Industrial Post-Doc

San Jose, CA
August 17 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Job Description

The Research and Development group of the Life Sciences and Mass Spectrometry business unit is offering a unique opportunity for highly talented individuals looking to gain experience and play a role in the design and development of technology critical to supporting Thermo Fisher’s position as the leader in mass spectrometry.


Participants will take part in the Visiting Scientist Program where they will contribute to needs-based projects while receiving exposure to the company’s core businesses, processes, technologies, and leaders. The Program is a one-year assignment with the ability for a second-year extension. This is a premier opportunity to make a significant contribution to the World Leader in Serving Science.


Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct leading-edge research and development in the field of LCMS instrumentation, which include the areas of atmospheric pressure ionization sources, ion optics, and mass analyzer development.

  • Investigate and explore new ideas and concepts by defining experiments, building, debugging, and characterizing prototype hardware/software in order to verify proof of principle.

  • Work with mechanical and electrical engineers to design prototypes and new products.

  • Collaborate closely with project team members and other cross-functional groups in the organization including marketing, applications, and business development.

  • Submit and present project updates and reports.

  • Write invention disclosures and possible patent applications.

  • Manage and prioritize daily assignments to ensure timely completion.

  • Attend and participate in scheduled planning meetings and/or status meetings.

  • Manage and maintain required reagents, laboratory environment, and equipment needed to carry out assignments.

  • Other opportunities may include possible contributions to scientific literature and presentations at conferences.


Required Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Master’s degree (or currently enrolled in a Master’s program) in chemistry, biology, engineering, computer programming, or related field.

  • Knowledge of mass spectrometer theory and components required (such as electromagnetic fields, ionization sources, mass analyzers, RF systems, electrometers, and charged particle detectors).

  • Experience in developing Hardware and Software for analytical instruments such as the design of API sources, Ion optics systems, and mass analyzers.

  • High level of technology fluency to understand and properly communicate the technology associated with assigned products.

  • Strong instrumentation design and troubleshooting ability.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks with different priorities.

  • Ability to make independent decisions and possess strong initiative.

  • Ability to dissect problems with strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • Ability to accurately plan, define, and manage projects tasks.

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Capable of working with multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrate Thermo Fisher Scientific values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-4 years of R&D laboratory experience

  • Ph.D. or Post-Doctoral Scientist

  • Experience in the development of instrumentation for bio-analysis with mass spectrometry.

  • Familiarity with C, C++, LUA programming a plus.

  • Working knowledge of SIMION or CPO.

  • Experience with Computational Fluid Dynamics software.

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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