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The Associate Scientist will use their skills and knowledge in Protein Biochemistry and Cell Biology 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 bioassays.

This position will be responsible for implementing and optimizing a panel of assays to evaluate biopharmaceutical activity, potency, and/or binding kinetics, along with evaluation of the biophysical and biochemical properties (e.g., solubility, stability, aggregation, charge, and homogeneity) of biologic drug candidates.  This 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.  The ability to independently execute experiments, maintain focus, and show initiative is essential


Functions, Duties, Tasks:

  • Execute and optimize cell-based and in vitro assays to evaluate biopharmaceutical properties (e.g., activity, potency, binding kinetics).
  • Execute and optimize cell-based assays to interrogate the effector functions of veterinary antibodies.
  • Perform protein developability analyses using a variety of modalities including capillary electrophoresis (cIEF and CE-SDS), HPLC (HIC, analytical size exclusion), dynamic light scattering, differential scanning calorimetry, solubility determination, and melting curve analyses.
  • Demonstrate proficiency at data reporting, interpretation, and trending.
  • Demonstrate good documentation skills with regard to raw data recording and protocol authoring


Minimum Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum BS degree in a relevant scientific discipline (molecular biology,  microbiology, analytical chemistry, cellular biology, or biochemistry)
  • Practical experience with ligand-binding assays e.g, ELISA, MSD, Gyrolab
  • Practical experience with HPLC analysis of protein-based drug biophysical characteristics
  • Practical experience with cell-based signaling assays
  • 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)
  • Proven project leadership skills
  • Molecular biology skills including vector design and construction to build custom cell-based signal reporter assays
  • Knowledge and experience in monoclonal antibody bioassays including ADCC assays and/or anti-drug antibody assays.


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