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Danaher Corporation Scientist I in Sunnyvale, California


This position is in the Biotechnology Infectious Disease group and is primarily a bench level job focusing on real time PCR and RT-PCR assay and product development in an FDA-QSR and ISO9001 compliant organization. The ideal candidate will have experience in general molecular biology methods. In addition to technical qualifications, the ideal candidate will be highly goal-oriented and 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 ability to work in a cross-functional team-based environment is a requirement.


  • Optimize sample preparation, real time PCR and RT-PCR assays for the GeneXpert platform based on design input requirements

  • Help develop strategies for development of complex in vitro diagnostic tests

  • Maintain detailed experimental records and lab notebook

  • Help develop and write verification and validation SOPs and technical reports

  • Apply analytical problem solving skills to reagent and system integration issues to identify critical performance factors

  • Present data at technical meetings

  • Allocate time and resources efficiently, effectively prioritize, and continually seek ways to meet individual, team, and corporate goals.


    Education or Experience (in years):

  • BS with 5+ years of experience or MS with 3+ years of experience at a molecular diagnostics company, public health laboratory or similar institution.

    Knowledge and skills:

  • Experience working with microorganisms involved in infectious diseases. Experience with bacterial and yeast culture will be a plus.

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

  • Ability to independently design, set up, and perform experiments

  • Experience in developing new assays and/or test methods/procedures to build and deliver products with aggressive timelines

  • Excellent analytical abilities and thorough understanding of statistical methods used in development of molecular methods

  • Strong problem-solving/troubleshooting skills that can translate to direct guidance of team members through complex issues

  • Must possess skills/knowledge in handling clinical specimens and be able to work in a BSL-2 environment.

  • Ability to work in a clean room environment

  • Excellent documentation, communication, and organizational skills

  • Proficiency with standard Microsoft computer programs

  • Experience with design of experiments methods desirable

    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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