Microfluidics Product Development Engineer

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Thermo Fisher Scientific

Microfluidics Product Development Engineer

Full Time
  • Responsibilities


    REQUISITION ID: 173573

    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.


    Genetic Sciences Division / U.S. - Palo Alto, California

    Without the need of standard curves, scientists are adopting digital PCR for applications demanding high precision such as rare target quantification, Copy Number Variation (CNV) analysis, and routine QA/QC testing. Thermo Fisher Scientific is building next generation digital PCR platforms to bring absolute quantification to every bench. Come join the rapidly growing franchise and impact science and lives!

    How will you make an impact?

    Our rapidly growing microfluidics team needs a results-oriented product development engineer looking to engage in all aspects of bringing our next generation digital PCR plastic consumable to market. We're seeking a motivated teammate eager to tackle a variety of challenges and advance new product solutions through product lifecycle stages in a fast-paced environment.


    • Engage in plastic microfluidic consumables development from part design to large-scale manufacturing
    • Utilize range of analytical measurement tools to define and validate metrology and quality control methods (e.g. CMM, confocal microscopy, SEM, custom setups, non-optical methods)
    • Systematically design, execute, and document experiments to ensure product quality and reliability requirements are met
    • Collaborate cross-functionally with assay and analytical instrumentation development teams to conduct platform-level troubleshooting, analysis, and validation
    • Employ critical thinking and hands-on problem solving to resolve project challenges in a timely manner
    • Work hand-in-hand with Operations to facilitate smooth transition of product into manufacturing



    • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Plastics Engineering, or related field with 3+ years of proven experience developing life science and/or medical device products.
    • Will consider MS with 1+ year of proven experience


    • Design for Excellence (DFX), product life cycle and risk management, keeper of detailed design records
    • Extensive technical writing and documentation generation with effective written and verbal communication is required
    • Part assembly/fixture design and test method development including proficiency in CAD design software and GD&T is required
    • Experience with various analytical/metrology instruments to characterize materials and dimensions from microstructures to part assemblies is preferred
    • Hands-on wet-lab experience, e.g. micropipetting, laboratory safety preferred
    • Strong understanding of plastic material systems and microfluidics design and development preferred
    • Validation of various equipment and processes used to build life science products, particularly ISO 13485 and FDA QSR experience preferred


    • Must have excellent experimental design, data analysis / visualization skills, including ability to navigate through multiple and changing programs/projects
    • Has proficient understanding of biotechnology tools, workflows, and chemistry in digital PCR, qPCR, CE Sanger sequencing, microarray, or sample preparation
    • Has made key contributions to successful delivery of RUO and/or IVD products with a solid understanding of quality systems
    • Takes initiative and always innovates with the customer in mind

    Our global team of more than 80,000 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.

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    As the world’s leader in serving science, Thermo Fisher Scientific's professionals develop critical solutions—and build rewarding careers. They help customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment, making sure food is safe, and so much more. When you #StartYourStory with Thermo Fisher, you are guaranteed meaningful work - both personally and professionally.