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Sr. Staff Technical Development Engineer

Company: Cepheid
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Job Description:

At Cepheid , we are passionate about improving health care through fast, accurate diagnostic testing. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, as we develop scalable, groundbreaking solutions to solve the world's most complex health challenges. Our associates are involved in every stage of molecular diagnostics, from ideation to development and delivery of testing advancements that improve patient outcomes across a range of settings. As a member of our team, you can make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development.

Cepheid is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Danaher Diagnostics companies. Together, we're working at the pace of change on diagnostic tools that address the world's biggest health challenges, driven by knowing that behind every test there is a patient waiting.

Learn about the Danaher Business System which makes everything possible.

The Sr. Staff Technology Development Engineer will drive the exploration of new consumables and sample preparation technologies to advance and expand Cepheid's overall menu and platform capabilities. This position is an integral part of the Engineering Department and will be located in Sunnyvale, CA. Our Technology Development Engineers will cover a wide range of multi-functional areas, including prototyping and evaluating new disposables technologies, crafting novel modifications to existing consumables and fluidics, developing new firmware algorithms to expand assay capabilities, development of radically different sample preparation methodologies, and supporting other Technology Development projects with assay research needs.

In this role you will have the opportunity to:

- Lead cross-functional teams comprising engineers with diverse abilities (Consumables, Electrical, System Integration, Firmware) to advance new diagnostic consumables, fluidics, and sample preparation capabilities
- Collaborate with a wide array of business functions to research novel new assay technologies with an emphasis on system integration and enablement of new functionalities within existing systems

- Creative execution of short-term development projects to solve intractable problems within Engineering (e.g. invention of new test methods, creation of new assay capabilities)

- Perform experiments to demonstrate feasibility of sophisticated biological assays and develop new diagnostic assay methods

- Collaborate cross-functionally with Biology R&D, Consumables, Systems, and Software Engineering, Innovation, and other Tech Dev engineers to develop new technologies and techniques that further enable Cepheid's diagnostic system capabilities

The essential requirements for the job include:

- Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, System Integration, etc, with 8+ years of related work experience

- Hands-on experience with developing biological assays and working in a BSL2 environment handling a variety of clinical sample matrices and microorganisms
- Data analysis expertise and experience with various data analysis software packages such as Origin, Matlab, Mathematica, Minitab or other

- Practical experience with design of experiments, interpretation of test results, failure investigation and root cause failure analysis

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

- Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or other biological diagnostic methods

- Consumables (plastics) design principles, filtration design, thin-film, or lateral flow biosensor design

- Machining, 3D printing, or other fabrication methods

- Design of oligonucleotides for microorganism detection

Cepheid, a Danaher company, offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to our lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at .

Danaher is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we'll empower you to push the boundaries of what's possible.

If you've ever wondered what's within you, there's no better time to find out

When you join us, you'll also be joining Danaher's global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you'll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies require all US and Puerto Rico employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. - Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.

The EEO posters are available here .

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request accommodation.

If you've ever wondered what's within you, there's no better time to find out.

Keywords: Cepheid, Sunnyvale , Sr. Staff Technical Development Engineer, Other , Sunnyvale, California

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