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Scientist II

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Job Location
200 Oyster Point Blvd
South San Francisco, CA 94080
United States
Job Description

Location/Division Specific Information
Pleasanton, CA | GSD Clinical

How will you make an impact?
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.

What will you do?

  • Execute Research and Development activities through all phases of product development, manufacturing transfer, as well as transfer between manufacturing sites.
  • 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.

How will you get here?


  • BS Degree, 3+ years/MS Degree, 1+ 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.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • 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
About Our Organization

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

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