Director, Research and Development

Join our mission of ensuring the safety of the air we breathe.     

SafeTraces is a rapidly growing San Francisco Bay Area company with ground-breaking indoor air safety verification technology that has a wide range of applications across the built environment. Through novel particle chemistry, molecular biology and DNA tagging technology, our solutions deliver independent, science-based performance data for real world environments that ultimately saves lives, money, and energy. 

About the position

SafeTraces is looking for a Director of R&D who will play a pivotal role in the future of our company. The Director of R&D is responsible for directing and managing the R&D functions and for the scientific coherence across different projects and solutions, integrating multiple disciplines and processes into a scalable, world-changing solution for our customers. She/he also focuses on building and maintaining external relationships with the scientific community and leads research grant work for the company. The candidate is responsible for leading and building a high-performing team of scientists, coordinating closely with other functions across the organization, and being a valuable team member. This position requires adaptability and flexibility in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

​What you’ll be doing

  • Lead, manage, and mentor a growing team of scientists
  • Lead, develop, and communicate an integrated R&D roadmap to all stakeholders
  • Lead, plan, develop, and manage R&D and laboratory deliverables
  • Drive innovative ideas and solutions through leadership and action
  • Be part of our culture of being collaborative, respectful, transparent, ethical, efficient, high-achieving, and fun!  

What we’re looking for

  • 5+ years of relevant experience with managing teams of scientists
  • M.S. or PhD. in molecular biology, biochemistry, environmental sciences, or related discipline
  • Experience with PCR technology, data analytics, and intersection between the two
  • Proven track record of successfully developing and scaling new solutions in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience building and leading high-performing R&D teams
  • A highly analytical approach combined with superior problem-solving skills and the ability to lead and communicate cross-functionally
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills