Reagent Production Analyst in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 11/6/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP004688

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


    Mid level position responsible for supporting the Bulk Buffer, Reagents and Bead production laboratories by following good documentation practices (cGDP) and relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs). Complete assigned tasks and ensure all activities are compliant with the company’s quality, safety and departmental policies and standards. Apply analytical skills or scientific methods or operational processes to perform activities with a moderate degree of supervision.


    • Work safely with hazardous chemicals and follow all safety policies fostering a safe work environment
    • Immediately report all safety concerns including injuries and safety suggestions
    • Recognizes and solves typical problems that can occur in own work area without supervisory approval; evaluates and selects solutions from established operating procedures and/or scientific methods
    • Responsible for: liquid bead formulation, bulk buffer formulation, bead dropping using a beadulator, loading and unloading beads from the lyophilizer, sieving of beads, aliquoting and labeling of dyes and grease
    • Performs pH, Moisture, Conductivity and Density testing
    • Perform accurate real time documentation to ensure right first time (RFT) operations
    • Perform verification and review of peer activities
    • Train others on lab responsibilities
    • Monitor equipment and inform leads or management of any issues
    • Maintain laboratory housekeeping including reagent and equipment inventory levels
    • Recognize issues and defects and complete necessary documentation and escalate accordingly
    • Recommend and implement improvement ideas in the lab that will positively affect production efficiency, Quality and Safety
    • Assist other department in qualification of new methods and instruments
    • Trouble shoot equipment and assay failures
    • Suggest and assist in SOP revisions


    • Complete all assigned and required training satisfactorily and on time

Job Requirements



    Education and Experience: 

    • High School degree (or equivalent experience) with 2-4 years of related work experience OR
    • AA or Technical Trade Degree with 1-2 years of work experience

    Knowledge and skills: 

    • Must be able to follow cGMP and cGLPs, FDA and ISO standards
    • Must be able to follow direction, able to understand SOPs and demonstrate understanding through speech and/or written form
    • Proficiency in computer systems such as Word, Excel, SAP and e-mail
    • Has good understanding of how the team integrates with others
    • Applies experience and skills to complete assigned work within area of expertise

    Physical requirements/abilities: 

    • Must be able to lift 25 Lb Must be able to stand for several hours. Work may involve repetitive arm/wrist motions
    • Ability to transport heavy materials up to 400 Lb with the appropriate machine or equipment assist
    • Ability to work in a controlled environment


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences
    • Experience working in a GMP/ISO manufacturing environment
    • Experience using analytical scales, Pipettes and working with hazardous chemicals

    Flexibility with the work schedule including modified shift times, overtime and weekends

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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