My work is a 
​​​​​​​story of discovery.

Collaborating to make a difference.

Jessica | R&D Manager

My career began in Telecommunications, where I worked for over 12 years as an electrical engineer. It was challenging and fast-paced but when a role at Thermo Fisher opened up, I saw an opportunity to do motivating work that has a bolder meaning for society. I joined Thermo Fisher just over a year ago, helping to design life science instruments for researchers as part of the Genetic Sciences R&D team. I’m able to apply the same knowledge and expertise as an electrical engineer but for the purpose of mission-driven, life-saving work.

At first, I was overwhelmed coming to a completely new industry, surrounded by brilliant scientists and colleagues that seemed to be speaking a new language. Yet, everyone was very welcoming and supportive of teaching me. I began working on a large effort called Project GT, focusing on upgrades for our PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine, used by researchers to multiply samples for testing and analysis. The enhancements are leveraging smart technology to reduce manual processes and human errors. This will help researchers using the machine work more efficiently and provide accurate data and diagnostic results impacting patients worldwide. It’s a truly collaborative project working cross-functionally with product managers, architects, engineers, external partners and vendors. Each day is unique and different, filled with discovery. It’s what inspires me to come to work!

When you’re ready to move forward in your career, you’ll discover that at Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. And we all contribute to a singular Mission—to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.