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Scientist, Oncology R&D in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 3/8/2019

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Job ID: CEP002709

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).


Scientist, Oncology R&D
Position Summary
This position is in the Oncology R&D group is primarily a bench level job focusing on real time PCR assay and product development in an FDA-QSR and ISO13485 compliant organization. The ideal candidate will have experience in general molecular biology methods such as nucleic acid extraction and real-time PCR (including probe design). This candidate will assist in the development of novel assays for diagnosis and monitoring leukemia. This candidate will be involved in all aspects of assay development including design of nucleic acid isolation methods from different sample types, design of highly multiplexed, real-time PCR and RT-PCR assays, creating and validating test methods, system integration, capable of hands-on work at the bench as well as guiding others to meeting timelines successfully. In addition to technical qualifications, the ideal candidate will be highly goal-oriented, inquisitive, organized, and be able to thrive in an atmosphere of shifting demands and priorities. The candidate should possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to solve complex problems and work in a cross-functional team-based environment is a requirement.
Essential Responsibilities
• Designs and executes test plans based on design input requirements that are well documented in reports with little to no guidance or direction.
• Performs analytical verification studies to demonstrate GeneXpert assay performance based on design input requirements.
• Establishes product specifications for manufacturing and product claims.
• 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, Minitab or JMP.
• Presents data at internal technical meetings.

Job Requirements


• PhD 0-2 years of experience(or MS/BS with equivalent experience) in relevant field - e.g. Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Biology, Genetics or related field.
• 0-5 years for PhD, 5-10 years for MS/BS assay (product) development experience, preferably in medical devices of IVD diagnostics.
• Experience with real time PCR or RT-PCR optimization is a plus.
• Designs real-time PCR primers and probes.
• In depth knowledge of cancer biology. Experience performing nucleic acid extraction/purification.
• Ability to ask questions and check for clarity and understanding. Solves complex problems.
• Knowledge in handling clinical samples and ability to work in a BSL-2 environment. Knowledge of biological and chemical safety.
• Experience with product development/design control (Technical Feasibility and Design & Development phases, phase gate exits).
• Effective written and oral communication skills, presenting data within the technical team and department.
• Proficiency with standard Microsoft computer programs.
• Proficiency with statistical analysis tools such as Minitab or JMP

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.