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Thermo Fisher Scientific R&D Viral Molecular Biologist, Staff Scientist in Pleasanton, California

Job Title: Staff Scientist Molecular Biology

When you're part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you'll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you'll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Location/Division Specific Information

Pleasanton, CA | Genetic Science Division

What will you do?

  • The Genetic Sequencing Division is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Development Scientist to work on a team developing qPCR based microbial detection applications for regulated markets. The candidate will have strong experimental skills, a broad understanding of molecular biology and/or biotechnology, and an understanding of regulated product development (CE-IVD or US IVD). The ability to collaborate effectively as part of a cross functional team including R&D, Software, Product Managers, Manufacturing and external partners is essential.

How will you get here?

  • Execute Research and Development activities through all phases of product development.

  • Perform clinical sample extraction, qPCR assay and experiment optimization, experiments in molecular biology laboratories (including a BSL2 lab), including operation of liquid handling systems, on a regular basis.

  • Optimize product and process using statistical tools (DOE, MSA, etc.)

  • Develop testing protocols, prepare project reports, and present study designs and results in PowerPoint to the project team.

  • Interact cross functionally. Transfer new qPCR product and process to Manufacturing.

  • Support On-Market product and manufacturing troubleshooting with strong 'customer-first' mind set.

  • Follow regulatory compliance in ISO 9001 and 13485.

  • Adapt to fast-paced environment and project priority shift effectively and efficiently.


  • Staff Scientist: MS Degree, 5+ years/ PhD Degree, 2+ years of industry experience;

  • Strong skills in molecular biology (including DNA, RNA and protein handling, PCR, qPCR, quantification methods)

  • Regulatory and Manufacturing Experience in IVD product development, clinical genetic testing, or core laboratory facility preferred.

  • Experience with methods for extraction of DNA and RNA from microbes and viruses (manual and automated sample prep methods). Candidate must have a general understanding of microbiology.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Must be tolerant to change, ready to take on new challenges and open to learning new skills

  • Knowledge of basic data analysis and interpretation (proficient in Microsoft Office)

  • Ability to follow molecular biology protocols and strictly adhere to all steps

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds have a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission-enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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