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Senior Application Scientist – Biotherapeutic CE/Microfluidics

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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  • Full Time
  • Minimal Travel

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Location(s) Hopkinton, Massachusetts Status Regular Job ID JR-033040

Job Summary:

PerkinElmer is seeking a creative and innovative scientist with strong CE (capillary electrophoresis) and/or Microfluidic skills and experience in the field of biotherapeutic applications who can develop, design, and test new CE/Microfluidic assays for automated microfluidic QC applications.  With a focus on biotherapeutic workflows including glycoprotein, mABs and AAV/gene therapy.  Candidates should be detail oriented, passionate and self-motivated. The position involves working both independently and as part of a team that may include customers, applications, academic, engineers, biochemists and/or molecular biologists, commercial and project managers.

The individual is expected to support the global PerkinElmer microfluidic businesses and expand instrument capabilities by working with industry leaders and customers to develop innovative assays and provide application and technical support.  Will also work with field applications to train and share knowledge, create scientific posters, presentations, attend industry conferences and support marketing efforts.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive the development of new biotherapeutic CE and/or Microfluidic sample preparation and analytical separation applications.
  • Translate the needs of a biotherapeutic R&D and QC lab to application requirements.
  • Creates new applications for automated glycoprotein, mAB and viral vector quantification and diagnostics.
  • Evaluate and optimize existing microfluidic assays.
  • Support the lifecycle management of existing assays and instrumentation.
  • Conduct microfluidic assay experiments and analyze/interpret results.
  • Develop new concepts and conduct feasibility studies.
  • Interface with Product Management, Field Application Specialists, Field Sales and customers on new product development and support.
  • Interface with R&D on new product development solutions.
  • Actively maintain professional and technical knowledge at leading edge by seeking out and attending workshops, reviewing technical literature, and participating in professional societies.

Basic Qualifications:

MS in relevant science/engineering field (analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, biophysics) and 3 years assay development experience.


Ph.D. in relevant science/engineering field (analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, biophysics) and 0 years assay development experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three or more years assay development experience for biopharmaceutical application.
  • Direct experience in optimizing and developing protocols/assays in an analytical lab.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and drive novel applications.
  • Strong sense of ownership, self-starter.
  • Experience with Biotherapeutics QC applications and GMP environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret, articulate, and document the results, designs, and tests conducted in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to operate both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with gel electrophoresis, especially CE, genomic & protein analysis and quantitation, DNA & RNA separation and analysis.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • The position requires willingness to travel – up to 10% travel domestic and international.
  • General office atmosphere and laboratory environment workspace.
  • Must be physically capable of working in a laboratory environment.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.

PerkinElmer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. PerkinElmer is committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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