Development Scientist II
Danaher - Danvers, MA

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OPCO Description

Beckman Coulter develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing. Our diagnostic systems are found in hospitals and other critical care settings around the world and produce information used by physicians to diagnose disease, make treatment decisions and monitor patients. Scientists use our life science research instruments to study complex biological problems including causes of disease and potential new therapies or drugs. Hospital laboratories are our core clinical diagnostic customers. Our life science customers include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities, medical schools and research institutions. More than 275,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in both diagnostics and life sciences laboratories on six continents. For more than 75 years, our products have been making a difference in peoples lives by improving the productivity of medical professionals and scientists, supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care.


The purpose of this job is to support the systems of new molecular diagnostic tests on a new instrument platform. The selected individual will conduct testing and evaluation of reagents involving multiple molecular methods/techniques. The selected individual shall interface with development scientists as well as hardware, software and mechanical engineers on the platform development team. This individual will work a second shift from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Initial training will be conducted on first shift for approximately 2 weeks.


Responsible for independently performing routine and unique tests involving DNA/RNA extraction, purification and amplification.

Following procedures or protocols required to perform experiments. These may include preparing reagents for nucleic acid extraction, reverse transcription and PCR reactions, basic growth and maintenance of bacterial and tissue culture cells and other laboratory methods/techniques associated with molecular biology

Duties include the extraction of DNA and RNA from a variety of specimens for sure in PCR analysis. Amplification of DNA and RNA and analysis by real time PCR and electrophoresis may be involved

Maintain accurate data records

Complies with biohazard safety standards through proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents in the workplace.

Uses universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens

Monitors inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, counts orders upon receipt

A minimum of bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.) in a scientific discipline, or medical technology with 2+ years relevant experience, or a master's degree with 0-2 years relevant experience

Two or more years of clinical/diagnostic lab experience outside of school is preferred

Experience utilizing instrumentation is preferred

Expertise in the following areas is considered a plus: assay development, real time PCR, microbiology, virology, cell culture, fluorescent chemistry, nucleotide chemistry

Must be able to work independently, taking work direction and following procedures

Danaher Overview

Danaher is a diversified technology leader that designs, manufactures, and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial, and commercial customers. Our portfolio of premier brands is among the most highly recognized in each of the markets we serve. Danaher's portfolio is comprised of five reporting segments: Test & Measurement; Environmental; Life Sciences & Diagnostics; Dental; and Industrial Technologies. Driven by a foundation provided by the Danaher Business System, Danaher's 48,000 associates serve customers in more than 125 countries and generated $13.2 billion of revenue in 2010.




Job Function


Research and Development / Scientific

Primary Location


North America-United States-MA-Danvers






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