WuXi AppTec

  • Senior Scientist, Molecular Biology

    Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
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  • Overview

    Independent scientist who demonstrates innovative technical knowledge and significantly contributes to the overall operations of the lab. Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills and actively contributes to training, report generation and documentation.  Demonstrates strong supervisory skills and contributes to the achievement of company and departmental goals and objectives.  Performs and directs assays according to and in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and/or Points to Consider (PTC) guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs


    • As assigned by Management, supervises, plans and reviews operations for assigned staff, including responsibility for training, managing and evaluating as well as coordinating, scheduling and assigning work and maintaining facility's standards.
    • Recommends hire/transfer/promotion/discharge and salary changes and acts on employee problems.
    • Conducts employee performance appraisals in a timely and objective manner.
    • As assigned by Management, acts as Technical Reviewer or Principal Investigator for assigned assays and assumes all associated responsibilities.
    • Responsible for appropriately conducting assays in accordance with cGMPs.
    • Assures that laboratory personnel are following all company SOPs and safety rules.
    • Prepares and revises technical documents (Laboratory Protocols, SOPs, etc.)
    • Assures that batch records and other paperwork are completed according to cGMPs and company SOPs.
    • Provides technical information to clients and prospects as needed.
    • Reviews Final Reports for protocols assigned Technical Reviewer and participates in critical review and interpretation of test results.
    • Conducts critical review of results and reports data to appropriate internal staff.
    • Reports observations of ongoing tests to appropriate internal staff.
    • Interacts with pertinent internal departments (i.e. Quality Assurance and Project Management) to assure that appropriate testing information is effectively communicated and documented.
    • Effectively interacts with clients to address scientific and related issues.
    • Interacts with subcontractors (as appropriate) and assumes responsibility to ensure timely and accurate completion of all subcontracted assays.
    • Designs and coordinates scientific development projects from inception to completion for the development of new assays and for assay improvements.
    • 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.
    • Works alongside supervisor and/or senior management to ensure the success of the laboratory and meet study deadlines
    • Ability to work in a team environment and independently as required
    • Maybe 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 Laboratory Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices
    • Other duties as assigned
    • May be required to assist in other departments


    Job Requirements:


    Experience / Education   

    • A minimum of 10 years or more of relevant experience or equivalent with Bachelors’ degree, a minimum of 7 years or more with a Masters’ degree or a minimum of 3 years or more with a PhD.
    • Bachelors’, Masters’, or PhD in Molecular Biology or equivalent experience
    • Preferred (Ex. AALAC certifications, SPHR)

    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

    • Proficient in Oral & Written communication skills
    • Need to be able to read, write and understand English (Mandarin)
    • Proficient in Microsoft (Excel, Word, Outlook)
    • Travel is required X% , Domestic/International, Daily / Overnight

    Physical Requirements:

    • Must be able to work in an office environment with minimal noise conditions.
    • Must be able to work in Lab setting with exposure to Animals/biohazards / Chemicals (List specific Chemicals)
    • Must be able to wear appropriate PPE
    • Must be able to work in environment with variable noise levels
    • Ability to stand /Sit/walk for long periods of time
    • Ability to Lift X lbs routinely
    • Ability to crouch, bend, twist, and reach
    • Ability to push/pull X lbs routinely/ often / occasionally
    • Clarity of Vision
    • Ability to identify and distinguish colors
    • Must be able to perform activities with repetitive motions
    • Ability to climb Ladders / Stairs / Scaffolding
    • Ability to work in variable temperatures high to freezing
    • Inside/outside working conditions

    Our Values:


    Integrity & Dedication, Working Together & Sharing Success; Do the Right Thing & Do it Right.


    Our greatest asset is our people, WuXi is dedicated to providing opportunities for internal growth with direct access to a dedicated and accessible Human Resources team.


    WuXi AppTec provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.


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