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Thermo Fisher Scientific Scientist III in South San Francisco, California

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $35 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?

Thermo Fisher is at the forefront of the global response to COVID-19. We are working with governments, agencies, industry partners and researchers globally to ensure priority access to instruments, consumables, safety supplies and other products to address the outbreak. This key role will play a valuable part in our efforts.

Do you have a passion for innovative ideas and groundbreaking discoveries? Now is an exciting time to join our Genetic Sciences business. With over $1 billion invested annually in R&D, at Thermo Fisher Scientific you’ll help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. We empower our teams to put science into meaningful action and give our R&D colleagues the autonomy, resources and tools they need to take science a step beyond. ​

What will you do?

  • As a core contributor to designing, planning, and executing experiments, Scientist III will bridge benchwork, automation and system integration.

  • Working alongside scientists and engineers, this individual will gather data which will define and drive development of instrument and consumable products in the Genetic Sciences Division.

  • Plan, execute and analyze experiments independently and effectively communicate results to the team.

  • Work across functions to help provide insight on how generated results drive system design and workflow decisions within the system.

  • Interpret results and identify next steps to facilitate data-driven decision making.

How will you get here?


  • PhD; OR master’s degree in AND one (2) year of relevant industry/academic wet lab experience using a variety of laboratory techniques; OR bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering or related discipline AND three (4) years of relevant industry/academic wet lab experience using a variety of laboratory techniques

  • Higher levels of experience and education may be considered for higher level roles


  • Strong skills in molecular biology - specifically, experience with sample preparation and nucleic acid extraction and quantification methods

  • Strong background in benchwork, analyzing experiments and communicating results

  • Experience with qPCR, and other nucleic acid analysis techniques

  • Data analysis software and tools; JMP experience preferred

  • Familiarity with development of a regulated product (FDA and/or CE-IVD), preferably in molecular diagnostics, a plus.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to think critically and desire to drive constant improvement

  • Highly data-driven/detail oriented with an ability to analyze and interpret results

  • Ability to adapt to change and take on unexpected challenges

  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to efficiently evaluate, prioritize and handle multiple/changing projects and priorities.

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

  • Willingness to travel up to 10%, domestic or internationally

Our global team of more than 90,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com

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.