Scientist II, Process Development

Posted 01 Dec 2021

Carlsbad, California - United States

Req Id 235510



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Scientist II Process Development


Your role:

MilliporeSigma is seeking a highly motivated scientist In Carlsbad, CA to join a cutting-edge gene therapy process development team. As part of a dynamic organization and global leader in life sciences, the successful candidate will work effectively as a Process Development team member to lead viral vector cell culture process development and support process characterization and process validation. The candidate will also act as a driver for continuous innovation and operational improvement to advance the field of viral vector science.

The candidate is expected to be:

  • Primary technical lead on development of viral vector production processes for transfer into GMP manufacturing for internal and external client projects. 
  • Able to apply sound scientific principles to independently define process development work scope, generate study protocols and reports, execute studies, analyze experimental results, and make data-driven process decisions.
  • Interfacing with both internal and external customers as technical subject matter expert to routinely provide technical guidance and updates.
  • Able to lead technical process transfers from internal and external sites.
  • Collaborating cross-functionally with the Tech Transfer and Manufacturing teams to facilitate the transfer of processes into GMP Manufacturing.
  • Providing support to process characterization and process validation activities.
  • Able to communicate effectively with Technical Operations Leadership team, internal and external network partners, and the Product Teams.
  • Applying Quality by Design (QbD) principles and incorporating statistical design of experiment (DoE) approach in the process development work.
  • Routinely promoting a culture of continuous improvement within the Process Development group and championing initiatives to improve client service.
  • Lead by example and offer scientific coaching and mentoring to other staff members.


Who you are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s Degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related life science studies.
  • 10+ years, MS with 7+ years or a PhD with 3+ years of experience in pharma, medical device, biologics, or similar technical industries.
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience in suspension cell culture process development operation.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with cell culture process development for biologics production at bench-scale and pilot-scale using mammalian expression and single-use bioreactor systems.
  • Knowledge of downstream purification operations (clarification, tangential flow filtration, and chromatography) is desirable.
  • Familiarity with analytical assay methods (qPCR, ddPCR, ELISA, HPLC, SDS PAGE) is a plus.
  • Ability to apply expert technical knowledge to complete complex assignments.
  • Experience with DoE using JMP or similar software for experimental design and analysis.
  • Experience with cGMP manufacturing and quality systems within an FDA regulated environment.
  • Experience with managing and mentoring junior employees.




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