Principal Scientist


Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20879


Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

Contribute to the strategic direction of projects in DVS at EPDG, including contribution to scientific integrity and experimentation and planning project milestones. Collaborate closely with other technical leads across different functions and teams to achieve corporate and divisional goals.  Mentor scientists to develop upstream processes in support of product development.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

•    Leadership –Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Inspires respect and trust; Accepts feedback from others; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
•    Managing People – Participates in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvements; Takes responsibility for assigned activities; Develops skills and encourages growth in teammates; Fosters quality focus in others; Participates setting expectations and monitors activities; Provides recognition for results.
•    Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, analyzing information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
•    Interpersonal – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentially; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
•    Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives.
•    Business Acumen and Ownership – Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Aligns work with strategic goals; Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
•    Integrity - Gain trust and confidence through ethics, quality, and compliance excellence.


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•    Provide direction and understanding of the upstream aspects of the scientific programs at EPDG.
•    Provide mentoring to scientists to develop cell culture and fermentation processes for recombinant proteins and recombinant viruses in support of external customers for the CDMO business unit.
•    Collaborate across functions to build support the design and execution of experimental protocols for developing/optimizing manufacturing processes, process scale and technology transfer to manufacturing organizations within and outside Development Services.
•    Design and lead development of upstream processes and technical advancement for various projects.
•    Contribute to decisions/ recommendations for strategic scientific direction of projects.
•    Act as a representative to external and internal customers as a technical lead and subject matter expert.
•    Participate in report writing, business development, and any form of public presentations, as required for projects, including contribution to regulatory documents as projects move into the IND enabling stage.
•    Review and discuss experimental design and data.
•    Where appropriate lead, coach and develop a team of junior Scientists.
•    Prove project leadership with ability to delegate and generate enthusiasm to ensure timelines and goals are met.

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. 


•    Ph.D. or MS  degree with a minimum 8 years or 15 years, respectively, of related experience (may include post-doctoral) in biochemical engineering or equivalent required. Extensive knowledge of bioprocess unit operations.
•    Hands on experience using micro/mini-bioreactor systems, benchtop bioreactors, SUBs, centrifuges, cross flow filtration as well as scale up equipment suitable for Manufacturing.
•    Good knowledge of appropriate ICH, European and FDA based regulatory guidelines desired.
•    Understanding of Design of Experiments and knowledge of JMP software highly desirable. 
•    Strong familiarity of upstream fermentation and recovery as well as downstream formulation and analytical development.
•    Experience in mentoring junior scientists according to project timelines and milestones.
•    Ability to exercise independent judgment for solving highly complex problems using novel and creative solutions.
•    Experience in delivering technical reports, publications and presentations within a project or core functional area.
•    Proven ability to communicate experimental procedures and results through a variety of projects and group team meetings.


Per CDC guidelines, Emergent strongly recommends that all employees working on site are vaccinated to help ensure their safety, as well as the safety of fellow employees. This includes the use of good judgment when determining when the CDC guidelines advise that you stay home when ill. 

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce.  Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Lead with Integrity
    • We gain trust and confidence through ethics, quality, and compliance excellence
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
    • We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.
  • Own it always
    • Every person at Emergent is engaged and accountable for delivering on our commitments.
  • Break through thinking
    • We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.
  • Compete where it counts
    • We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.

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