Principal Scientist (Cambridge)


: $102,855.00 - $169,240.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

Your Role:

We are seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to be a part of the Virus and Gene Therapy Bioprocessing (VGTB) team. As a Principal R&D Scientist, you will lead a team responsible for the execution of unit operations for AAV and LV viral vector production utilizing the Millipore Sigma line of products as custom projects for outside customers. You will also provide input for areas of innovation, new product development to advance Millipore Sigma as the leader in viral vector bioprocessing.

You will collaborate with a multifaceted R&D organization across multiple sites to evaluate, develop products and implement technologies to build capabilities for an emerging business. Administrative responsibilities include: SOP training and compliance, accurate project-hour recording, etc.; development and protection of intellectual property. Supervise, guide, and structure the laboratory activities of junior scientists by sharing knowledge and experience.

As a member of the VGTB team, your responsibilities include the planning and execution of experimental designs using a DoE based approach, maintenance of adherent and suspension cell lines used for gene therapy applications, bench and pilot scale virus production, analytical analysis for product quality/process recoveries, good documentation skills, and general lab maintenance duties. The successful candidate must be able to interface with other scientists, marketing, project management and production groups to define product specifications, product configuration, assays, manufacturing procedures, etc. ensuring smooth progression through the product/process development. In this role you will need; the ability to troubleshoot automated instrumentation and process equipment, have high attention to detail, have excellent communication skills (written and oral) and be self-motivated. Ability to travel to collaboration sites (10-20%) will be required within this role.

Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in scientific or engineering discipline AND 5+ years product OR process development for Bioprocessing.
  • 5+ years hands-on experience in Downstream Bioprocessing unit operations and basic understanding of Upstream Bioprocessing.
  • 3+ years experience in troubleshooting automated instrumentation and process equipment.
  • 3+ years experience with aseptic technique.
  • 1+ year supervisory experience.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with viral vector production at pilot scale.
  • Experience designing experiments for and analyzing data from mammalian cell cultures in bioreactors.
  • Analytical assays experience highly preferred.
  • Knowledge and/or experience developing GMP processes.
  • Knowledge of downstream unit operations (clarification, tangential flow filtration, and chromatography) desired.
  • Ability to exercise significant judgment when analyzing complex projects and demonstrate a high level of scientific achievement and understanding.
  • Working knowledge of bioinformatics is preferred.
  • Competency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and statistical software packages.
  • Must be able to work and communicate effectively both independently and in a team-oriented environment and to supervise/mentor junior scientists.
  • Must exercise significant judgment when analyzing complex projects and demonstrate a high level of scientific achievement and understanding.
  • The ability to work in a regulated environment and be skilled in data analysis, troubleshooting, report writing, and oral presentations is required.

  • Associated topics: biological engineer, biology, biomaterials, bioprocess, hereditary, metabolic, molecular, neuro, neurodegenerative, pathogenesis * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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