WuXi AppTec

Associate Scientist I

Job Locations US-NJ-Cranbury
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WuXi AppTec is a leading global pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device open-access capability and technology platform with global operations. As an innovation-driven and customer-focused platform, WuXi AppTec Group provides a broad and integrated portfolio of services to help our worldwide customers and partners shorten the discovery and development time and lower the

cost of drug and medical device R&D through cost-effective and efficient solutions.

At our Laboratory Testing Division, we provide a world class, globally integrated testing solution for drug development and medical device innovation. We enable scientists to transform ideas into the best healthcare products, accelerate the race from bench to bedside, and ultimately improve human life.

Our New Jersey site specializes in small molecule bioanalytical, drug metabolism, and pharmacokinetic services to the pharmaceutical, animal health and agrochemical industries.  We are seeking an Associate Scientist I within our PreClinical  Group located in Cranbury, NJ. 



Job Summary: Plans and carries out quantitative whole body autoradiography (QWBA) experiments and associated research assignments. Operates lab equipment including microtome and scanners. Performs introductory tissue distribution estimates for QWBA images. Participates on in vivo experiments on rodents as required.


Essential Job Functions:

  • With limited supervision, performs routine autoradiography-specific analytical functions, which may include: freezing and blocking of carcasses; preparation and blocking of standards; sectioning; imaging plate exposure; imaging plate scanning; autoradioluminogram analysis.
  • With limited supervision, performs routine analytical functions, which may include: sample processing; quantification of total radioactivity in samples (using oxidizers and liquid scintillation counters); data entry into LIMS (Lab Logic Debra)
  • Trains on various techniques to become proficient in QWBA techniques.
  • Under regular close supervision, performs routine in vivo experimental functions in rodents, which may include: sample collections, sample analysis, tissue freezing, and euthanasia procedures.
  • Performs laboratory waste management duties.
  • Escorts service engineers to the appropriate work area or instrumentation and assist with troubleshooting the event.
  • Participates in supply inventory and helps in ordering specific supplies (JDE system).
  • Under limited supervision, individual performs routine laboratory techniques and procedures.
  • Receives specific instructions on assigned task and expected results.
  • Delivers accurate results on assigned tasks within the expected timeframe.
  • Understands the study and method, troubleshoots unexpected results.
  • Maintains research notebooks in a well-organized manner.  All necessary documentation is recorded.
  • Performs routine calculations; tabulates, and records results.
  • Prepares standard solutions used in the laboratory.
  • Prepares accurate data summary with minimal supervision.
  • Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment.
  • Complies with all safety rules, practices good housekeeping, and maintains safe workplace without supervision.
  • Learns and enhances technical knowledge of pharmaceutical areas, DMPK, ADME, In Life, Metabolism, and Bioanalysis.
  • Is proficient in sample processing and sample analysis.
  • Follows company’s safety policies, practices and procedures in order to maintain a safe work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.




Job Requirements

Experience / Education:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in animal science, biology, or a related discipline.
  • 0-3 years of relevant experience in animal research or related field, or equivalent.
  • Associate’s degree in animal science, biology, or a related discipline
  • >6 years related experience or equivalent education, experience, and training.
  • Any similar combination of education and experience or work equivalent experience.


Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  • Has a basic understanding of scientific discipline
  • Ability to perform preliminary lab work with supervision after training
  • Ability to follow instructions to perform required procedures
  • Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within drug discovery and development R&D laboratory settings
  • Well organized, detail oriented, and adaptable to changes
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills: knowledge of internet research, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Good time management skill in order to perform of multiple projects within deadlines
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Follow and adhere to nonGLP guidelines/SOPs consistent with WuXi AppTec requirement


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a laboratory/office environment with laboratory noise conditions.
  • Must be able to work in Lab setting with exposure to Animals/Biohazards/ 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 20 lbs occasionally
  • Ability to crouch, bend, twist, and reach
  • Ability to push/pull 20 lbs occasionally
  • Clarity of vision
  • Ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • Must be able to perform activities with repetitive motions
  • Ability to climb ladders /stairs
  • Ability to work in variable temperatures warm to freezing
  • Inside working conditions


An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability


This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position.  Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by Management.



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