WuXi AppTec

  • Associate Scientist, Molecular Biology (1st Shift, Tues-Sat)

    Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
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  • Overview

    Performs and directs assays according to and in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and/or Points to Consider (PTC) guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
    Sufficiently competent in science to initiate and carry out scientific development projects related to the development of new assays, initiation of new programs, assay validations and associated projects. Schedules and directs assays under the supervision of the Technical Reviewer. Assists with training junior staff members. Performs Research & Development activities and acts as Technical Reviewer as required. Assists supervisor with day-to-day lab management duties. Correctly analyzes scientific data with accuracy and precision.


    • Demonstrates scientific technical expertise.
    • Effectively communicates and defends science through written and verbal communication.
    • Presents technical seminars and provides training on areas of technical expertise and compliance issues relevant to the lab setting.
    • Reviews and signs lab notebooks
    • Conducts and directs assays and lab procedures according to and in compliance with cGMP, CFR and/or PTC guidelines and SOPs.
    • Accurately completes batch records and other required documentation according to and in compliance with cGMP, CFR and/or PTC guidelines and SOPs.
    • Contributes independently to overall scientific rigor through objective laboratory investigation.
    • Demonstrates proficiency in scientific theory and rigorous practical application in the completion of lab procedures.
    • Conducts critical review of results and reports data to Technical Reviewer or supervisor.
    • As assigned by Management, acts as Technical Reviewer for specific assays and assumes all associated responsibilities.
    • Independently initiates and carries out scientific development projects relating to the development of new assays.
    • Trains new personnel in lab procedures.
    • Effectively interacts with clients as required.
    • Performs Research & Development activities as required.
    • Maintains laboratory notebook and follows all general and laboratory SOPs.
    • Performs assays using appropriate laboratory techniques for lab group assigned to.
    • Communicates with supervisor and other colleagues re: daily lab activities
    • Provides operational support for Molecular Biology activities including (Ex. media/buffer preparation, cleaning activities, and equipment/materials staging/ Aseptic Technique).
    • Works on routine assignments per written procedures, where ability to recognize deviation from accepted practice is required.
    • Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work and detailed instructions on new assignments.
    • Works with supervisor to schedule lab work
    • Ability to work in a team environment and independently as required
    • May be required to work Holidays and weekends
    • Contributes to the overall operations and to the achievement of departmental goals
    • Perform job specific tasks in compliance with applicable Regulations, International Standards, and WuXi AppTec Policies and Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Thorough understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices
    • Other duties as assigned
    • May be required to assist in other departments

    The hours of this position are 1st shift, Tuesday-Saturday)


    Experience / Education   

    • A minimum of 3 years’ experience with a Master’s degree with major in Biological Sciences or science related major or equivalent training and/or experience; or a minimum of 5 years with a Bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience.


    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

    • Specialized training in laboratory techniques used in assigned laboratory is required.
    • Knowledge of cGMP guidelines is preferred.
    • Ability to use judgment as dictated by complexity of situation.
    • Ability to work under limited supervision and to handle problems of a more difficult nature.
    • Ability to accomplish the described duties through the use of appropriate laboratory equipment (i.e. biohazard hood, centrifuge, incubator, and autoclave) and computer equipment and software. (i.e. Microsoft Word, Outlook).
    • Ability to accurately and reproducibly perform arithmetic calculations including fractions, decimals and percentages and basic algebraic and geometric calculations
    • Clarity of vision at near and mid-ranges (less than 20 feet), depth perception and ability to identify and distinguish colors
    • Proficient in Verbal & Written communication skills
    • Need to be able to read, write and understand English
    • Proficient in Microsoft (Excel, Word, Outlook)
    • No travel is required

    Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled


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