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Rapid Micro Biosystems Director, Microbiology in Lowell, Massachusetts

Winning the race to bring new healthcare products safely to a waiting world drives Rapid Micro Biosystems (RMB) to combine today’s innovative technologies as never before. Your career at RMB puts you at the center of diverse global teams that span robotics, AI, Machine Learning, imaging, microbiology, and more, re-shaping how urgently needed pharmaceuticals are made, tested, and released for decades to come. The sky’s the limit.

Careers at RMB are fast-moving, with the high growth you’d expect from a world leader in microbiology automation. Advancement at RMB affords an opportunity to achieve your personal goals and develop your passions, in an inclusive environment where every employee has the resources and opportunities to hone their skills. You’ll do more, learn more, and have the ability to make a profound impact on our business.

RMB is looking for a highly skilled and experienced microbiologist to head up the R&D microbiology group, with 10+ years of professional experience managing complex R&D projects, and 5+ years managing direct reports within this profession.

You will be Rapid Micro’s authority on all matters related to microbiology and media development and the go-to person for all issues that arise that befuddle others. Your technical abilities are unsurpassed, but you have the soft skills to manage people and inspire them to outperform their own expectations.

Ownership and accountability are woven into your fabric, and you have a track record of inspiring your teams to deliver results on time within challenging timelines and budgets. You find complex problems intriguing instead of intimidating. You’re collaborative by nature, but can make hard sometimes unpopular decisions and implement them effectively. The thrill of releasing and launching new high-quality cutting-edge products into the market inspires you. Your energy and inspiration influence your team and propagates a can-do attitude.

In short, if you’re passionate about microbiology and demystifying complex problems, love inspiring other microbiologists, and enjoy working in cross-functional teams with talented engineers and scientists, this opportunity is for you. This highly visible position reports directly to the VP of R&D/Product Development.


  • Manage a group of microbiologists (all levels) and cultivate good working practices throughout

  • Oversee and ensure project deliverables related to microbiology are met on time and within budget

  • Identifies project risks related to media and microbiology and develop risk mitigation plans

  • Oversee design-of-experiments to ensure statistically significant data is generated

  • Participate in strategic planning and product road mapping to ensure we have a steady pipeline of market-leading media products

  • Conduct routine group meetings; capture and follow up on meeting action items

  • Responsible for the R&D micro lab (BSL-2), budgeting, equipment calibration, and maintenance, identifying new instrumentation needed, refining or creating new SOPs for the group and lab

  • Generate project expense and capital budget estimates, then manage to budget and timeline

  • Oversee the development of new media formulations for consumables

  • Work with Quality Assurance microbiologists to solve challenging quality problems

  • Collaborate with the Applications group on White Papers, posters, and publications

  • Create and maintain dashboards for communicating to the Leadership Team


  • Ph.D. in Microbiology

  • Minimum 10 years of industrial microbiology experience, preferably in a GMP/GLP environment

  • Minimum 5 years managing microbiologists

  • Experience with growth media and formulation, including familiarity with associated scale-up, production, and manufacturing validation

  • Familiarity with the stage-gate commercialization process

  • Excellent design-of-experiment and laboratory skills and proficient in statistical analysis

  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary project team

  • Solid statistical methods/biostatistics experience

  • Structured problem-solving skills, such as A3

  • Experience with structured requirements tracking and PLM tools – Jama, Jira, and Agile desired

  • Ability to work well cross-functionally

  • Must have microbiological experience with testing practices used in the F&B/Biotech\Pharmaceutical environment

  • Experience designing and executing experiments within GLP/GMP

  • Growth media development, formulation, and production validation experience

  • Action-oriented self-starter

  • Familiar with manufacturing processes and QC procedures

  • Comfortable performance hands-on tasks in the laboratory as needed

  • Excellent troubleshooting skills

  • Project management skills, MS Project experience is a plus

  • Proactive, not reactive

  • High personal accountability and inspires the team to deliver results on challenging timelines

  • Some travel required <10%

  • Current on industry standards and professional association membership – preferably PDA, ASMB

  • Ability to work nights and weekends on occasion to meet critical deadlines

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, but comfortable working in regulated environments

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Comfortable presenting to large and small audiences


    Rapid Micro Biosystems creates, sells, validates, and services innovative products for fast, accurate, and efficient detection of microbial contamination in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, biologics, biotechnology products, medical devices, and personal care products.

    The company’s Growth Direct™—the first and only growth-based system to automate rapid compendial QC Micro testing—ensures data integrity, compliance, and operational efficiencies driven by rapid methods and automation.

    Rapid Micro Biosystems is dedicated to providing groundbreaking technology and products to support companies in their journey to achieve greater reliability, efficiency, and better predictability, ultimately providing higher quality products for improved patient outcomes.

    Rapid Micro Biosystems is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, with operations in Lowell and Freising, Germany.

    Equal Opportunity:

    Rapid Micro Biosystems is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. Applicants for employment and employees are reviewed on their individual qualifications for a position. Under no circumstances will Rapid Micro Biosystems discriminate against qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

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