Sr Research Associate


San Diego, CA, US, 92121


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.


Emergent Biosolutions is seeking for a highly motivated individual to join the Drug Product Development (DPD) team and will report directly to the Sr. Manager, DPD. This successful candidate will focus on formulation development, process development, and assay supports for clinical phase to post-commercial stages. 


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The candidate will participate in development work and provide analytical support, including but not limited to: 

•    Participate in development work and provide analytical support for the vaccine formulation development. Key example includes but not limited to BCA, ELISA based immunoassay, UV-Vis, HPLC, SDS-PAGE, Karl Fischer Titration, and particle characterizations. 
•    Preparing reagents and formulation buffers to support lab functions
•    Supporting formulation screening and scale-up activities for project teams with cross-functional collaboration
•    Training on project-specific assays and be able to train others 
•    Maintain a clean and sanitary work area in accordance with standard laboratory practice and safety procedures
•    Ensuring compliance with GLP, Document laboratory work consistent with company requirements and other regulatory guidelines
•    Troubleshoot and optimize development protocols when necessary
•    Make detailed observations, consistently analyze data and interpret results to make scientifically valid conclusions
•    Write and revises standard operating procedures (SOP), development protocols and reports.
•    Writing and reviewing SOP and other related GLP/GMP documentation
•    Working in a team-based lab environment. Work productively with other team members as well as on independent assignments

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.


•        Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceutical development or a related field.

•         2+ years of relevant experience in formulation and product development in a biopharmaceutical industry

•        Must be familiar with GMP and GLP guidelines, how to keep a laboratory notebook, and concepts of assays for vaccine characterization such as HPLC/ELISA/TCID50, etc

•        Strong benchtop skills, proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong assessment and problem-solving skills, and strong organizational skills


•    Design, execute and interpret experiments with a high degree of reliability and independence is preferred
•    High capability of multitasking and handling multiple projects at the same time in a fast-paced environment
•    Experience with handling Virus like particle (VLP), Adenovirus, live-attenuated virus and bacterial formulations is preferred
•    Ability to organize development stability studies and manage samples
•    Hands-on experience with molecular biology techniques, e.g. ELISA, BCA, HPLC, SDS-PAGE, is required.
•    Ability to perform characterization assays for formulation development, such as DLS, pH, Osmolality, Moisture content, Disintegration, UV-Vis, Intrinsic Fluorescence measurement
•    Experience with novel drug delivery system, and multiple formulation dosage forms is recommended but not required
•    Knowledge of Design of Experiment (DoE) and statistical analysis tools is a plus


Successful applicants for this position that are required to be onsite at any Emergent site at any time, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment,  subject to legally required exemptions.

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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Emergent BioSolutions does not accept non-solicited resumes or candidate submittals from search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions’ approved agency list. Unsolicited resumes or candidate information submitted to Emergent BioSolutions by search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions’ approved agency list shall become the property of Emergent BioSolutions and if the candidate is subsequently hired by Emergent BioSolutions, Emergent BioSolutions shall not owe any fee to the submitting agency.


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.


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

Nearest Major Market: San Diego