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Lead Calibration Technician in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 1/18/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP002324

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).


The Calibration Department needs a highly motivated Lead Calibration Technician able to perform routine and complex tasks relating to the calibration and repair of test and measurement equipment. This position will lead and mentor calibration team members adhering to established documentation ensuring calibration requirements are compliant to Cepheid Quality Policy and regulatory agencies.


  • Perform multi-discipline internal calibrations and simple measurement systems, coordinate external calibrations, and maintain the calibration schedule with all calibration documents
  • Provide technical support to the calibration laboratory as a subject matter expert in calibration methodology, techniques and measurement uncertainty
  • Troubleshoot and conduct failure analysis of automated and laboratory equipment by performing operational test and fault isolation
  • Lead and monitor quality of the calibration service in accordance with established SOPs and regulations
  • Handle basic, non-complex, and complex products and/or problems, escalating problems to Calibration Program Manager.
  • Work with multiple departments, including the manufacturing floor and various types of Labs
  • Test, Repair and Calibrate GX, Smart Cyclers, and Thermal Calibrators, Cepheid product knowledge preferred
  • Creates purchase orders for necessary products and services

Job Requirements


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Minimum High School Diploma, Associate’s or technical school degree preferred OR a combination of education and experience
  • Formal training in Metrology, such as the PMEL, TMDE, or ASQ CCT highly desirable
  • Minimum of 5 years hands on experience working as a calibration technician and/or  2 years of calibration team leadership experience
  • Strong verbal and written communications with the ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability for effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization
  • Knowledge of Quality Systems, FDA regulations, ISO 13485, ISO 17025 and applicable worldwide regulatory requirements preferred
  • Solid understanding of AC and DC electrical wiring (i.e., current/voltage ratings, circuit breakers, and safety precautions)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, and Internet applications with an emphasis on Excel & Word required
  • BMRAM Database knowledge preferred
  • Hands on experience troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining laboratory and facilities equipment required.
  • Knowledge of AC/DC, temperature and pressure calibration required
  • Very organized, reliable, dependable and customer service oriented
  • Flexibility to work overtime and weekends, as required
  • Ability to lift up to 50 LBS

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.