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Thermo Fisher Scientific Scientist III, Research & Development in West Hills, California

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them.

Location / Division

West Hills, CA / Transplant Diagnostics

How will you make an impact?

Highly motivated Research and Product Development Scientist to join the Transplant Diagnostic Division. The new team member will lead the development and optimization of new and existing sequencing (Sanger, NGS, and Single Molecule) assays for transplant diagnostics applications. The role will have a direct impact on improving the lives of transplant patients.

The Scientist III, Research and Product Development role serves as a technical lead to explore new technologies and identify creative and robust solutions to overcome current technological limitations in sequencing-based products for the HLA genes or other relevant target genes.

What will you do?

  • Be the lead scientist toward developing and producing robust sequencing-based assays for transplant diagnostic applications.

  • Develop and implement quality control procedures for critical reagents and processes for the sequencing-based products.

  • Plan/create, execute, analyze, and document IVD product development activities with great attention to detail under a design control system.

  • Write reports and present results, project and technology assessments to Senior Management to enable them to make informed business decisions

  • Supervise and mentor junior team members

How will you get here?

Education / Experience

  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell Biology, Genetics or a related discipline in Biological Sciences AND 5 years of experience focusing on sequencing technology and its application, hands-on research and new method development experience. OR a master's degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell Biology, Genetics or a related discipline in Biological Sciences AND 7 years of experience in product development focusing on NGS technology and its application.

  • 3 years of prior experience in a product development role

  • Track record of developing diagnostic tests or reagent kits in a regulated environment; knowledge of design control systems.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with the proven ability to think innovatively toward solving technical and structural problems effectively and efficiently

  • Broad and deep knowledge in sequencing technologies (Sanger, NGS, and Single-Molecule), DNA isolation and quantification, gene amplification methods, quantitative PCR, and other relevant technologies

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with Production, Regulatory, and Manufacturing

  • Have a good working knowledge of IVD product requirements and clinical laboratory workflows and needs

  • Experience in designing experiments and interpreting complex data, and solve challenging issues to improve product performance with innovative approaches

  • Ability to communicate with other departments as a technical representative to assist in process improvement, customer inquiries, staff training as needed

  • Able to work effectively under pressure to meet scheduled deadlines and handle multiple activities simultaneously

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required to clearly explain complex issues, progress reports and technical roadmaps to a variety of audiences across functions and levels

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience in HLA

  • Experience in bioinformatics and statistics

Our global team of more than 75,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit

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.