Staff Scientist, X-ray Research & Development

    • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • San Diego, CA
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 7 hours ago


On Site
USD 115,000.00 - 165,000.00 per year
Full Time


Quality control
Cross-functional team
Research design
Verification and validation
Research and Development
Product development
Image processing
Analytical skill
Artificial intelligence
Machine Learning (ML)
Computer vision
Life insurance

Job Details

Work Schedule

Standard (Mon-Fri)

Environmental Conditions

Adherence to all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Safety Standards, Loud Noises (Equipment/Machinery), Office, Some degree of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required (safety glasses, gowning, gloves, lab coat, ear plugs etc.)

Job Description

Work Location: San Diego, CA (on-site)

Group: Analytical Instruments Group

Division: Chemical Analysis Division

Thermo Fisher Scientific in San Diego develops online instrumentation for process and quality control in dynamic industries such as clean energy and food safety.

How will you make an impact

You will be a key member of cross functional team dedicated to developing groundbreaking online x-ray inspection systems for the clean energy industry.

What will you do

  • Contribute to the research, design, verification, and validation of x-ray inspection systems.
  • Research and test x-ray sources and detectors to optimize material discrimination.
  • Develop, test, and implement advanced image processing and detection algorithms
  • Design and conduct experiments, analyze data and make design recommendations
  • Prepare reports on research and development efforts for internal use and for the purpose of obtaining patents to protect technology developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific.
  • Utilize modeling codes to improve current product and develop new designs and processes.
  • Ensure work is in accordance with our engineering and product development processes

How will you get here


  • A degree in physical sciences, engineering or related field from an accredited college or university; Graduate degree preferred
  • 7+ years of experience with x-ray inspection systems, x-ray detection and measurement, or other imaging technologies
  • Practical experience with x-ray sources and detectors
  • Experience with developing and implementing image processing algorithm
  • Proven track record of conceptualizing and implementing new designs

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent analytical and experimental skills
  • Knowledge of artificial intelligence techniques such as machine learning, computer vision, etc.
  • A skilled communicator with an ability to work with a global development team
  • Ability to build relationships to foster trust, collaboration and a positive environment
  • High energy contributor in an agile development environment
  • Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills
  • A passion to grow your knowledge, skills, and career

This position has not been approved for relocation assistance.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range estimated for this position based in California is $115,000.00-$165,000.00.

This position may also be eligible to receive a variable annual bonus based on company, team, and/or individual performance results in accordance with company policy. We offer a comprehensive Total Rewards package that our U.S. colleagues and their families can count on, which includes:

  • A choice of national medical and dental plans, and a national vision plan, including health incentive programs
  • Employee assistance and family support programs, including commuter benefits and tuition reimbursement
  • At least 120 hours paid time off (PTO), 10 paid holidays annually, paid parental leave (3 weeks for bonding and 8 weeks for caregiver leave), accident and life insurance, and short- and long-term disability in accordance with company policy
  • Retirement and savings programs, such as our competitive 401(k) U.S. retirement savings plan
  • Employees' Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) offers eligible colleagues the opportunity to purchase company stock at a discount

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