Scientist II, Custom Services

Thermo Fisher Scientific - South San Francisco, CA (30+ days ago)3.6

Job Description
When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.


Our Genetic Sciences business is at the forefront of innovation for genetic analysis research and clinical applications. Our teams are developing platform and content solutions that help bring criminals to justice, accelerate disease research, and keep the world’s food supply safe. We also develop advanced methods for rapid testing and detection of viruses such as Zika and Ebola, helping to prevent global outbreaks.

The Scientist Molecular Biology will perform many of the following duties.
Conduct pre-designed scientific or engineering experiments using laboratory equipment and calculations.
Verify and validate product design and performance during the development cycle, from feasibility through product release. Products include benchtop instruments, sample preparation, synthetic biology, and protein expression.
Plan the use of equipment, materials and own time.
Assist in lab procurement, calibration or maintenance of equipment.
Make detailed observations and basic data analysis.
Advise supervisor of factors that may affect quality, accuracy, timeliness and usefulness of data.
Troubleshoot experiments with assistance from supervisor.
Contribute ideas and suggestions to improve standard laboratory techniques, improve protocols, processes and equipment.
With supervisor's guidance, become familiar with literature directly associated with assigned project and transmit information gathered to other members of the scientific team.
Maintain complete and thorough lab notebook and training file in accordance with division standard.
Comply with all company safety regulations and procedures.
Position exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Normally receives general instruction on routine work, detailed instruction on new assignments.

Main duties would include, but may not be limited to:
Running tests and experiments in the laboratory.
Preparing PCR reaction plates and running on AB qPCR systems.
Contributing to writing and executing test plans and reports.
Executing statistical data analysis.
Major responsibilities are understanding and executing procedures, accurately recording data, and assisting in data analysis.

Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates must have a degree in the field of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field and experience working in a lab environment.
An interdisciplinary education and/or experience is preferred to allow for a systems-level approach on projects.
Experience with qPCR techniques and nucleic acid extraction methods are a must.

Preferred Qualifications:
Technical writing experience, including creating test protocols and SOPs is desired.
Experience with JMP data analysis, programming Excel macros, and MatLab a plus.
At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 65,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.