Assoc Research Scientist - Extractables & Leachables

Athlone, Ireland
23 Jul 2021
22 Aug 2021
R & D , Laboratory
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Associate Research Scientist - E&L


We are vital links between an idea for a new medicine and the people who need it. We are the people of PPD — thousands of employees in locations worldwide connected by tenacity and passion for our purpose: to improve health . You will be joining a truly collaborative and winning culture as we strive to bend the time and cost curve of delivering life-saving therapies to patients.

Envision a workplace where you have a direct impact on improving health, work alongside expert scientists, use newest technologies and collaborate with industry thought leaders and therapeutic experts. Welcome to PPD® Laboratories, where science is our passion, quality is our commitment and people are the cornerstone of our success.

Our GMP Laboratory based in Athlone is one of PPD's fastest growing locations and due to this continued expansion we are looking to recruit Associate Research Scientist to join our Extractables & Leachables team in Pharma division.

As an Associate Research Scientist you will act as a subject matter expert within the E&L team in our pharma group. They will lead scientific projects and provide full analytical testing support including method development, validation and transfer.

  • Independently performs analytical testing
  • Coordinates all aspects of method development, method optimization/validation and method transfers
  • Interface with clients on scientific issues, study design, and project technical requirements
  • Provides technical guidance and training to staff.
  • Leads analytical (procedural and instrumental) troubleshooting sessions.
  • Plan, direct and implement improvements in systems and processes.
  • Assists in preparation and implementation of SOPs and quality systems.
  • Reviews, interprets, and analyzes data for technical, quality and compliance to protocols, methods, SOPs, client criteria and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) or Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).
  • Performs self and peer review of the data for accuracy and compliance with reporting requirements prior to submission to QA and issuance to customers.



Are you a subject matter expert in extractables & leachables and you want to grow your career with a growing company? Then you should have:
  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field (i.e. Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry)
  • 5+ years experience that provides the knowledge and skills to perform the job
  • Significant industry experience within an analytical testing laboratory and GMP environment is essential
  • Experienced in method development and validation
  • This person should be an SME in Extractables & Leachables and running E&L projects, developing methods, etc
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong technical mentoring skills
  • Understanding of projects and budgets
  • Ability to plan, organize and work to deadlines

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognise the power of being one team. We understand that you will want to grow both professionally and personally throughout your career, and therefore at PPD you will benefit from an award-winning learning and development programme , ensuring you reach your potential.

As well as being rewarded a competitive salary, we have an extensive benefits package based around the health and well-being of our employees. We have a flexible working culture , where PPD truly value a work-life balance. We've grown sustainably year on year but continue to offer a collaborative environment, with teams of colleagues eager to share expertise and have fun together. We are a global organisation but with a local feel.


  • Annual salary reviews
  • Company paid pension contribution
  • Medical insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Non-contractual annual bonus
  • Innovative work

- We have a strong will to win - We earn our customer's trust - We are gamechangers - We do the right thing -We are one PPD -

If you resonate with our five principles above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world's most urgent health needs, then please submit your application - we'd love to hear from you.


As we are likely to receive many applications, sometimes we are unable to provide feedback to everyone.