Thermo Fisher Scientific Senior Staff Scientist, Product Assurance - Human Identification in South San Francisco, California

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.

How will you make an impact?

We are looking for a skilled and motivated Senior Staff Scientist to join our Human Identification business based in South San Francisco, CA. The HID products include assays to perform human identification for crime scene investigation and paternity testing. These assays are PCR-based, and use Real Time PCR, capillary electrophoresis, and massively parallel sequencing for detection and identification.

This person will work in a very dynamic and fast paced environment with a focus on troubleshooting customer complaints on the various on-market products, and in validation of new products, and in genetic analysis software and platform applications.

What will you do?

  • Designs, executes, and interprets relevant experiments for complaint resolution.

  • Perform trouble shooting activities to determine root cause and determine corrective and preventive actions.

  • Interfaces with Customer Technical Support for complaint escalation.

  • Participates in core teams and perform as technical lead in new product introductions (NPI), new product applications, and sustaining engineering activities for product and platform improvements.

  • Write and execute validation test plans in support of NPI and sustaining engineering activities.

How will you get here?


  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related discipline.

  • 10+ years practical laboratory experience.

  • Demonstrable leadership abilities.

  • Extensive experience with CE, qPCR and/or MPS technologies and applications.

  • Strong team working, collaboration and partnership attitude.

  • Ability also to work independently to plan, prioritize workload, assess, and solve problems.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Experience with Thermo Fisher instruments and downstream analysis preferred.

  • Knowledge of high throughput data analysis and statistics is desirable.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 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.

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.