Senior Scientist - Molecular Biology

Athlone, Ireland
11 Jul 2019
10 Aug 2019
R & D , Laboratory
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Between Spark and Innovation - HERE WE ARE

PPD is a leading global contract research organization.

PPD Laboratories offer the most comprehensive set of laboratory services available in the industry. Our GMP laboratory based in Athlone, Ireland offers fully integrated solutions for product development and analytical development.

Gene Therapy is the latest development in Biologics. We are extending the range of services offered by our GMP Labs in Athlone to support Gene Therapy products and have an exciting opportunity for a Molecular Biologist in a Senior Scientist role.

Senior Scientist - Molecular Biology

The role of Senior Scientist within our Biopharm / Cell lab team will be one of a subject matter expert to support the development of this technology on site and interact confidently with our client base.

You will work under minimal supervision and be responsible for the scientific conduct of the project and communicate issues with senior level team members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Performs complex laboratory analysis of pharmaceutical products and proficiently uses analytical instrumentation
  • Calculates and analyses data and records data in adherence with PPD SOP's and the industry.
  • Routinely acts as the project leader on multiple projects, interacts with clients
  • Reviews and evaluates data and writes reports and protocols
  • Independently performs method validations, method transfers and analytical testing
  • Prepares study protocols, project status reports, final study reports and other project-related technical documents.
  • Communicates data and technical issues to the client and responds to client needs and questions.
  • Mentors, trains and coordinates laboratory activities of other team members and assists in troubleshooting instrument and analytical problems.
  • Assists with quality systems and new equipment.
  • Assists in designing method validation or method transfer protocols and establish project timelines.
  • Reviews, interprets, and analyses data for technical, quality and compliance to protocols, methods, SOPs, client criteria and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Performs self and peer review of the data for accuracy and compliance with reporting requirements prior to submission to QA and issuance to customers.


Education & Experience:

  • PhD in Molecular Biology AND
  • Post-Doctoral experience AND
  • qPCR, RNA analysis, DNA analysis experience
  • Cell culture and cell assay experience
  • Cloning, sequencing, and transfection skills

Knowledge, skills and attributes:
  • Proficiency on technical operating systems
  • Proven problem solving and troubleshooting abilities
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability in technical writing skills
  • Time management and project management skills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative work environment with a team
  • Ability to train junior staff
  • GMP experience would be an advantage (ICH guidelines, USP/EP requirements and EMA/FDA regulations)

Do you consider yourself at the cutting edge of gene therapy technologies?

Then we are keen to hear from you!

Benefits you will enjoy at PPD as a Senior Scientist

Competitive Salary & Joining bonus €3,000

Pension scheme
Medical Health Insurance
Annual performance Bonus

Life Insurance

Annual leave: 25 days holiday

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