Senior Scientist Upstream Process Development

$108000 - $128000 per annum
  1. Permanent
Gaithersburg, Maryland
  1. Technical Operations, Discovery / R&D, Analytical

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Hobson Prior are currently looking for a Senior Scientist Upstream Process Development to join a late-stage biotech organisation, specialising in improving health all over the world through discovering, developing and commercializing pioneering vaccines to prevent serious diseases. This is a permanent position, located in Gaithersburg Maryland.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Accountable to design experimental work independently or with minimal supervision.
  • You will design and execute process development studies to develop a thorough understanding of operating and performance parameters.
  • To perform hands on work in a cell culture lab, specifically cell culture expansion, vaccine production as well as process scale up and implementation into GMP clinical production suites.
  • Generate, manage, evaluate, and maintain critical data in a highly organized manner. Provide reports for assessment by senior management.
  • Ability to process complex data and communicate clearly and timely the implications of the results.
  • Perform and analyse Design of Experiment studies to develop or optimizing processes to ensure a phase-appropriate, consistent, high-yielding and scalable upstream process.
  • Assist in scale up and optimization of early stage processes, support critical operations as needed in our GMP manufacturing facility and deliver materials for pre-clinical and clinical studies.
  • Provide reagents and other supplies for various projects and departments.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with colleagues from Discovery, Process Development, Analytical Development, Manufacturing, and QA/QC teams.
  • To support process characterization studies and tech transfer process. As needed, support process validation, including validation protocol writing, execution and report writing.
  • This position is expected to be mainly hands on in the laboratory.

Key Skills:

  • Ability to think critically, demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities to adequately record, analyse and document data generated in support of regulatory requirements.
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of ownership in areas of responsibility and willingness to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Ability to work and collaborate in cross functional teams, research, development, manufacturing in a fast pace and dynamic team setting.
  • High energy level and a positive outlook coupled with the requisite "can do" attitude and a willingness to do what it takes to achieve personal and organizational goals and overcome obstacles.


  • Requires PhD in relevant field or a minimum of 10 years relevant experience with a Master's degree.
  • Previous experience with suspension cell culture systems, vaccine and/or viral vector production is desired.
  • Solid and hands-on upstream experience is required. Multi-year industrial purification experience with vaccines/biologics is preferred; direct experience with virus-derived recombinant products and/or viral particles is a plus.
  • A previous track record of culture process development experience such as cell passaging, formulation of media, aseptic technique processing, and managing reagents.
  • Practical demonstration of hands on process development including use of statistical design of experiments is required.
  • Experience with automation technologies is desired.

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