Senior Scientist, Analytical Methods

Senior Scientist, Analytical Methods

This position is to design and execute independent research that supports R&D projects. The Senior Scientist is primarily responsible for performing and managing scientific and technical activities, which may also include responsibility for the management of scientific staff. The position will also be part of a research team which develops and validates quality control assays used for vaccines, and which develops and validates tests used to clinical trials of vaccine test articles.
As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies’ success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim’s high regard for our employees
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Independently performs scientific experiments with a predefined goal including developing new methodologies, protocols and or test procedures that contribute to core group/research goals and reflect expert knowledge; May direct and oversee experimental design and results of technicians and junior level scientists.
  • Develops an understanding of R&D team goals and works effectively toward achieving them; Either assumes departmental responsibility for projects when necessary OR has ability to participate as representative on multiple project teams and contribute to defining expertise-related aspects of overall program goals.
  • Prepares clear technical reports, publications and oral presentations. Independently communicate results in the form of reports and or presentations; Presents responsibly and defends own work at meetings; May deliver updates to senior level management in context of overall project goals.
  • Develops expertise in a specific project-relevant area OR technology; May provide guidance and expertise to advance specific projects OR evaluate and propose new technologies and concepts in support of multiple projects.
  • Keeps abreast of relevant literature; Develops visibility outside of functional area.
  • Assumes responsibility for direct reports as needed including recruiting, managing, mentoring and developing scientific staff.
  • Complies with all applicable regulations; Ensures that work performed in area of responsibility is conducted in a safe and compliant manner; Maintains proper records in accordance with SOPs and policies.
  • Contributes to departmental administration; Demonstrates fiscal responsibility with respect to cost of experiments, technology, external collaborations, and travel.
  • Doctoral degree with at least 5 years of practical laboratory experience
  • Master’s degree with at least 10 years of practical laboratory experience
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 15 years practical laboratory experience 
Technical — The individual should have the following technical skills 
  • ELISAs and chemiluminescent or fluorescent binding assays
  • SDS-PAGE and protein blotting
  • HPLC
  • Virus titration or plaque assays
  • Expression assays for GMOs
  • Bacterial enumeration assays such as CFU
  • Focus forming assay
  • Fluorescent cytometry
  • PCR and qPCR
  • Protein purification
  • Monoclonal antibody technology
  • Tissue culture methods
  • Culture of viruses
  • Culture of bacteria
  • Knowledge and experience in validation of biological assays
  • Regulatory — Individual should have training on EU, USDA, and VICH guidelines
  • Direct experience in supervision of 4-6 people. 
Research & Development Team Skills: 
  • Strong critical thinking, excellent communication and problem solving skills.
  • Development of test protocols and preparation of study reports for submission to various regulatory agencies.
  • Individual must have excellent written and verbal communication skills as the position will require cross-departmental interaction as well as interaction with international technical experts.
  • Regulatory — Individual should have training on EU, USDA, and VICH guidelines
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Propose new experimental designs, Conduct probing experiments
  • Plan and conduct scientific/laboratory experiments and evaluate and interpret data
  • Provide training and guidance to laboratory personnel
  • Prepare technical reports, publications and oral presentations
  • Act as a leader in absence of supervisor
  • Appropriate level of understanding of applicable regulations
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction
  • Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
Our Culture:
Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and operates globally with approximately 50,000 employees.  Since our founding in 1885, the company has remained family-owned and today we are committed to creating value through innovation in three business areas including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing.  Since we are privately held, we have the ability to take an innovative, long-term view.   Our focus is on scientific discoveries and the introduction of truly novel medicines that improve lives and provide valuable services and support to patients and their families.  Employees are challenged to take initiative and achieve outstanding results. Ultimately, our culture and drive allows us to maintain one of the highest levels of excellence in our industry. We are also deeply committed to our communities and our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen the neighborhoods where we live and work.  Boehringer Ingelheim, including Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc., Merial Barceloneta, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status, including protected veteran status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.
Boehringer Ingelheim is firmly committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, productive and efficient work environment for our employees, partners and customers. As part of that commitment, Boehringer Ingelheim conducts pre-employment verifications and drug screenings.



  Research & Development

Primary Location

  Americas-US-MO-Saint Joseph

Other Locations



  US-Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health



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Posted on

October 14, 2019