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Danaher Corporation Scientist/Sr. Scientist, Assay Development 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.

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POSITION SUMMARY:

Cepheid is seeking a Scientist/Sr. Scientist to fill a critical role in developing a new core technology for the detection of DNA and RNA targets. The candidate should have extensive experience designing molecular assays. An emphasis will be placed on new amplification chemistries, requiring mechanistic studies, allowing the enablement of a novel approach to isothermal and/or PCR amplification schemes. Innovations may cover all aspects of assay chemistry performance, and of particular significance is the enhancement in a reduction in time-to-result, increased performance for limit of detection, and multiplexing. This position will join Cepheid’s growing centers of excellence for assay development and molecular chemistries. The individual will collaborate closely with R&D scientists at both Sunnyvale, CA, and the Bothell, WA locations as well as Cepheid’s Solna, Sweden, site. Scientists at the Bothell site are a dynamic group of research scientists pushing forward the vanguard of sample preparation chemistries, modified oligonucleotides, and enzymology—a potent mix of all the critical components for developing new assay chemistries. Scientists in Sunnyvale are at the forefront of a diverse array of innovative technologies, and new product developments. This position will leverage the strengths of scientists at all sites, while still collaborating with consumables and systems engineers.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify critical mechanistic amplification steps and design associated analytical strategies for testing.

  • Troubleshoot amplification pathways, analytical testing systems, and redesign as needed to assess and optimize the new core technology.

  • Support functional characterization of new enzymes and enzyme modifications to improve assay performance for detection of DNA and RNA analytes.

  • Invent new approaches to ultra-rapid sample preparation without compromising assay performance.

  • Design and optimize assay conditions to achieve commercial levels of stability, robustness, and performance.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education and Experience:

  • Doctoral degree in field with 3+ years of related work experience OR

  • Master’s degree in field with 6+ years of related work experience OR

  • Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years of related work experience OR

  • Post-doctoral and/or relevant industry experience

Knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrated experience designing analytical approaches to study amplification or chemical incorporation mechanisms.

  • Must have a strong background designing, developing, and optimizing nucleic acid amplification strategies for isothermal amplification and/or PCR/RT-PCR, from initial screening through validation on clinical samples.

  • Broad experience developing assays using isothermal amplification technologies (SDA, HDA/RPA, TMA, etc.) is a highly desired skill set.

  • Experience with enzymatic activities covering many aspects of molecular biology including, but not limited to polymerases, nucleases and other nucleic acid modifying enzymes.

  • Working knowledge of strategies to neutralize reaction inhibitors in biological samples.

Physical requirements/abilities:

  • Must be able to perform routine laboratory tasks. Work may involve repetitive arm/wrist motions.

Other:

  • When it is safe to travel, some travel (20% or less) is expected between our Sunnyvale, CA, Bothell, WA, and Solna, Sweden, locations as well as external collaborators as needed.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

  • In alignment with the high complex nature of the work, an in-depth background in designing and studying amplification chemistries from a mechanistic aspect is critical.

  • Hands-on experience in optimization of formulations that impart stability and robustness of new technologies targeted for fast nucleic acid amplification (isothermal, PCR/RT-PCR) reagents.

  • Highly competent with designing nucleic amplification detection approaches (isothermal and thermal) in order to achieve a high level of multiplexing with ultra-fast detection.

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.

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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