My Work is a Story of Progress
Junko, Senior Director, R&D
San Francisco Bay Area Meet the Team
Working at Thermo Fisher Scientific you will have the opportunity to work alongside enthusiastic colleagues who are dedicated to acting responsibly, collaborating effectively, positively impacting their communities and improving human conditions for the world. It’s this passion of making a positive impact that connects our Thermo Fisher Scientific team and empowers us to do amazing work both in the San Francisco Bay Area and Worldwide.
I am responsible for the Regulatory Compliance of my business unit‘s Ion Chromatography instruments. This role allows me to learn new skills, interact with cross-functional teams and vendors, and develop a strategic business approach to compliance. There’s a really strategic aspect to my role at Thermo Fisher Scientific which I feel gives me greater intellectual freedom. The job isn’t just about meeting the requirements of the national and international compliance standards, but it is also about developing a Compliance Culture (Design for Compliance) within my business unit, that will allow us to continue to grow and to deliver Extraordinary Quality.
Working at Thermo Fisher Scientific is special to me because I see myself as directly contributing towards success and innovation. As the Regulatory Compliance engineer for my business unit, the safety aspect of the company’s mission statement is at the core of my duty. As the company is striving to make the world safer, I am also striving in ensuring that our instruments are safe to be operated, conform to the national and international Safety requirements and suitable to assist scientists and researchers in their contribution to a healthier, cleaner and safer world.
Anicea Aka, Staff Regulatory Engineer
In my role at Thermo Fisher Scientific I lead a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers. We support custom development services with external partners to develop new molecular diagnostics for public health and emergency response scenarios. Our partners include governments and academic institutions, groups and organizations who are at the forefront of developing new applications for genetic analysis and dedicated to making a substantial impact. The best part of this work, beyond its potential life saving potential, is the fact that everyone on my team is as dedicated as I am. It’s a very dynamic environment, and I get to work cross-functionally learning from different experts constantly.
Because much of our work is focused on responding to situations of high public health importance, for example radiation exposure, disease outbreaks and degenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s Disease), we often get to see firsthand how our work makes an impact. I chose to be a biomedical engineer because I wanted to help improve the human condition and I believed the way to help the most people was through advancements in medicine and technology. Working for Thermo Fisher Scientific, I can be part of a company that has the expertise and resources to deliver on these advancements in technologies.
Dora, Senior Manager, R&D
My role is lead Scientist in the Controls Formulations team, facilitating product manufacturing in any way required. I really enjoy that my workload is diverse in that no single day is like another. Today I might be working on a Quality Systems process and tomorrow I might be in the lab making a product. My role allows me to interact and work closely with many different departments and build cross-functional relationships that make my job interesting on a daily basis. Working in the Formulations department is particularly great because our group is filled with ambitious, team-minded individuals who work together to make quality products that ultimately are used to help diagnose and treat real people.
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a huge company which means there’s always opportunities for learning and growth between departments—also, Thermo Fisher Scientific makes products that support hospitals and labs all over the world in diagnosing and treating people for a huge variety of medical reasons. The idea that something I worked on might be used to treat me is actually really cool.
Jacqueline, Staff Scientist, Controls Formulations
I lead Next Generation Sequencing In Vitro Diagnostic product development programs. The best part of my job is that I get to work alongside a talented group of people who sincerely enjoy what they do. Everyone understands how important their contribution is on the projects, and there’s a sense of pride and fellowship among the team. There’s a huge benefit to working for a global company, in that your work is able to make such a substantial impact. The products we develop are marketed and commercialized world wide, and I am often involved in submitting products to various international regulatory bodies. I am constantly learning more as my work, and the world, evolves.
Justine, Director, Program Management
As a member of the Global Product Support (GPS) Team, I proactively investigate potential and emerging Global product issues to ensure that our customers are always getting the most reliable and accurate results possible. Through my work I’ve seen firsthand how our customers have leveraged microarray technology to advance research in Clinical Diagnostics and Agriculture.
Working here is special to me because I get to be part of a highly knowledgeable team and I’m encouraged to bring my whole self to work every day. Thermo Fisher Scientific has empowered me to become an active member of different employee resource groups and initiatives including: the Bay Area LGBTA ERG, Santa Clara Site Council, and a Laboratory Waste Recycling initiative. All of these groups are additional to my job role, but have made me feel a part of the Thermo Fisher Scientific community as a whole. It’s very refreshing to know that I am able to make a positive impact, even in such a large organization.
Nick, Scientist III, Global Product Support
As the Director of Product evaluation, I’m responsible for testing all software products for the Life Science Mass Spectrometry business unit. Part of what makes my job great is that I get to work with the leading scientists and the latest technologies in the industry.
I’ve been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific for 17 years, so it should be pretty self-evident that I enjoy my career. There’s an amazing environment here, and through my collaboration with my coworkers I feel really connected to my company’s mission of making the world healthier, cleaner and safer.
Nigama, Director of Product Evaluation
As a manager of advanced technologies, I develop new technologies and product concepts. My career at Thermo Fisher Scientific has offered me the opportunity to solve different problems and design creative solutions while learning about a wide range of products and applications. I love that I contribute towards new frontiers of technology while working towards our Company’s goal of making the world healthier, cleaner, and safer.
Seema, Manager, Advanced Technology
Working in Practical Process Improvement (PPI), I help departments run more efficiently. I do this by teaching new tools and helping teams implement new approaches to their processes. This role is rewarding in that it allows me to interact with all departments on site and learn about all the amazing work going on at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
One of the best aspects of my job is working at a company with such a large product portfolio. There’s a wealth of resources within the company, which allows for greater growth potential—both in product development and career paths.
At the end of the day, my work helps our departments. This allows for greater quality products, at more affordable prices, with shorter lead times—all of which increases accessibility to customers and helps make the world a healthier, cleaner and safer place.
Sheri, PPI Business System Specialist III