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Job Title:  Lead Scientist

Req ID:  33167
Job Category:  Research & Development/Scientific

Mentor, OH, US, OH


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.                                                        

To achieve our mission, we believe in investing in our people and strive to build and retain the strongest workforce in our industry.  We encourage our team members to learn, grow, and develop personally and professionally.  Begin your next journey at STERIS by exploring this and other career opportunities. 


Position Summary

The Lead Scientist, Scientific will provide technical leadership, development, and expertise in chemical systems at the level of a subject matter expert. The individual work in parallel with a team of scientific professionals to develop and deliver a technical roadmap that will directly contribute to the continued success of STERIS Endoscopy and VHP product lines.


  • Lead development and validation of disinfection and sterilization processes in the areas of vaporized hydrogen peroxide and liquid chemical reprocessing systems.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams in Engineering, Regulatory, Quality, Manufacturing and Sourcing to launch new products.
  • Provide support for currently manufactured products to deliver on business revenue and growth objectives including product enhancements, material substitutions, second sourcing and regulatory filings.
  • Explore and assess new and novel technologies.
  • Responsible for defining and the management, design, development, and delivery of target goals of multiple projects.
  • Initiate and champion R&D projects.
  • Understand and apply fundamentals of Sterilizer system operation and sterilization processes to improve performance
  • Provide leadership, mentoring and coaching for project teams and project team leaders. 
  • Cultivate a culture of innovation, accountability and continuous improvement.
  • Participate on and/or lead cross functional project teams and maintain good working relationships within STERIS Corporation.
  • Identify and implement means of improving quality and/or quality of results within Research and Development and Manufacturing.

Duties - cont'd

  • Define technical direction for future product development efforts.
  • Sought after for technical expertise and developmental experience.
  • Comply with established procedures and with regulatory and laboratory requirements.
  • Maintain Research Notebook by recording detailed information on activities undertaken, existing conditions and observed results.
  • Perform mathematical analysis and interpretation of data.  Formulate hypothesis and designs experiments to test hypothesis.
  • Recognize, communicate, and provide interpretation of unexpected results.
  • Provide current product support to marketing and sales teams.  Provide technical expertise in assisting with customer issues or visiting customer site.  Review sales and marketing documents for technical accuracy.
  • Provide current product support to Operations teams.  Provide technical expertise in assisting with technical issues.  Review design and master record documents for technical accuracy.

Education Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

  • Requires 12+ years of product development experience.
  • Demonstrated experience leading successfully in a team environment.
  • Practical working knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).
  • Experience with medical devices and/or working in a highly regulated industry which require formalized plans and risk management.
  • Demonstrated ability to train/coach/supervise other scientists.
  • Travel up to 10% (including international).

Preferred Experience


  • Possess basic laboratory skills related to job field.
  • Skilled in the use of basic chemistry laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to read and follow protocols/work instructions/methods.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Practical knowledge/experience working under regulatory agency guidelines. 
  • Experience performing independent research.
  • Capable of solving complex technical problems through accurate interpretation of requirements and understanding interactions between experimental variables is required.


STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.




Req ID:  33167
Job Category:  Research & Development/Scientific

Mentor, OH, US, OH

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