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Associate Scientist, Product Transfer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 1/8/2019

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Job ID: CEP002388

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).



Plays a key role in Product Transfer - Sustain and Support by combining a deep expertise in molecular biology/real-time PCR and a technical understanding of Cepheid systems to solve complex manufacturability and design issues. Identifies and implements streamlined and improved product and process changes. May lead activities of cross-functional teams to maintain routine production of Cepheid assays and drive product improvements to sustain manufacturability, improve margins and ensure product quality.


  • Identifies and leads the development and implementation of strategic improvements required for improving manufacturability of reagents and assays under moderate guidance.
  • Identifies and manages the validation and implementation of process and raw material improvements to achieve scale-up, cost effectiveness and improved product quality. 
  • Plans, validates and implements improved manufacturing techniques and new process equipment in production as appropriate.
  • Occasionally performs testing of biological/chemical assays to support ongoing Product Transfer activities and goals. Analyzes data and participates in root cause analysis and design of solutions.
  • Provides technical leadership for activities in other departments with regard to production excellence, including Incoming Inspection, Reference Material, Reagent Formulation, and Product Testing.
  • Acts as liaison with Design and Development, Failure Investigation and New Product Introduction to ensure processes and designs are compatible and projects are aligned.
  • Effectively collaborates and manages the progress of cross-functional projects with an efficient use of resources and timelines, and provides executive level updates on a regular basis, under moderate guidance.

Job Requirements



  • MS degree in a Life Science or Engineering Discipline, or
  • BS with 2 years in-depth technical leadership in cross-functional projects in a regulated industry
  • In-depth knowledge of Molecular Biology techniques and Assay Development
  • Excellent organization
  • Excellent communication skills, including written reports and oral presentation


  • Experience with Real-Time PCR and Molecular Diagnostic Assays
  • Experience in transfer of products from Design to Production, cross-functional experience with Operations departments
  • Practical understanding and use of statistical techniques for data analysis


  • Ability to work in lab and office environments

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.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
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