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Principal Research Scientist-Vaccines Analytical Development


Last Updated: 5/30/23

Job Description

As a leading global animal health company, Elanco delivers innovative products and services to improve the health of pets and farm animals around the world because we believe making animals' lives better, makes life better. Since 1954, we have provided solutions that support veterinarians, farmers and pet owners to advance our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life. Elanco's promise to employees: Together, we foster an inclusive culture where everyone can make a difference, encouraging ownership, growth and well-being.

The Principal Research Scientist is responsible for leading the vaccines analytical control strategies and leading a team in the development, qualification/validation, and use of analytical, bioanalytical and characterization methods in support of Elanco’s Food and Companion Animal Vaccine product development. This role is expected to benchmark the Animal Health industry and drive the change to put Elanco at the Innovation forefront. This lead scientist will additionally be charged with creating a culture of intellectual curiosity that implements best practices of QbD and seeking to maximize Elanco’s external presence via Scientific Disclosure (publications, presentations, patent fillings).

Functions, Duties, Tasks:

  • Lead development for the vaccines analytical control strategy. Benchmark against the industry standards and partner with Regulatory and Quality to align and define the commercial strategies.
  • Drive innovation for analytical methods, strategy and capabilities. Evaluate and implement new technologies to enhance productivity and product quality. Establish an analytical capability that creates a strategic advantage against industry peers
  • Partner with Global Vaccine Strategy (R&D and Manufacturing)
  • Oversight for method transfers to development, QCL, or third-party personnel.
  • Development and verification/qualification/validation of analytical methods to support in-process, release, characterization analysis, and stability testing of antigen ingredient and final vaccine.
  • Write, review, and/or approve high quality technical reports, SOPs, analytical methods, global regulatory submissions, and responses to questions
  • Lead a team of 3-5 scientists.
  • Ensure work and team activities are aligned with all relevant development quality, regulatory, HSE, GLP, and GMP requirements.

Minimum Qualification (education, experience and/or training, required certifications):

  • Ph.D. in analytical, biophysical, biochemistry, molecular/cell biology, or related field
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in relevant/applicable field
  • Experience with knowledge of one or more of the following, as appropriate: separation sciences, immunochemistry, biophysical/biochemical characterization, molecular biology, and bioanalytical sciences.
  • Problem solving skills including strategic thinking and decision-making.
  • Demonstration of scientific leadership skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work productively in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to work successfully in international or multi-cultural settings
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and deal with ambiguity

Additional Preferences:

  • Experience with assay development in the Animal Health industry is highly desired
  • Experience with the vaccine development process, including knowledge of regulatory compliance issues.
  • Fundamental knowledge of cGMP/GLP/USDA compliance requirements.
  • Experience with the supervision of direct reports.
  • Experience with partnering and leading teams remotely.

Other Information:

  • Position will require up to 25% travel.


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

Company Details

Greenfield, Indiana, United States
Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets, creating value for farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, stakeholders, and society as a whole. With nearly 70 years of animal health heritage, we are committed to helping our customers improve the health...