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Danaher Corporation Sr. Project Engineer 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 Sr. Project Engineer is responsible for leading the execution of projects to implement design or process changes to improve key business metrics such as quality, cost, or supply continuity. This is a multifaceted technical role at the intersection of science / engineering and business. Versatility, creativity, initiative, critical thinking, and leadership abilities are essential to this role. Projects will vary; you may work with reagents or consumables used in our diagnostic system by qualifying new or alternate materials; or develop, validate, and implement new manufacturing processes as the leader of a cross functional team.

As an experienced member of our team, the Sr. Project Engineer is expected to represent Project Engineering well within Cepheid as a skilled practitioner of our work processes, both from a technical and character standpoint.

This role affords the opportunity to achieve and be credited for quantifiable financial results and improvement of other key business metrics through execution and leadership of technical projects. For work location, the role is designated permanently as “hybrid,” meaning that there will be a high level of flexibility in when and where the Sr. Project Engineer works, but that the nature of the role will sometimes necessitate coming onsite.


  • Evaluate reagents and consumables and their manufacturing processes in the context of functional applications in Cepheid assays, to investigate project opportunities (Be a champion for change by advocating for design or process improvements)

  • Assess feasibility from the standpoint of technical, operational, and financial considerations, in collaboration with subject matter experts

  • Develop project strategies, plans and timelines in collaboration with cross-functional team

  • Work with finance to assess project value and ROI

  • Coordinate and lead risk assessments, e.g. FMEA analyses

Note: ​ This position may require some travel under normal circumstances (not applicable during COVID / remote work scenario)


Education and Experience (in years):

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering discipline such as chemical or biomedical engineering with 5+ years of related work experience OR

  • Master’s degree with 3+ years of related work experience.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Experience participating in technical projects with cross-functional teams

  • Practical understanding of statistical techniques for data analysis and process control

  • Basic understanding of manufacturing processes and controls related to area of expertise


  • Experience working in an FDA-regulated environment

  • Graduate level degree

  • Familiarity with PCR assays

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.

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 80,000 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 applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

Operating Company: Cepheid