22 May, 2023

Senior Scientist - Upstream Process Development

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Rockville, MD, USA
Lead Engineer, Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Job Description



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.

Essential Functions:  

  • You will perform complex laboratory analysis of pharmaceutical products and proficiently use analytical instrumentation, calculate and analyzes data and record data in adherence with our SOP's and the industry.


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!


Qualifications - External

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:
    • Senior Scientist: With a bachelor’s degree comparable to 4+ years, with a master’s degree comparable to 2+ years, with a PhD 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. 

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiar with large-scale DNA and RNA synthesis.
  • Hands of experience with bioreactor systems and scale up. 
  • Experience and understanding in nucleic acid analytical technologies.
  • Working experience with gene therapies or specifically mRNA-based vaccines or therapeutics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Relevant specific expertise in mRNA purification or very broad & deep expert-level experience & understanding of purification of biomolecules.
  • Have strong track record in nucleic acid research.
  • Have hands-on and in-depth understanding in nucleic acid synthesis, optimization, and quality control.
  • Work independently or with minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency in English is a must
  • Proven problem solving and troubleshooting abilities.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability in technical writing skills.
  • Time management and project management skills.

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.

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