Thermo Fisher Scientific Staff Scientist, Research & Development in San Jose, California

Job Description

When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

What will you do?

The Research Scientist within the Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry R&D group will play a major factor in the design and development of technology critical to supporting Thermo Fisher Scientific’s position as the leader in mass spectrometry.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As part of the Triple Stage Quadrupoles Research and Development team, conduct leading-edge research and development in the field of ion separation and ion transfer optics for Triple Quads, Ion Traps and Orbitrap product lines.

  • Investigate and explore new ideas and concepts by defining experiments, building, debugging and characterizing prototypes in order to verify proof of principle.

  • Test and verify new products or improvements.

  • Provide guidance and leadership to mechanical and electrical engineers in order to design prototypes and new products.

  • Given the interdisciplinary nature of Life Science Mass Spectrometry, this role will require familiarity and interplay with the entire hardware team and several cross functional teams within marketing, product support and operations.

  • Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories, and may contribute to scientific literature and conferences.

  • May participate in development of patent applications.

  • May coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts.

How will you get here?

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with 8+ years of experience in a product development lab designing and developing analytical instrumentation; or 6 years of experience with a Master's degree; or a PhD with 3 years of experience; or equivalent experience.

  • Practical knowledge of mass analyzer technologies, ion optics design, ion sources, vacuum systems design.

  • Experience in developing hardware for analytical instruments, in relation with the design of ion mobility devices and mass spectrometer ion optics systems.

  • Working knowledge of ion trajectory simulation software (SIMION or similar).

  • Experience with HPLC methods, and ability to run relevant experiments.

  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills.

  • Capable of working with multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Ability to travel (<10%)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with computational fluid dynamics software packages (COMSOL Multiphysics, ANSYS).

  • Experience with CAD Software (SolidWorks, ProEngineer).

  • Familiarity with C, C++ programming.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Knowledge of product management life cycle.

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.