Process Development Scientist

Posted 08 Dec 2021

Kankakee, Illinois - United States

Req Id 236275


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.



US employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to your start date unless an accommodation is granted by The Company. The Company uses the definition of fully vaccinated assigned by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for purposes of considering satisfaction of this requirement which is a condition of employment.


This role does not offer sponsorship for work authorization. External applicants must be eligible to work in the US.



Your Role:

MilliporeSigma is looking for a Process Development Scientist to join the Technical and Scientific Solutions Team in the Midwest region based in the area of Chicago, IL. This is a remote/work from home role with travel visits to various client sites in the area. The Process Development Scientist is part of a worldwide team of engineers and scientists that supports and collaborates with our customers in the region exploring MilliporeSigma technologies and reporting into the technical support group for MilliporeSigma’s Process Solutions business. The ideal candidate will be a scientist/engineer with an knowledge and understanding of bioprocess unit operations.

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Position Responsibilities:

  • Proactively pursue and perform process development studies for the purification of therapeutic proteins using MilliporeSigma technologies such as sterile filtration, depth filtration, tangential flow filtration, viral reduction filtration, and chromatography.
  • Involvement in selection and sizing, process optimization, and technology transfer activities associated with the purification of new pharmaceuticals with a focus on Phase I-III drug development.
  • Provide consultation to customers through email, telecon or video chat.
  • Collaborate and work with customer process development groups in the greater Midwest region.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of local MilliporeSigma account managers to provide technical expertise to local customers.
  • Document customer interfacing activities through appropriate electronic systems.
  • Communicate and work effectively in cross-functional teams, influence technical approaches and support strategy execution.
  • Travel within the Midwest and Central region, as well as the Massachusetts home office and some international travel

Who you are: 

 Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, life sciences, chemistry or biochemistry with 3+ years of experience within pharmaceutical development or technology implementation


 Master’s Degree or PhD in chemical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, life sciences or similar disciplines with 1+ industry related pharmaceutical development experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to derive relevant conclusions based on the experimental results, and effectively communicate results to our customers.
  • Excellent hands-on laboratory skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or other data analysis software
  • Sound understanding of downstream and/or upstream biomanufacturing process requirements, best practices, and industry standards
  • Comfortable with making recommendations for future course of action based on experimental results
  • Relay relevant results to sales, field marketing, and similar internal partners
  • Ability to identify scientific leadership opportunities and execute through lunch & learns, publications, presentations, etc. with a focus on customer collaboration
  • Ability to cope with change, adjust test plans quickly, and comfortably handle risk and uncertainty


What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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