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Danaher Corporation Associate Scientist in Sunnyvale, California


This position is part of a New Product Development (NPD) team in the Biotechnology R&D department. The Associate Scientist position is primarily a bench level job focusing on technical studies required for assay development in an FDA-QSR and ISO9001 compliant organization.

The ideal candidate will have experience in general molecular biology methods such as nucleic acid extraction and real-time PCR.

This position requirements include experience with experimental design and good laboratory practices (GLP), scientific creativity and collaboration with cross-functional departments. In addition to technical qualifications, the ideal candidate will be highly organized and be able to thrive in an atmosphere of shifting demands and priorities. The candidate should possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

The preferred candidate will have experience with Design Control and Product Development Processes.


  • Understanding of sample preparation microfluidics on the GeneXpert platform.

  • Understanding of real time PCR and RT-PCR applications on the GeneXpert platform.

  • Perform analytical studies to verify GeneXpert assay performance based on the ability to meet design input requirements.

  • Handle clinical samples and perform microbiology work of BSL-1 and BSL-2 organisms.

  • Analyze data using statistical tools such as Microsoft Excel or MiniTab.

  • Maintain detailed experimental records.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply analytical problem-solving skills to reagent and system integration issues to identify critical performance factors.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply analytical problem-solving skills to processes to identify critical performance factors.

  • Participate and present data at internal technical meetings and prepare weekly progress reports, act as a resource for junior scientific colleagues.

  • Manage time efficiently while promoting and sustaining a safe work environment.

  • Highly organized with the ability to adapt and thrive in an atmosphere of shifting demands and priorities.


Education or Experience (in years):

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

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


  • Experience with real-time PCR or RT-PCR.

  • Experience performing nucleic acid extraction/purification.

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

  • Knowledge of biological and chemical safety.

  • Ability to work in a clean room environment.

  • Excellent documentation and communications skills.

  • Proficiency with standard Microsoft computer programs.

  • Experience with design of experiments (DOE) methods desirable.

  • Ability to ask questions and check for clarity and understanding. Solves straightforward problems.

  • Knowledge of principles of quality control and quality assurance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Medical device and/or in vitro Diagnostic product launch experience is highly preferred.

  • Experience working with microorganisms involved in infectious diseases.

  • Familiarity with product development/design control.

Physical requirements/abilities:

  • Ability to work in a research laboratory environment which includes periods of bench-work and working in a bio-safety cabinet

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