Sr. Staff Scientist, Capillary Electrophoresis R&D

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Posted: 03/21/2019 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: Scientific Job Number: 5437

Job Description

Job Title: Sr. Staff Scientist, Capillary Electrophoresis R&D
Requisition ID: 78783BR

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 more than $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.

South San Francisco, CA

How will you make an impact?
The Capillary Electrophoresis Platform business within the Genetic Sciences Division of ThermoFisher Scientific is seeking a talented individual to join the R&D organization to lead a team of scientists developing new DNA and protein analysis products and supporting on-market capillary electrophoresis products and applications. Candidates should have a proven track record in developing genetic analysis chemistries and applications, experience developing products from ideation to commercialization in a phase gate process, demonstrate ability to innovate new product ideas and proven ability to work in a matrixed organization. Experience in successfully managing and motivating PhD/Masters level scientists is critical and collaboration and interface with a wide range of groups will be expected including R&D, Product Management, Program Management, Operations, customers and OEM partners.

What will you do?
  • Lead the technical development of new chemistries and applications for genetic analysis on the Capillary Electrophoresis platform.
  • Manage group of 8 - 10 scientists working on new technology and reagent development.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and help to set the direction for the Capillary Electrophoresis Platform business.
  • Work with Product Management and R&D Leadership to build compelling technical and business cases for new products.
  • Work with OEM partners in development of new capillary electrophoresis platforms
  • Drive innovation through collaboration with scientists from different disciplines.
  • Present project updates to colleagues and management & represent the company at customer facing meetings and scientific conferences.
  • Critically analyze complex data, interpret & integrate experimental results with project objectives.
  • Support engineering changes to sustain product manufacturing.
  • Support on-market product activities.

How will you get here?


A PhD degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related field 

  • 10+ years of industry experience
  • At least two years of experience leading a team of PhD / Masters level scientists
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer methods from the R&D environment to Manufacturing for production
  • Experience in manufacturing process development and product validation and verification.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Strong understanding of genetic analysis technologies including qPCR, Capillary Electrophoresis and Next Gen Sequencing.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills & ability to work with a cross-functional team.
  • Excellent written communication.


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.



Job Requirements

Had a few referrals but didn't work out.  They interviewed poorly.  Have not done much in terms of active recruiting.   

Open due to a retirement.  It is a leadership role.  Will be managing a group of 6-8 but can be somewhat flexible on this.  Last person was very senior.  

If it is someone more jr in terms of managing others experience could manage 2 or 4 people.  

Strong preference of PhD.  Would maybe consider a Masters.

Very urgent role.  On the radar of the VP of division so need to fill asap. 

Team is interesting.  Varied background with folks with biology or chemistry.

Salary 125-135K.  Can be a little flexible.(150K)

Bonus 15% target

focus other molecular genetics assay focused companies. 

Red flag :Someone who has only has done next gen sequencing for awhile they might not be very excited to do this or feel like it is going back. 





Apply Online
Apply with LinkedIn Apply with Facebook Apply with Twitter

Send an email reminder to:

Share This Job:

Related Jobs:

Login to save this search and get notified of similar positions.