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Associate Scientist - Viral Clearance


A career at our company is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 57,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others.




As Associate Scientist – Viral Clearance you will be part of the Process Solutions Services team that designs and delivers Viral Clearance validation studies for biopharmaceutical companies across the China region. In this role you will conduct a variety of tasks to support GLP/ GMP operations, perform cell culture and virus titration assays, and maintain the testing laboratories and equipment in the validated state. You will carry out client studies with appropriate regulatory compliance under the oversight of the Study Director and work side-by-side with onsite clients, independently performing client activities and viral inactivations as required.  As part of your daily responsibilities you will also initiate and support investigations, lead lab improvement projects, and generate SOP’s as required. The Associate Scientist will work closely with the scientists and laboratory personnel to execute client studies on time and right first time. 


The post holder will be able to perform the following functions. 


Brief role description: 

  • Supports set-up of new facility and executes assay transfer and start-up of Viral Clearance lab operations 

  • Works within the Viral Clearance laboratories following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and relevant compliance regulations 

  • Performs cell culture and virus titration assays to ensure routine studies are completed on time 

  • Accurately and promptly records data to meet appropriate scientific and GLP/GMP regulatory standards 

  • Works side-by-side with onsite clients performing scale-down purification operations in the lab 

  • Independently performs virus spiking, sample preparation and virus inactivation operations 

  • Performs investigations, handles deviations and owns CAPAs and change controls at site level  

  • May perform lab-scale chromatographic processes and virus filtrations as required 

  • Coaches and trains junior team members on lab procedures and systems 

  • Carries out housekeeping, performs environmental monitoring activities and maintains stock control in the laboratory as required 

  • Ensures a safe and healthy work environment at all times by not only complying with but actively embracing health and safety policies and procedures, ensuring the safety of yourself and others within the workplace 

  • Ensures equipment is maintained in the validated state and works with facility department to ensure timely implementation of periodic maintenance and calibration.  

  • Leads lab projects related to equipment validations, continuous improvement, CAPA’s, assay trending, etc 

  • Generates SOP’s and lab records as required 


The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope of the post. 




  • Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences or higher degree in relevant scientific subject 


  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a regulated environment (GLP/GMP) 

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a scientific laboratory role 

  • Prior experience in any of the following areas will be desirable: 

  • Prior experience in cell culture and/or virology  

  • Demonstrable scientific understanding in downstream bioprocessing (filtration & chromatography)  

  • Hands-on experience with Akta chromatographic systems 

Knowledge & Skills: 

  • Computer literacy and entry of data into databases (LIMS, ELN, SAP, Trackwise) 

  • Ability to complete documentation (both handwritten and electronic) neatly and accurately 

  • English fluency in speaking and writing.  

Core competencies: 

  • Safety and Quality 

  • Adheres to health and safety procedures and actively takes necessary action when encountering unsafe situations 

  • Is organized and pays attention to detail 

  • Adheres to SOPs and protocols, and ensures compliance to site policies and regulations 

  • Problem solving and drive 

  • Can learn new skills and knowledge quickly 

  • Uses logic to solve problems with effective solutions 

  • Enjoys working hard; is action-oriented and determined to provide best-in-class service 

  • Pursues everything with energy, drive and the need to finish, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks 

  • Personal and interpersonal skills 

  • Relates well to all kinds of people in the organization, builds constructive and effective relationships using diplomacy and tact 

  • Is seen as a team player, cooperative and encourages collaboration 

  • Is customer oriented and able to relate with clients from different cultures 

  • The ability to maintain effective working relationships with scientists and other lab personnel will be critical for success in the role  



  • Ability to work overtime or flexible shifts from time to time to cover testing requirements 




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Job Requisition ID:  219824
Location:  Shanghai
Career Level:  C - Professional (1-3 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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