Failure Investigation Engineer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 10/6/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP003036

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).



  • Distill system level knowledge into actionable activities to understand and mitigate risk
  • Analyze complex datasets to identify trends and areas for investigation
  • Perform failure investigations elevated from production or customer field complaints
  • Design and execute experiments as part of investigations
  • Continuously document progress during investigations and prepare final reports
  • Prototype and evaluate potential mitigations and corrective actions
  • Work with cross-functional teams to implement corrective actions
  • Drive systemic investigations and continuous improvement projects to completion
  • Apply rigorous statistics methodology to guide investigations and corrective actions

Job Requirements



Education or Experience (in years): 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biological or engineering related discipline
  • Bachelors degree with 2+ years of related work experience or Masters degree with 0-2 years of related work experience.

Knowledge and skills: 

  • Understanding of molecular biology products or molecular diagnostic product utilizing nucleic acid amplification tests, including system level experience with reagents, consumable, and instrument components
  • Expertise in data analysis, design of experiments, and test automation including scripting, root cause analysis techniques and documentation of results
  • Ability to work independently and cross-functionally to provide effective updates at executive level
  • Ability to successfully lead multiple investigations simultaneously within short deadlines
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Excellent writing and documentation skills
  • Experience with statistical analysis and data management for large volume complex data sets
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment and/or within manufacturing operations under cGMP, ISO and FDA regulations.

Physical requirements/abilities: 

  • Pipetting
  • Sitting or standing at a lab bench
  • Operation of machinery
  • Occasional lifting


  • This role requires the associate is hands-on in the laboratory, including the use of hazardous chemicals and clinical specimens.


  • Experience with microfluidics
  • Experience with automating data retrieval from text files, databases, and spreadsheets.
  • Experience with MiniTab analysis software
  • Experience in clean room or biosafety environment with controlled gowning procedures
  • Experience working in a regulated (ISO-13485) industry
  • Familiarity with real-time multiplex PCR
  • Experience with Agile Product Lifecycle or similar PLM systems
  • Experience working with and running Cepheid products

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, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 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.
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