Senior Scientist, Bioassay Development

Pearl River, New York
October 14 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist

This is a laboratory-based position within the Vaccine Research and Development - Analytical Development group. The candidate will develop robust analytical assays in support of early vaccine development for a range of moieties such as proteins, mRNA, and glycoconjugates. Assays include molecular biology-based techniques such as but not limited to ddPCR, qPCR, RT-PCR, nucleic acid (NA) extraction and cloning, and gel electrophoresis . In addition, the candidate will provide analytical support for bioprocess and formulation development by performing routine and non-routine sample testing.

  • The individual is expected to be familiar with the specific requirements and the associated guidelines for bioassays, as well as be familiar with the ICH guidelines for method qualification.
  • Contribute to the selection of the methodology and techniques to be used.
  • Independently design, plan, and execute assay development, qualification and transfer studies to support the release, stability and characterization of vaccine candidates
  • Independently analyze, interpret, provide conclusions and present experimental data internally
  • Perform routine sample analysis
  • Collaborate with colleagues within Vaccine Research and Development - Bioprocess, Analytical, and Formulation Development and appropriate partner lines
  • Author and review laboratory methods and reports
  • Keep abreast of scientific/ technological development by participating in scientific meetings/ seminars and through regular scientific review
  • Where applicable, perform job responsibilities in compliance with GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements
  • Perform timely notebook entries and review for completed experiments.

  • PhD in Molecular biology, Biochemistry, or related discipline with at least 2 years of academic, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology postdoctoral experience or an MS plus 7 years of related work experience is required.
  • Experience in vaccine analytical assay development is essential.
  • A strong background in molecular biology techniques and qualification using ICH guidelines is essential.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software is desirable. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.

  • Experience with applying these methodologies to biomolecules, such as DNA and RNA is preferred. Proficiency and ability to utilize techniques such as qPCR, ddPCR, RT-PCR, NA sequencing, gel electrophoresis to develop methods to analyze potential vaccine antigens and other vaccine components.
  • Background in nucleic acid structure, function and characterization is a major plus.
  • Experience with documentation of laboratory notebook in an electronic format.


Standard laboratory conditions - sitting, standing, primarily lab based

Ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis


Occasional travel might be needed based on business needs

Other Job Details

Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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