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Thermo Fisher Scientific Scientist III Molecular Biology in Austin, Texas

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 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.

When you're part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you'll do important work that helps make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. You will have real impact, and you'll be supported in achieving your career goals.

How will you make an impact?

If developing and bringing new products to life excites you, then read on to learn more about the Scientist III role in our Sample Prep R&D group. The position of Scientist III provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced, highly motivated individual to conceive, and then drive development of the innovative products for coronavirus-related research workflows and other applications, ranging from microbiome studies to liquid biopsy and early cancer detection. The Sample Preparation workflow covers the clinical sample collection devices, followed by isolation of RNA/DNA, and downstream analysis by qPCR, NGS or other means.

What will you do?

  • Will apply technical knowledge to develop kits/reagents/instruments/workflows for sample collection and nucleic acid purification from various biological sample types

  • Modify experimental procedures to suit the particular needs of experiments

  • Develop a hypothesis and then design the necessary set of experiments to test the hypothesis with limited guidance

  • Analyze the data derived and explain the outcome of their experiments

  • Maintain accurate and detailed lab notebooks and appropriate documentation based on the scientific method enabling other scientists to reproduce their experiments

  • May assist in preparing material for manuals, articles for the newsletter, patents or scientific publications

  • Prepares regular reports documenting experiments

  • Presents research data and conclusions in 10-30 minute sessions

  • Ability to read a scientific paper, reproduce the experiments described and understand the conclusions

  • Ability to read patents and understand details of invention and claims

  • Complete lab compliance activities

How you will get there?

  • Strong laboratory and technical hands on skills required:

  • Pipet and perform procedures reproducibly

  • Perform a dilution series to create a standard curve

  • Perform lab calculations needed to make solutions from powder or from stock solutions and able to make the buffers from recipes

  • Operate basic lab equipment such as computers, centrifuges, quantitation instruments, Agilent Bioanalyzer, PCR, real-time qPCR instruments, plate readers etc.

  • Routine experience with most common molecular procedures such as nucleic acid isolation, endpoint PCR, real-time PCR

  • Experience writing and implementing quality focused procedures

  • Experience with nucleic acid purification automation, different technologies to isolate nucleic acid

  • Experience working with BSL2 sample types in BSL2 lab setting

  • Strong knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet programs, powerpoint, and statistical analysis.

  • Creative and innovative

  • Good writing & presentation skills

  • Strong documentation and strong organizational skills

  • Works well in a team setting

  • Capable of multi-tasking and ensure timely completion and execution of tasks

  • Pays attention to details

  • Be agile with changing environments

  • Shows initiative by taking on new tasks, beyond what is generally expected

  • Inspires and co-ordinates people to achieve specific goals

  • Generates ideas to improve current processes


Masters degree in Biological Science, chemistry, biochemistry, or related field. At least 6 years of total laboratory experience.

At least 3 years laboratory experience in an industry setting in a product development environment or clinical lab setting with a regulated background experience. Experience in and IVD development requirement or CLIA certified laboratory is a plus. PhD is a plus.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.