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Scientist I
at Danaher
Sunnyvale, CA

Scientist I
at Danaher
Sunnyvale, CA

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DescriptionPOSITION SUMMARY:
This position is in the Biotechnology group and is primarily a bench level job focusing on real time PCR and RT-PCR assay and product development in an FDA-QSR and ISO9001 compliant organization. The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge and experience in general molecular biology methods, and will have a proven track-record of helping launch in vitro diagnostic products. In addition to technical qualifications, the ideal candidate will be highly goal-oriented and be able to respond to shifting demands and priorities and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to work in a cross-functional team-based environment is a requirement.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Optimizes sample preparation, real time PCR and RT-PCR assays for the development of complex in vitro diagnostic tests on the GeneXpert platform based on design input requirements.
• Applies sophisticated analytical problem solving skills to reagent and system integration issues to identify critical performance factors for assay development.
• Works well both independently with minimal guidance and in a team environment.
• Maintains detailed experimental records.
• Analyzes data using statistical tools such as Microsoft Excel, Minitab or JMP.
• Helps develop and write verification and validation SOPs and technical reports.
• Presents data at technical meetings.
• Allocates time and resources efficiently, effectively prioritizes, and continually seeks ways to improve individual and corporate efficiency.
• Follows product development lifecycle process and design control.
QualificationsMINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education or Experience (in years):
• MS with 3 to 5 years of experience, or PhD with 0 to 2 years of experience at a molecular diagnostics company, public health laboratory or similar institution.

Knowledge and skills:
• Experience working with microorganisms involved in infectious diseases. Experience with bacterial and yeast culture will be a plus.
• Real time PCR or RT-PCR and product development experience.
• Must possess skills/knowledge in handling clinical specimens and be able to work in a BSL-2 environment.
• Practical knowledge of design control and development of IVD assays for a regulated market.
• Ability to create and validate test methods and to set test method specifications.
• Ability to work in a clean room environment.
• Excellent documentation and communications skills.
• Proficiency with standard Microsoft computer programs.
• Experience with design of experiments methods desirable.
• Be highly goal-oriented, self-driven and organized, and be able to thrive in an atmosphere of shifting demands and priorities.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

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