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Avantor, Inc. Research Scientist - Viral Vector Research in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Job SummaryThe Scientist is responsible for hands-on execution of various project activities from innovation project conception to completion by working closely with customers globally. He/she multitasks in their dynamic position through planning and defining project activities in close partnership with R&D, marketing, sales, supply chain, quality, operations, project management and external customers. He/she will develop and use novel approaches and tools such as agile, scrum or sprint to execute project in a collaborative team environment to drive project successful completion. As a part of the customer engagement model, he/she will travel and work at customer sites as needed to successfully implement the project.


  • Develops ideas, formulates concepts to test, test feasibility, develops , and commercializes the product

  • Develops project plan and detailed activities and executes various tasks to complete project within desired timeframe by finding and using innovative approaches to get things done.

  • Conducts hands on technical experiments such as includes cell culture, molecule interaction studies, protein / viral vector purification, stability studies, and analysis of samples using available analytical instruments.

  • Facilitates and participates in daily, weekly and monthly project check-in meetings and adjusts plan and activities based on feedback to complete project on time

  • Presents finding and project outcome and value proposition at internal or customer meetings, industry associations and conferences

  • Takes initiative to identify and implement innovative approaches and new methodologies by searching literature and/or participating in discussions

  • Participates in innovation strategy planning sessions Complies with all safety, environmental and quality policies and procedures

  • Performs other duties as assigned with or without accommodation

QUALIFICATIONS (Education/Training, Experience and Certifications)

  • BS/BA with 3+ years experience or MS in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, cell biology, chemical engineering, or bioengineering with academic or industrial laboratory experience in protein/viral vector development, cell culture, purification and/or analysis.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct hands-on laboratory experiments and project planning/execution with minimal supervision required

  • Experience with safe laboratory practices and procedures

  • P r e v i o u s ex p e r i e n ce w o r k i n g i n a GLP/ G M P fa c il i ty and/or relevant industry knowledge is a plu s

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those necessary to perform the job competently)

  • Strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or cell biology with general understanding of virology and cell biology.

  • Working knowledge of fast protein liquid chromatography purification techniques, systems, and software for viral vector and protein purification

  • Familiarity in performing qPCR, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, and ELISA

  • Experience with cell culture maintenance, cellular transfections, infectious titer and MOI is preferred

  • Excellent collaborative and communication skills

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of information in written, verbal and diagram formats

  • Strong sense of urgency, initiative, and drive for results

  • Collaborative decision-making skills

  • Detail oriented; strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Strong organization and prioritization skills


The work environment is a laboratory/office setting, and the appropriate PPE will be required in designated areas.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with a job.

DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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AvantorĀ® is a leading global provider of integrated, tailored solutions for the life sciences and advanced technology industries. Strengthened by the recent acquisition of VWR, the Company is a trusted partner to customers and suppliers from discovery to delivery. With operations in more than 30 countries and a diverse portfolio that includes more than four million products, Avantor enables customer success through innovation, cGMP manufacturing and comprehensive service offerings. Collectively, we set science in motion to create a better world.

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