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Principal Scientist - qPCR, ddPCR Technologies

  • Coordinates all aspects of managing / method development and validation and specialty service areas within the division.
  • Supervises and assists senior technical staff in laboratory operations such as scheduling, resource management, technical and compliance related issues.
  • qPCR, ddPCR technologies – technical and GMP depth to ensure PPD’s performance matches industry in best practices and we are at the forefront to improve ddPCR reliability 

  • Interfaces with clients on scientific issues, study design and project technical requirements.
  • Plans, directs and implements improvements in systems, processes and procedures to increase efficiency, productivity, quality and technical expertise in the laboratory.
  • Assists division director in strategic planning, business development and new technology implementation.



Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification
  • Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 12 years’) or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. 
  • OR Masters degree and previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable 10 year) 
  • OR PhD and previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable 8 year)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent technical capabilities with analytical expertise in method development and/or specialty technology
  • Effective written and oral communication skills as well as presentation skills
  • Demonstrated coaching and mentoring skills
  • Proven problem solving and troubleshooting abilities
  • Ability to drive implementation of new systems or enhance existing ones
  • Proven ability to implement change based on analysis of root causes, need, and experience and drive cross-function SOP changes
  • Strong organizational agility and demonstrated drive for results
  • Knowledge of budgeting, forecasting and fiscal management
  • Proven ability to identify and implement common efficiencies across multiple programs/projects

Working Conditions:
  • Work is performed in a laboratory and/or a clinical environment with exposure to electrical office equipment.
  • Occasional drives to site locations, occasional domestic travel. 
  • Exposure to biological fluids with potential exposure to infectious organisms. 
  • Rare exposure to skin and lung irritants, radiation, toxic materials and hazardous waste. 
  • Personal protective equipment required such as protective eyewear, garments and gloves.  
  • Exposure to fluctuating and/or extreme temperatures on rare occasions.

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to work in an upright and /or stationary position for 6-8 hours per day. 
  • Repetitive hand movement of both hands with the ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists to operate lab equipment. 
  • Occasional mobility needed. Occasional crouching, stooping, with frequent bending and twisting of upper body and neck. 
  •  Light to moderate lifting and carrying (or otherwise moves) objects including luggage and laptop computer with a maximum lift of 15-20 lbs. 
  • Ability to access and use a variety of computer software developed both in-house and off-the-shelf.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas so others will understand; with the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Frequently interacts with others to obtain or relate information to diverse groups. 
  • Works independently with little guidance or reliance on oral or written instructions and plans work schedules to meet goals.  
  • Requires multiple periods of intense concentration. 
  • Performs a wide range of variable tasks as dictated by variable demands and changing conditions with little predictability as to the occurrence.  
  • Ability to perform under stress. Ability to multi-task. 
  •  Regular and consistent attendance.

PPD values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive.  Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role:

  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.
  • Able to work upright and stationary and/or standing for typical working hours.
  • Able to lift and move objects up to 25 pounds
  • Able to work in non-traditional work environments.
  • Able to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.
  • May have exposure to potentially hazardous elements, including infectious agents, typically found in healthcare or laboratory environments.
  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.  

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