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Danaher Corporation Scientist I/II in Sunnyvale, California

Job Title: Scientist I/II

Job Location: Cepheid-Sunnyvale

GCRF Job Level: P3

GCRF Job Family: Developmental Science


This position is in the Biotechnology 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 candidate will plan and execute laboratory research, demonstrate appropriate technical proficiency, scientific creativity and collaboration with cross-functional departments. 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 and with outside collaborators is a requirement.


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

  • Hands-on evaluation, testing and development of new sample preparation procedures and assay prototypes.

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

  • Perform analytical studies required for design verification of complex assays prior to validation phase.

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

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

  • Experimental design, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results, maintaining detailed experimental records.

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

  • Participate in the group meetings and prepare weekly progress reports, act as a resource for junior scientific colleagues.

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

  • Drives results, has the ability to work with minimal direction.


Education and Experience (in years):

  • Bachelor’s degree in field with 5+ years of related work experience OR

  • Master’s degree in field with 3+ years of related work experience OR

  • Doctoral degree in field with 0-2 years of related work experience.

Knowledge and skills:

  • 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.

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

  • Ability to create and validate test methods

  • Ability to set test method specifications.

  • Ability to work in a clean room environment.

  • Excellent documentation and communications skills.

  • Proficiency with standard Microsoft computer programs.

  • Proficiency with statistical analysis tools such as Minitab or JMP.

  • Experience in oligo design will be a plus.

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

Physical requirements/abilities:

  • Ability to work in a research laboratory environment which includes working in a bio-safety cabinet.

  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

  • Must be able to stand for several hours.

  • Work may involve repetitive arm/wrist motions.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

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Operating Company: Cepheid