literature search, routine data management, tabulate & graph results, support regulatory efforts & manage lab supplies, safety, equipment. 

Responsibilities: Perform bioanalytical assays for the quantification of the analytes in in-vitro, preclinical and clinical samples; Participate in the development of in vitro/in vivo models by performing a variety of microplate assays independently with minimal supervision; Configure, program and troubleshoot laboratory automated platforms; Optimize existing automated processes to improve efficiency, throughput, robustness and quality. Perform literature search, routine data management, tabulate & graph results, support regulatory efforts & manage lab supplies, safety, equipment.

Required: Background in medical device or pharma & exp in preclinical and clinical research is a must. Also required, background in biochemical analysis such as spectrophotometric, fluorescence immuno assays, HPLC, CE, LC-MS. exp w/ microplate assays is must and experience with Luminex MapX technology is a plus. BS + 3 yrs work exp or MS + 1 yr exp and exp in writing reports & SOPs, knowledge of statistical software like Excel, GraphPad, Prism & Softmax Pro and hands-on exp in automation & liquid handling in a bioanalytical lab is required.

Senior scientist role requires 5+ years work experience.

Pre-clinical Research Associate – San Jose, CA

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a world class team on a game changing technology. It requires specific in vivo research experience in animal biology, preferably with large (non-rodent) animal models and experience in one or more therapeutic areas: Gastrointestinal (GI), Central Nervous System (CNS), Cardiovascular (CV) and metabolic diseases.

Senior Scientist/ Dir (commensurate w exp)
S. San Francisco, CA

Senior Scientist/ Director/ VP (commensurate with experience)

An early stage biotechnology startup with patented technology for engineering mammalian cells to vastly increase productivity for therapeutic proteins & disrupt biologics manufacturing, has two exciting openings. (The company has backing from J&J).

Job Functions: The work will involve vector design & preparation, transfection, cell culture, cloning & screening, flow cytometry & other related molecular and cellular biology techniques. Collaboration with co-workers &  pharmaceutical company customers is essential for this position.

Requirements: Candidate is required to have Ph.D. plus multiple years of experience with cell line creation, mammalian cell culture expertise, know regulatory landscape related to creating & testing cells for GMP manufacturing; exp. with molecular biology techniques for creating vectors & transfecting cells: exp with protein assays, with a goal to further develop the technology toward full commercialization. Experience with flow cytometry, cell banking, transposase transfection methods a huge plus.

Manufacturing Engineer – San Jose, CA

There are two immediate opportunities for Manufacturing Engineer in N and S San Jose, CA. Both are in well funded startups by veteran leaders with a world class team of people. One is in a combination medical device and the other is in a cardio-vascular company.

Senior & Junior Mechanical Engineers – San Jose, CA

A bay area company with world class team, has an exciting opening for Senior & Junior Mechanical Engineers to design, develop & validate semi or fully automated equipment used for scale-up of high volume, disposable devices.

Responsibilities: Develop concepts & ideas for improving tooling, create new tooling, evaluate current manufacturing processes & workflows, take ownership of design, create User Requirements Specs, conduct concept reviews, show proof of concept through prototyping, support test data, coordinate with stakeholders for V&V, launch & documentation, created 3D models, engineering drawings & bills of materials, participate in design FMEA, plan to mitigate risks, and work with outside vendors, machine shops, contract manufacturers.
Requirements: BS in ME plus 3 to 13 years of medical device industry experience with complex mechanical/ electromechanical design, extensive experience with precision mechanisms pneumatics, servo systems, tooling/ fixtures, motors, belts/ pulleys, gears, actuators, sensors and experience creating engineering drawings, BOMs, products specs is required. Also required knowledge of material properties, heat treatment & surface finish, understanding of DFM & lean manufacturing, and track record with medical device manufacturing methods, RDA reqgulations, ISO, cGMP & QMS standards is required. MS in ME, experience with plastic injection molding, knowledge of DOE, SPC, JMP/ Minitab, experience with metal stamping, laser cutting, chemical etching, familiarity with sterilization process & aseptic environment and PLC programming would be a big plus.

Mechanical Engineer R&D – San Jose, CA

Senior Mechanical Engineer is responsible for evaluating and improving the current drug delivery system by testing and optimizing components or sub-assemblies as needed. He/she will work with quality & regulatory to develop complete documentation for the device.

Responsibilities: Evaluate current design & identify opportunities for improvement, show proof of concept through prototyping and supporting test data, document internal design control SOPs, lead V&V activities, create 3D models, engineering drawings & bill of materials, create work instructions & manufacturing SOP’s, work with quality, and outside vendors, machine shops, contract manufacturers and comply with company’s policies & guidelines regarding quality & regulatory.

Qualifications: BS in ME + 5 years hands’on experience in medical device design environment, experience with creating engineering drawings, BOMs, product specs, experience with implementing product into manufacturing, knowledge of FDA regulations & ISO, cGMP, QMS standards, understanding of DFM & lean manufacturing, experience with machine shop tools & SolidWorks. Master’s degree in ME or BME and/or experience with plastic injection molding, a huge plus.

Senior Catheter Design Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

There is an immediate opportunity for a Senior Catheter Design Engineer with 15 to 20 years experience in catheter design engineering in a stealth mode company that is less than 2 years away from getting its first two devices 510 K approved and launched. The company is led by a visionary leader and has highly experienced engineering and management team.  This a huge opportunity to participate at grounds level in what is a truly exciting and game changing technology that is poised to change the quality of care of cardiac patients, with a potential to save millions of healthcare dollars, on regular basis. Experience is IVUS engineering a huge plus.

Manufacturing/ Test/ Quality Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company with experienced engineering team, led by a serial entrepreneur, has an immediate opening for  Manufaturing/ Test/ Quality Engineer. This requires 10 plus years experience in the filed of catheter engineering.

Catheter Design Mechanical Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company, led by a serial entrepreneur with prior experience in building a company, has an immediate opening for  Catheter Design Mechanical Engineer. The position requires 5 to 10 years of experience in catheter engineering, a can do, problem solving attitude, excellent conflict resolution skills and an ability to handle uncertainty. 

Program/ Project Manager – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company with world class engineering team, led by a veteran leader with prior experience in building a company, has an opening for  Program Manger with experience of working in catheter engineering industry and a demonstrated history of managing projects all the way from conceptualization, team building, cost estimation, implementation, regulatory 510 (K) approval, and production support to launch. Experience in catheter engineering and leading 510K approval program is absolutely essential.

Supply Chain Management/ Strategy Leader – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode startup with exciting technology with potential to alter the quality of care of cardiac patients is looking for Supply chain management/ strategy leader. This position requires extensive experience across the end to end supply chain spectrum in Class 3 medical device industry. It requires proven track record of significant contributions to cost reduction and productivity improvement and experience in cross-functional leadership.

Senior Technician/ Manufacturing Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company, led by a serial entrepreneur with prior experience in building a company, has an opening for Senior Technician/ Manufacturing Engineer with 4 plus years experience in catheter engineering. 

NGS Research Scientist – Foster City, CA

Job Functions: To work on NGS assays for RNA seq, single cell and immune profiling projects & work collaboratively to develop new assays based on requests from the commercial team. Design & execute on NGS assays including 10X single cell & TCR/BCR repertoire profiling; Perform proof-of-concept experiments to enable development of new NGS applications for epigenetic and immunotherapy solutions; Collaborate w bioinformatics scientists to assist in data interpretation for single cell & TCR projects & generate presentations & reports for commercial projects; Generate data for application notes for marketing & BD needs.

Qualifications: Masters in Genetics, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology or related field; 2+ yrs NGS experience. Also, Hands-on experience in NGS techniques including sample extractions, RNA-seq, 10X, library prep & exp in low-input & single-cell NGS applications & exp in designing, executing, & troubleshooting for molecular & cell biology techniques a plus.

Mechanical Testing & Fixture Design  Engineer – Milpitas, CA

There is an immediate opening for mechanical testing and fixture design engineer. Good understanding of how to design and set up tests is required. Responsibilities include design unique tests, develop fixtures, report failtures, help improve manufacturing processes, support V&V testing, interface with manufacturing to implement new design updates into pilot manufacturing line and analyze data. BS in ME, fluency in SolidWorks, and 3-5 years of medical device industry experience is required.

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