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Danaher Corporation Associate Scientist - FIT in Sunnyvale, California

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving health care through fast, accurate diagnostic testing. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, as we develop scalable, groundbreaking solutions to solve the world’s most complex health challenges. Our associates are involved in every stage of molecular diagnostics, from ideation to development and delivery of testing advancements that improve patient outcomes across a range of settings. As a member of our team, you can make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development.

Cepheid is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Danaher Diagnostics companies. Together, we’re working at the pace of change on diagnostic tools that address the world’s biggest health challenges, driven by knowing that behind every test there is a patient waiting.

Learn about the Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) which makes everything possible.

The Associate Scientist - FIT is responsible for planning, executing, and discussing experiments that drive product development and sustainment. As an Associate Scientist, the employee has opportunities to learn Cepheid integrated platforms and technology with the goal of developing infectious disease tests to meet existing and emerging customer needs. Being a member of the Fast Impact Team (FIT), this role will execute activities that are in support of new product development (NPD) and business continuity strategies to ensure product availability and quality as demand increases in the market. Essentially, the FIT is an agile group of SMEs that can drop into a product family and develop, troubleshoot, or support post-launch investigations.

This position is part of the Biotechnology R&D, Infectious Disease department and is located in Sunnyvale, CA. Our goal as a department, and as an overall organization is to understand the needs of our customers and to respond with accessible molecular diagnostic test systems as tools to improve the health and integrity of all communities. Our department is responsible for the active design of these systems with guidance from our leadership and multidisciplinary (i.e. interdepartmental) project core teams.

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Supporting new product development.

  • Timely support for NPD study completion (e.g. assisting in efforts to finish design input requirement (DIR) testing for on-time delivery).

  • Prioritizing urgent – high priority requests for support in order to provide an actionable path forward to address innovative improvements.

  • Supporting design changes to existing product families

  • Planning and executing experiments (e.g. LoD, inclusivity/exclusivity/interfering substances) to evaluate impact of design changes

  • Troubleshooting experimental outcomes and their relationship to the design change

  • Supporting end of life (EOL) or secondary vendor sourcing.

  • Develop test methods for qualification of new materials for use in new and existing product families, including transfer of verified test method to other groups for sustained support.

  • Creating contingency plans to de-risk dependence on single sources for product materials.

The essential requirements of the job include:

  • Education and related work experience in Biological Science field (e.g. Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Chemistry or Biology)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science field with 2+ years of related work experience OR

  • Master’s degree in Biological Science field with 0-2 years related work experience

  • Experience working with microorganisms involved in infectious diseases.

  • Experienced in interpreting and analyzing large scale experimental data as well as results from clinical trials.

  • Real time PCR or RT-PCR and product development experience.

  • Experience in handling clinical specimens and be able to work in a BSL-2 environment.

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

  • Demonstrated individual and team accountability within an NPD team that has successfully launched an FDA cleared molecular diagnostic test.

  • Experience with enzyme production and evaluation

  • Experience with design of experiments (DOE) methods.

  • Developing data analysis tools that are integrated with a compliable database.

  • Experienced use in bioinformatic tools to assist in DOE, and clinical study design. Programs that we may use are:

  • Python

  • R

  • Minitab

  • JMP

  • MATLAB

Cepheid, a Danaher company, offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to our lives. Whether it’s a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at danaherbenefitsinfo.com.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we’ll empower you to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out. This would benefit the candidate selection process and understanding of the role by adding more clarity on the FIT role.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 202.419.7762 or applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation.If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

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