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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.

Position Summary:

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry R&D group has an immediate opening for a Research Scientist in Mass Spectrometry. This role will play a major factor in the design and development of technology critical to supporting Thermo Fisher Scientific’s position as the leader in mass spectrometry in our San Jose, CA facility.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • As part of the Ion Sources Research and Development team, conduct leading-edge research and development in the fields of API sources and Ion optics for our Triple Quads, Ion Traps and Orbitraps product lines
  • Investigate and explore new ideas and concepts by defining experiments, building, debugging and characterizing prototypes in order to verify proof of principle
  • Test and verify new products or improvements
  • Provide guidance and leadership to mechanical and electrical engineers in order to design prototypes and new products
  • Given the interdisciplinary nature of Life Science Mass Spectrometry, this role will require familiarity and interplay with the entire hardware team and several cross functional teams within marketing, product support and operations
  • Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories, and may contribute to scientific literature and conferences
  • May participate in development of patent applications
  • May coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree with 8+ years of experience in a product development lab designing and developing analytical instrumentation; or 6 years of experience with a Master's degree; or a PhD with 3 years of experience; or equivalent experience
  • Practical knowledge of quadrupole mass filters and ion traps technologies, ion optics design, ion sources design, high vacuum systems design
  • Practical knowledge of nanospray technology
  • Experience with HPLC methods, and ability to run relevant experiments
  • Experience in developing Hardware and Software for analytical instruments, in relation with the design of API sources and Ion optics systems
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills
  • Capable of working with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to travel, but less than 10%

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with CAD Software (SolidWorks, ProEngineer)
  • Experience in the development of instrumentation for bio-analysis with mass spectrometry
  • Familiarity with C, C++ programming a plus
  • Familiarity with computational fluid dynamics software packages (COMSOL Multiphysics, ANSYS)
  • Working knowledge of ion trajectory simulation software (SIMION or CPO)
  • Experience in Microfluidics design
  • Strong project management skills
  • Knowledge of product management life cycle


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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