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The Associate Scientist will use their skills and knowledge in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry to discover and optimize biopharmaceuticals and vaccines.  The incumbent will participate in biotherapeutic molecule discovery efforts (e.g., monoclonal antibodies) in the Elanco Research and Breakthrough Innovation Laboratories by performing cell-based protein expression campaigns.

This position will be responsible for managing a medium throughput, transient-expression based recombinant protein production workflow, from vector assembly, to transfection, through harvest and characterization of expressed molecules. Position is laboratory-based and will require routine interaction with senior scientists across multiple discovery and core research laboratories at Elanco.  The incumbent scientist will be expected to support multiple projects at any given time, and therefore must possess superb documentation and organizational skills  The ability to independently execute experiments and a drive to contribute to a larger team is essential.


Functions, Duties, Tasks:

  • Use standard molecular biology cloning techniques (including Gibson and In-Fusion) to assemble and verify mammalian expression vectors
  • Medium throughput, parallel transient transfections of suspension cell cultures (293, CHO) for protein expression studies
  • Create stable, recombinant cell pools
  • Clone cells by limited dilution or FACs
  • Perform and optimize protein expression workflows including scale-up, feed addition, monitoring of viability and productivity using analytical instrumentation
  • Assess critical quality attributes of the expressed protein via PAGE, CE and other biochemical techniques
  • Demonstrate proficiency at data reporting, interpretation, and trending.
  • Demonstrate good documentation skills with regard to raw data recording and protocol authoring


Basic Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum BS degree in a relevant scientific discipline (molecular biology,  microbiology, cell biology, immunology, or biochemistry)
  • Knowledge and experience in handling and manipulating 293 and CHO suspension cell cultures
  • At least 2 years of experience working on R&D projects in the human or animal health industries.
  • Effective oral and written communications skills.
  • High personal ethical and quality standards.
  • Exceptional problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Must be able to work productively in an interdisciplinary team environment


Additional Preferences:

  • MS degree and demonstrable subject matter expertise in a relevant scientific disciple (as above)
  • Demonstrated experience with high-throughput cloning reactions
  • Proven project leadership skills

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