Post-Doctoral Scientist, Oncology

Cepheid - US
Job Location
Sunnyvale, CA
Job Description

A post-doctoral scientist will assist in the design and development of novel assays for identifying and characterizing cancer. A successful candidate will have excellent scientific proficiency in oncology and preferably in the area of molecular cancer diagnostics with emphasis on circulating tumor DNA, DNA methylation and/or circulating tumor cells.


The position allows the post-doctoral scientist to work in an exciting and important area of translational medicine. Cepheid’s rapid, point-of-care molecular diagnostic tests have already revolutionized infectious disease testing, particularly in low-resource, developing countries. We hope to be able to do the same for the detection and treatment of cancer.


This is a regular full-time position to work on a project with an estimated duration of 24 months.



* This will be primarily a hands-on, bench level position with key responsibilities in the area of real-time PCR assays * Prepare and purify DNA and RNA for analysis as appropriate * Evaluate and develop new procedures/methods * Perform GeneXpert assays as required * Prepare weekly progress reports * May contribute to scientific literature and conferences * Maintain quality control notebooks and records * Maintain and promote a safe working environment and insures that all reagents and supplies meet quality control standards


* A recent PhD graduate in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Chemistry or Biology; other life science majors as appropriate * Experience in setting up and performing PCR assays * Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills * Knowledge of DNA and RNA purification techniques * Knowledge of principles of quality control and quality assurance * Knowledge of biological and chemical safety * Flexibility is important in adjusting to changes in work volume and focus * Minimal travel may be required

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