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Thermo Fisher Scientific Associate Scientist - ddPCR in Boston, Massachusetts

Thermo Fisher's clinical research business is a leading global contract research organization and world leader in serving science. We are passionate, deliberate, and driven by our mission – to enable our customers to make the world healthier, safer, and cleaner.

Within our Analytical Services team, we have a functional service provider solution, which is a unique partnership that allows our customers to leverage the experience of our staff, while allowing you, the employee, to gain direct experience working onsite at a pharmaceutical/ biopharmaceutical company, all while maintaining full-time benefits.

As an Associate Scientist, you will join the Cell and Gene Therapy Group to support the Analytical Development Team.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate sample characterization (sample tracking, inventory, and testing) and data management/data integrity initiatives

  • Develop and execute routinely automated high-throughput purification of viral vectors in support of AAV Process Development and Cell Therapy activities.

  • Support HT-purification performance characterization using quantification assays, but not limited to, ddPCR and capsid ELISA.

  • Involved in troubleshooting, optimizing, and trend assay performance.

  • Involved in developing real time monitoring assays under PAT initiative for cell & gene therapy manufacturing.

  • Stay up-to-date on current technologies and methodologies to incorporate PAT tools in, but not limited to, cell & gene therapy manufacturing.

  • Involved in writing the technical report, project progress reports, analytical development protocols and reports.

  • Maintain excellent written documentation (e.g., lab notebook and test forms)

  • Assist with lab organization and compliance with lab safety protocols

  • This position is lab-based and requires 80% lab testing and 20% sample/data management.

At PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific 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.  

To learn how PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific can advance your career, apply now!

*Education and Experience: *

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

  • Previous industry experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job:

  • Associate Scientist: With a bachelor’s degree comparable to 0-2+ 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:

  • Experience with or understanding of robotic liquid handers (TECAN, Hamilton or other) and their operating software (Fluent Gx, VENUS, or other) for automated sample preparation.

  • Hands-on experience on or understanding of robocolumns, filter plates, chromatography, and filtration methods used in bioprocessing.

  • Understanding of bioprocessing, gene therapy process development- USP and DSP.

  • Understanding of QbD and PAT principles in biotherapeutic and vaccine manufacturing.

  • Team player, innovative, collaborative, and initiative.

Working Environment:

PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific values the health and well-being 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.

  • As a condition of employment with PPD, in this role, you must have received your Covid-19 vaccine and you must disclose proof of your vaccination status upon employment.

Our 4i Values:

Integrity – Innovation – Intensity – Involvement

If you resonate with our 4i values above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world’s most urgent health needs, submit your application – we’d love to hear from you!

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.