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PPD

Sr Scientist - Structural Biology

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!  
 

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. 

As a Senior Scientist you will perform complex laboratory analysis of pharmaceutical products and proficiently use analytical instrumentation, calculate and analyzes data and record data in adherence with PPD SOP's and the industry.  

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.  

Summarized Purpose:


Performs complex laboratory analysis of pharmaceutical products and proficiently uses analytical instrumentation, calculates and analyzes data and records data in adherence with PPD SOP's and the industry. Routinely acts as the project leader on multiple projects, interacts with clients, reviews and evaluates data, writes reports and protocols. Responsible for the scientific conduct of the project and communication of regulatory issues with senior level team members. Responsible for implementing and optimizing experimental protocols in the areas of molecular biology and protein biochemistry for structural biology applications. 

Essential Functions:  

  • Independently performs method validations, method transfers and analytical testing of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical compounds in a variety of formulations and/or delivery systems. Understands and conforms to methods and protocols applicable to assigned tasks. Designs and executes experiments with minimal supervision.
  • Prepares study protocols, project status reports, final study reports and other project-related technical documents.
  • Communicates data and technical issues to the client and responds to client needs and questions.
  • Mentors, trains and coordinates laboratory activities of other team members and assists in troubleshooting instrument and analytical problems.
  • Assists with quality systems and new equipment.
  • Assists in designing method validation or method transfer protocols and establish project timelines.
  • Reviews, interprets, and analyzes data for technical, quality and compliance to protocols, methods, SOPs, client criteria and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) or Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). Performs self and peer review of the data for accuracy and compliance with reporting requirements prior to submission to QA and issuance to customers.

 

 

Education and Experience:  


Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification

Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 5 years).

In some cases an equivalency, consisting of a combination of appropriate education, training and/or directly related experience, will be considered sufficient for an individual to meet the requirements of the role.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • Previous experience with molecular cloning, DNA extraction, cell culture, protein expression using bacterial and mammalian expression systems, and protein purification and characterization is essential. Experience in structural biology (X-ray crystallography OR cryo-electron microscopy) preferred
  • Experience working in a lab environment in the areas of protein expression, purification and characterization. Prior experience with methods for protein expression and purification for structural biology applications strongly preferred.
  • Full understanding of laboratory requirements, PPD & client SOPs, ICH guidelines, USP requirements and FDA guidance
  • Contributes information as requested
  • Ensures accuracy of information provided
  • Ensures timely sharing of information
  • Collects, generates, and presents scientific data
  • Understands and follows work instructions and/or standard protocols and procedures
  • Understands scientific presentations by team members required for own job activities
  • Understands and applies job-relevant processes (e.g. performance management, development planning, key performance indicators, work instructions, environment health and safety compliance)
  • Understands timelines and resource management
  • Understands operating procedures and/or internal policies required to maintain quality standards and to protect intellectual property
  • Reviews and/or authors laboratory journals

Working Environment:  


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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