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Danaher Corporation Quality Control Senior Scientist, Protein in Madison, Wisconsin

Position Summary

Quality Control (QC) Senior Scientist, Protein, supports production of recombinant proteins at Aldevron’s Madison, WI facility. This role is primarily responsible for ensuring and/or performing release testing of products so that quality specifications are met or exceeded. Additionally, the QC Senior Scientist supports the management and execution of initiatives for expansion and growth that may include on boarding of quality management and business tools. The Senior Scientist will also provide technical support to our internal teams and our clients as a subject matter expert as needed. Duties may also include support/lead for development activities, technology transfer and other quality related functions as assigned. Previous experience or a want to supervise a small group of high-performing scientists is an absolute plus.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as a scientific lead on projects, train and supervise other support staff as needed

  • Behaves as a technical resource

  • Provide technical support for client projects

  • Work as a team member or as an individual contributor to projects in-development and manufacture that typically involve a multidisciplinary approach that includes scientists from different departments

  • Assists in the management and implementation of Quality, ISO 13485 programs (knowledge of QC laboratory test procedures, cGMP requirements, ICH guidelines a plus)

  • Proactively investigate, troubleshoot and improve existing processes to maintain or improve quality scientific results and implement new technologies

  • Accurately record experimental results in real-time; store/save and report data per Aldevron conventions

  • Use, maintain, and train others on analytical equipment routinely used to characterize recombinant proteins, including:

  • Reverse Phase HPLC

  • Analytical Size Exclusion Chromatography

  • SDS-PAGE and Western Blot

  • UV/Vis and Fluorescence Spectroscopy (cuvette and multi-well plate)


  • Endotoxin Detection Assays

  • Assist in qualification of test methods, writing and review of documents, internal process reviews, and basic equipment maintenance

  • Contribute to the identification, evaluation and implementation of new laboratory QC equipment and methods

  • Be responsible for helping with technical transfer of assays as assigned

  • Adhere to all Company environmental health and safety procedures

  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • All employees are responsible for the general upkeep of work and shared spaces

  • Punctual and regular attendance is required of all employees

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the position.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position will oversee 2-3 QC Scientists/Associate Scientists.




Education & Experience

  • B.S. or A.S. in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related field with at least 9 years of relevant work experience or

  • M.S. and at least 5 years of relevant work experience or

  • Ph.D and at least 2 years of relevant work experience

  • Previous experience in a Quality Control laboratory is preferred

  • Previous experience in managing people is preferred

Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong working knowledge of protein biochemistry

  • Excellent laboratory skills

  • Effective communication skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • Strong computer skills (both Microsoft and Apple systems) and familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite, Chromeleon, etc.

  • Have passion for “hands on” work in a laboratory setting and for continuous learning and improvement

  • Be flexible and willing to work in a fast-paced environment that at times requires shifting priorities


  • Ability to learn new methods and systems

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities

  • Ability to maintain accurate documentation

  • Ability to productively work on multiple projects simultaneously and with little to no supervision

  • Ability to speak and write fluently in English

Professional Certification:

  • N/A

Working Conditions

This position works in a Research Grade lab setting and may come in contact with various solutions and chemicals. This position uses standard laboratory equipment such as pipettes, centrifuges, glass ware, and computers.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, bend, lift up to 50 pounds, and use arms, hands and fingers for various activities. This position may stand or remain sedentary for long periods of time. This position routinely works with large pieces of equipment.


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