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Thermo Fisher Scientific Scientist III in South San Francisco, California

Job Title: Scientist III

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.

Location/Division Specific Information

Pleasanton, CA | Genetic Science Division

How will you make an impact?

Thermo Fisher is at the forefront of the global response to COVID-19. We are working with governments, agencies, industry partners and researchers globally to ensure priority access to instruments, consumables, safety supplies and other products to address the outbreak. This key role will play a valuable part in our efforts.

Do you have a passion for innovative ideas and groundbreaking discoveries? Now is an exciting time to join our Genetic Sciences business. With over $1 billion invested annually in R&D, at Thermo Fisher Scientific you'll help solve some of the world's toughest challenges. We empower our teams to put science into meaningful action and give our R&D colleagues the autonomy, resources and tools they need to take science a step beyond. ​

What will you do?

  • As a core contributor to designing, planning, and executing experiments, Scientist III will bridge benchwork and automation. Working alongside scientists and systems engineers, this individual will gather data which will define and drive development of instrument and consumable products in the Genetic Sciences Division.

  • Plan, execute and analyze experiments independently and effectively communicate results to the team.

  • Work across functions to help provide insight on how generated results drive system design and workflow decisions within the system.

  • Interpret results and identify next steps to facilitate data-driven decision making

  • Hands on experience in genetic analysis tools, workflows, and chemistry in at least one of these areas: qPCR, microarray, or sample preparation

  • Familiarity with process of obtaining FDA (and/or CE-IVD) approval of IVD products, preferably in molecular diagnostics.

  • Fosters collaborative relationships and builds credibility across functions/teams

  • Maintains a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with current engineering/scientific literature, competing technologies, and/or products

How will you get here?


  • Master's degree in AND one (5) year of relevant industry/academic wet lab experience using a variety of laboratory techniques; OR bachelor's degree in Bioengineering or related discipline AND three (3) years of relevant industry/academic wet lab experience using a variety of laboratory techniques


  • Strong skills in molecular biology - specifically, experience with sample preparation and nucleic acid extraction and quantification method

  • Experience with qPCR, and other nucleic acid analysis techniques

  • Familiarity with the process of obtaining CE-IVD and/or FDA approval of IVD products (preferably molecular diagnostics) a plus.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to think critically and desire to drive constant improvement

  • Highly data-driven/detail oriented with an ability to analyze and interpret results

  • Ability to adapt to change and take on unexpected challenges

  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to efficiently evaluate, prioritize and handle multiple/changing projects and priorities.

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

  • Willingness to travel up to 10%, domestic or internationally

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds have a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission-enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Apply today!

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.



Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.