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Thermo Fisher Scientific Scientist: Molecular Biology - Labs FSP in Rockville, Maryland

Job Description

Thermo Fisher''s clinical research business is a leading global contract research organization and world leader in serving science. We are passionate, deliberate, and driven by our mission - to enable our customers to make the world healthier, safer, and cleaner.

Within our Analytical Services team, we have a functional service provider solution, which is a unique partnership that allows our customers to leverage the experience of our staff, while allowing you, the employee, to gain direct experience working onsite at a pharmaceutical/ biopharmaceutical company, all while maintaining full-time benefits.

Are you interested in the design and development of analytical methods to support product and process development? If so, this PPD-Scientist role could be an ideal opportunity to explore.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in RNA in vitro transcription techniques and familiarity with RNA based vaccine technology

  • Comfortable with cell-based assays to evaluate viral vector-based vaccine candidates, for example FACS analysis or High-Content Imaging

  • Experience operating liquid-handling robotics systems (Tecan, Hamilton)

  • Knowledge in innate immunity

Basic Qualifications:

  • Hands-on experience in cell culture

  • Experience in cell-based assays using flow cytometry and microscopy

  • Experience in molecular biology and cloning, including gibson cloning, mutagenesis, RNA production and isolation.

  • Familiar with common molecular biology software e.g. Geneious

Education and Experience:

Bachelor''s degree in molecular biology, cell biology, virology, or other vaccinology-related discipline or equivalent and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification

Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 4+ years).

In some cases, an equivalency, consisting of a combination of appropriate education, training and/or directly related experience, will be considered sufficient for an individual to meet the requirements of the role.


  • To provide expertise in the areas of DNA cloning, in-vitro RNA transcription and cell-based assay characterization of vaccine candidates

  • Work with other scientists to design and develop new assays and technologies to support RNA vaccine generation and evaluation

  • Experience in high-throughput workflows for molecular biology and cell biology processes to generate and characterize vaccine candidates is a plus

Working Environment: * *

  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.  

  • Able to work upright and stationary and/or standing for typical working hours.  

  • Able to lift and move objects up to 25 pounds  

  • Able to work in non-traditional work environments.  

  • Able to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.

  • May have exposure to potentially hazardous elements, including infectious agents, typically found in healthcare or laboratory environments. 

  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.    

As a condition of employment with Thermo Fisher/PPD, in this role, you must have received your Covid-19 vaccine and you must disclose proof of your vaccination status upon employment.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.