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Sr Scientist - RNA Analytics

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services.  At PPD, we are passionate, deliberate, and driven by our purpose- to improve health.


Envision a workplace where you have a direct impact on improving health, work alongside expert scientists, use newest technologies and collaborate with industry thought leaders and therapeutic experts. Welcome to PPD® Laboratories, where science is our passion, quality is our commitment and people are the cornerstone of our success.


PPD Laboratories offers the most comprehensive set of laboratory services available in the industry and continues to deliver innovative solutions to our clients through our collaborative approach, including PPD Laboratories FSP. PPD Laboratories FSP is a unique partnership that allows our clients to leverage the experience of our PPD staff, while allowing you, the employee, to gain direct experience working onsite at a pharmaceutical/ biopharmaceutical company, all while maintaining full-time benefits/advantages of being a part of PPD.

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We offer continued career advancement opportunities, award winning training and benefits focused on the health and wellbeing of our employees.





As a Sr. Scientist, you will be working in a highly collaborative environment utilizing your strong experience in analytical methods applied to nucleic acid research to contribute to the success of RNA vaccine platforms.


Responsibilities Include:


Be a key member of a team of talented professionals to characterize vaccine candidates and support RNA platform technology development.


Be responsible for design of analytical methods and execution of analytical activities used for clinical and commercial development of RNA vaccine candidates.


Apply deep knowledge in nucleic acid research and its analytics to improve and support process development of RNA vaccine platforms.


Research literature databases and evaluate novel analytical technologies to address program needs.


Independently carry out and document experiments, interpret data, and maintain good scientific process on multiple projects activities.



Prepare oral and written reports to communicate scientific findings and to support project documentation and CMC submissions.






Education and Experience:

Bachelors degree and previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 5 years) or Master’s degree and previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 3 years)

Degree in Molecular Biology/Genetics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, or a related scientific field preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Experience in research and development, preferably including vaccines research in an industrial, academic or government laboratory setting


Hands-on and in-depth understanding of nucleic acid research and analytical characterization methods of RNA/DNA molecules (Electrophoresis based, LC based. PCR based etc).


Thorough understanding in nucleic acid sequencing 


Strong written and oral communication skills and a track record of achievement in publications, technical documents, regulatory filings, and/or patent applications on nucleic acid research, preferentially on RNA.


Work independently or with minimal supervision.


Be a team player in a cross-functional collaborative environment: effectively partner with diverse team members from various functions, multiple countries and members at various levels in organization


Be able to rapidly acquire project understanding and apply professional knowledge to project improvement.


Must be detail oriented; possess problem solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.


Preferred: Hands-on experience with analytical methods applied to RNA purification and CQAs characterization (HPLC/UPLC, ddPCR, qPCR, DLS, Capillary electrophoresis, hybridization techniques etc.).


Preferred: Hands-on experience with large RNA molecules (10Kb ).


Preferred: Hands-on experience with nucleic acid sequencing and familiarity with scripting language (Python/R).




 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. 




 PPD Defining Principles:

 - We have a strong will to win - We earn our customer’s trust - We are gamechangers - We do the right thing -We are one PPD -







If you resonate with our five principles above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world’s most urgent health needs, then please submit your application – we’d love to hear from you.






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