Birmingham, Alabama
Jun 10, 2019
Job ID 3461
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

About Southern Research
We've created seven drugs that are helping win the war on cancer.  More are on the way.  When HIV threatened the work's future, we helped develop a course of treatment that changed the course of history.  We're creating better ways for you to have cleaner air and water.  Our technologies help men and women in uniform remain safe overseas.  We're developing methods to build energy efficient cars out of plant fiber that will get 80 mpg.  We are Southern Research.  We're taking on the world's hardest problems, and solving them.  This has been our mission since 1941.

Southern Research's Drug Development Division is a contract research organization (CRO) that provides commercial and government clients with a wide variety of nonclinical and clinical trial support services.  We offer an array of studies including both in vitro and in vivo testing of small molecule compounds, vaccines, biologics and other test articles in therapeutic areas, such as infectious disease, CNS and cancer.  Our nationally recognized team of dedicated individuals provides expertise and services spanning basic research to advanced studies under FDA GLP regulations.

General Summary
The Scientist 2, Bacteriology functions as a subject matter expert within the organization and has oversight of the scientific elements of projects to ensure successful completion and/or implementation.    This position analyzes and reports results for publication or to sponsor; provides instruction to other members of the project team; and collaborates with other senior members of the staff on projects/research.

Key Responsibilities

  • Performs role of Study Director (SD) and Scientific Subject Matter Expert (SME) on commercial and government contracts.
  • Oversees virology and bacteriology assay development and validation experiments conducted in Operations.
  • Partners with Business Development, Project Management, and Proposals to ensure successful client engagement, proposal development, study execution, and deliverables upon study completion.
  • Within defined policies and procedures, provides resolution to complex scientific problems within a specified program.
  • Participates in all required GLP and BSL-3 training.

Position Specific

  • Assumes role of Study Director and/or Principal Investigator on commercial and government contracts.
  • Develops assays; completes study designs for infectious diseases in vitro and in vivo studies.
  • Oversees and serves as a technical advisor for lab operations to execute assay development and validation experiments.
  • Writes study protocols and validation plans.
  • Supports troubleshooting assay issues in validation and sample analysis.
  • Reviews data from sample analyses and interpret Contributing Scientist Reports (CSR).
  • May participate in proposal generation and perform scientific/technical review.
  • Follows GLP practices to ensure all experimental data, including observations of unanticipated responses are accurately recorded and verified.
  • Performs all work tasks following laboratory safety requirements including A/BSL-3 and select agent.
  • Ensures compliance to all regulatory and safety requirements for work with select agents.
  • Observes appropriate safety and study requirements by reading, understanding, and following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) requirements, and study protocols.
  • Participates in required select agent training as appropriate.

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD degree in life sciences discipline, or MS plus 7-10 yrs prior experience, or DVM or equivalent plus minimum of 4-6 yrs prior experience managing projects.
  • Have a recognized standing in their specialty and are known for their innovation and creativity in areas supporting company mission. May generate revenue.
  • Proficient in assay development methodologies for Virology and Bacteriology.
  • Prior experience with A/BSL-3 and handling of select agent is preferred.