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Staff Scientist
Company: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Location: Rochester, MN
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 07/30/2021
Expire Date: 09/19/2021
Job Categories: Computers, Software, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Science, Quality Control, Research & Development
Job Description
Staff Scientist

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.

Clinical Next-Generation Sequencing Division

Mayo Clinic Facilities – Rochester, Minnesota

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $36 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.

How will you make an impact?

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated Staff Scientist to join our team to support the development of next generation sequencing assays for use in clinical laboratories. You will contribute to our products clinical validation and further development based on the Ion Torrent sequencing technology, which is rapidly changing the speed and scalability of clinical sequencing for oncology. Responsibilities will include experiment planning, data analysis supervision and some data presentation. As a Staff Scientist, you will be the point-of-contact of all laboratory-related activities and will partner with cross-functional teams including R&D, Quality, Medical Affairs and Regulatory while working in a clinical setting. A background in molecular biology, biochemistry, or similar discipline is required. Hands-on experience in molecular biology and/or laboratory molecular diagnostics and Next Generation sequencing is a must. The main activities related to this opening will be carried out at Mayo Clinic Facilities in Rochester, as part of a lager collaborative project focusing Oncology/Hematology with the Mayo Clinic Diagnostic Team.

What will you do?

  • Verification and Validation Studies in preparation for a PMA submission to the FDA/EMA
  • Testing assays that comply with regulatory standards such as FDA and CE Marking
  • Work in a molecular diagnostic laboratory and perform experiments in line with the project plan, daily
  • Perform complex analytical validation experiments using Next-Generation sequencing on Ion Torrent based technology platforms
  • Perform data analysis in Excel and Bioinformatics analysis software, prepare presentations in PowerPoint, present results to the team at group meetings
  • Reagent forecasting and reagent management for analytical validation studies
  • Troubleshoot assay issues and failures and develop a troubleshooting diagnostic toolbox
  • Orthogonal assay development, feasibility, and validation
  • Will need to maintain complete and thorough documentation required to meet QSR Design Control, as well as other international standards (e.g., ISO compliance, GLP/GMP requirements, etc.)
  • Carefully monitor and track complex molecular biology protocols
  • Ensure adherence to regulatory and quality requirements to be in compliance with lab certifications such as ISO 9001
  • Perform lab asset management duties
  • Work with team members in a collaborative environment, communicating effectively between Thermo Fisher Scientific and Mayo Clinic Diagnostic Team
  • Work in a fast-paced environment, often with changing timelines and moving priorities
  • Actively participate in the team to create a supportive and collaborative environment
  • Must be tolerant to change, ready to take on new challenges and open to learning new skills, anticipate needs and problems, while creating solutions
  • Excellent attention to detail in record keeping and documentation
  • Ability to work independently daily to meet the needs of project outlines
  • Effective communicator to keep team members and collaborators up to date on project progress and timelines


  • Educated to at least Masters level in a Life Science subject, preferably a Molecular Biology discipline


  • Experience in IVD testing in a core laboratory facility is a plus
  • M.S. or Ph.D with at least 3 years of experience in an academic or industrial diagnostic laboratory
  • Previous people management will be advantageous
  • Ideal candidates will also have experience working in a CAP-accredited environment

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Hands-on experience in a molecular biology laboratory: DNA/RNA purification, quantitation, and NGS testing (preferentially but not exclusively with Ion Torrent)
  • Experience of working with large data sets and the use of Bioformatic analysis tools
  • Knowledge in clinical lab protocols and laboratory equipment and supplies
  • Needs to be self-motivated, capable of multi-tasking, and able to ensure focused and timely execution of projects
  • Excellent attention to detail in record keeping and documentation
  • Knowledge of Oncology/Hematology testing is a major plus

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 80,000 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.

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.

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