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R&D Viral Molecular Biologist, Staff Scientist - 133215BR

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Job Location
2130 and 2150, Woodward St
Austin, TX 78701
United States




401k w/ 6% matching

Job Description

The Genetic Sequencing Division is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Development Scientist to work on a team developing qPCR based microbial detection applications for regulated markets. The candidate will have strong experimental skills, a broad understanding of molecular biology and/or biotechnology, and an understanding of regulated product development (CE-IVD or US IVD). The ability to collaborate effectively as part of a cross functional team including R&D, Software, Product Managers, Manufacturing and external partners is essential.


  • Job Description Details:
    • Execute Research and Development activities through all phases of product development.
    • Perform clinical sample extraction, qPCR assay and experiment optimization, experiments in molecular biology laboratories (including a BSL2 lab), including operation of liquid handling systems, on a regular basis.
    • Optimize product and process using statistical tools (DOE, MSA, etc.)
    • Develop testing protocols, prepare project reports, and present study designs and results in PowerPoint to the project team.
    • Interact cross functionally. Transfer new qPCR product and process to Manufacturing.
    • Support On-Market product and manufacturing troubleshooting with strong “customer-first” mind set.
    • Follow regulatory compliance in ISO 9001 and 13485.
    • Adapt to fast-paced environment and project priority shift effectively and efficiently.


  • Staff Scientist: MS Degree, 5+ years/ PhD Degree, 2+ years of industry experience;
  • Strong skills in molecular biology (including DNA, RNA and protein handling, PCR, qPCR, quantification methods)
  • Regulatory and Manufacturing Experience in IVD product development, clinical genetic testing, or core laboratory facility preferred.
  • Experience with methods for extraction of DNA and RNA from microbes and viruses (manual and automated sample prep methods). Candidate must have a general understanding of microbiology.
  • Must be tolerant to change, ready to take on new challenges and open to learning new skills
  • Knowledge of basic data analysis and interpretation (proficient in Microsoft Office)
  • Ability to follow molecular biology protocols and strictly adhere to all steps
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