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PPD Associate Research Scientist - Vaccine Sciences Team, Research & Development. in Richmond, Virginia

Associate Research Scientist - Vaccine Sciences Team, Research & Development.

Location: Richmond, VA (office-based position at the Richmond, VA labs campus)

Position: Full time with benefits, relocation support available.

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. 

As an Associate Research Scientist, you will be responsible for the regulatory and scientific conduct of development, validation, stability projects, and/or other specialty technologies such as extractable/leachable studies.

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:

Responsible for the regulatory and scientific conduct of development, validationof vaccine assays using a variety of serological and functional assays, calculates and interprets data, and records data in adherence with PPD SOPs and any additional requirements specific to the lab and / or client. Routinely acts as the technical project leader for multiple projects, interacts with clients on a weekly basis (or as needed) to provide updates, reviews and evaluates data, writes reports and protocols.

Essential Functions:  

  • Independently performs analytical testing, method optimization/validation,

  • Understands and conforms to methods, and protocols applicable to assigned tasks. Designs and executes experiments independently.

  • Communicates data and technical issues to clients on a weekly basis (or as needed).

  • Provides technical guidance and training to staff.

  • Leads analytical (procedural and instrumental) troubleshooting sessions.

  • Assists in preparation and implementation of SOPs and quality systems.

  • Reviews, interprets, and analyzes data for technical, quality and compliance to protocols, methods, SOPs, client criteria

  • Performs self and peer review of the data for accuracy and compliance with reporting requirements prior to submission to QA and issuance to customers.

To learn how PPD can advance your career, apply now!

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*Richmond BioA Labs Overview: *

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*PPD LinkedIn Video Landing Page: *

https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/ppd-laboratories/?feedView=videos

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Education and Experience:  

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification

  • Previous work experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable 6 years) or equivalent combination of education, training, & experience.

  • OR Masters degree and previous work experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable 4 years)

  • OR PhD and previous work experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable 2 years) (preferred)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to independently perform assay development and design, validation and optimization as well as root cause analysis for method investigations

  • Ability to analyze and interpret data generated from a variety of assays and form recommendations and inquiries as needed

  • Experience with vaccine assayssuch as serological (ELISA) and,functional(Neutralizing antibody detection)assays, Cell Based Assays, Cell Culture

  • Proficiency on technical operating systems

  • Proven problem solving and troubleshooting abilities

  • Proven ability in technical writing skills

  • Time management and project management skills

  • Good written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to work in a collaborative work environment with a team

  • Ability totrain, mentor, and supervisejunior staff

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 Benefits Overview:_

PPD offers comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, employee assistance program, wellness program options and more.

_Other benefits include:_

401k with matching contributions, life insurance, long term and short-term disability insurance, flexible medical and dependent care spending accounts.

Work life balance programs including paid time off for vacation/sick time, paid holidays, floating holiday and vacation sell back program.

Wellness benefits including health and wellness programs, fitness facility access or discount, health coaching and more.

Education reimbursement and tuition assistance programs, professional development training, skills training, education loan repayment plan, dependent scholarship program and more.

Employee appreciation events, service recognition awards, annual reviews, merit plans and bonus plans

Community connections and activities including philanthropic engagement, volunteer service projects and more

Other great options including pet insurance, legal and financial services plan, auto and home insurance discounts.

_PPD Benefits Overview:_

PPD offers comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, employee assistance program, wellness program options and more.

_Other benefits include:_

401k with matching contributions, life insurance, long term and short-term disability insurance, flexible medical and dependent care spending accounts.

Work life balance programs including paid time off for vacation/sick time, paid holidays, floating holiday and vacation sell back program.

Wellness benefits including health and wellness programs, fitness facility access or discount, health coaching and more.

Education reimbursement and tuition assistance programs, professional development training, skills training, education loan repayment plan, dependent scholarship program and more.

Employee appreciation events, service recognition awards, annual reviews, merit plans and bonus plans

Community connections and activities including philanthropic engagement, volunteer service projects and more

Other great options including pet insurance, legal and financial services plan, auto and home insurance discounts.

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Job: *Labs

Organization: *US BU

Title: *Associate Research Scientist - Vaccine Sciences Team, Research & Development. *

Location: VA-Richmond-Richmond VA Dabney Rd

Requisition ID: 192734

PPD is an affirmative action employer that values diversity as a strength fosters and environment of mutual respect. PPD provides equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or other status within any other protected group

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