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Associate Scientist in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 3/15/2019

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Job ID: CEP002734

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).


Job Description:

The Associate Scientist position is in the Oncology R&D group and is primarily a bench level job focusing on design and development of molecular based assays for Oncology. The ideal candidate will help to develop and optimize real time PCR and RT-PCR assays for cancer diagnostics particularly hematologic and circulating tumor DNA mutations. The candidate will plan and execute laboratory research, demonstrate appropriate technical proficiency and scientific creativity. The candidate will be expected to interface with various internal departments as well as external agencies and collaborators.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, test and develop new procedures.
  • Performs real-time PCR optimization experiments using DOE (Design of Experiments)
  • Performs analytical verification studies to demonstrate GeneXpert assay performance based on design input requirements.
  • Follows product development lifecycle process and design control
  • Maintains detailed experimental records and documents results in a technical report in a laboratory notebook.
  • Analyzes data using statistical tools such as Microsoft Excel or Minitab.
  • Present data at technical meetings.

Job Requirements


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with 2+ years of related work experience or Master's degree in field with 0-2 years of related work experience preferably at a molecular diagnostics company. Experience in Oncology preferred.
  • Real time PCR or RT-PCR and product development experience.
  • DNA and RNA purification experience.
  • Possess skills/knowledge in handling clinical samples and be able to work in a BSL-2 environment.
  • Help write verification SOPs and technical reports.
  • Excellent documentation and communications skills.
  • Proficiency with standard Microsoft computer programs.
  • Be highly goal-oriented and organized and be able to thrive in an atmosphere of shifting demands and priorities.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team-based environment and with outside collaborators is a requirement.
  • Self-driven and flexible who can allocate time and resources efficiently, effectively prioritize, and continually seek ways to improve individual and corporate efficiency.

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.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.