Upstream Process Development

USA, Gaithersburg, Maryland
£77916.75 - £82017.63 per annum
15 Apr 2021
10 May 2021
Marjolene Dalmeida
R & D
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Hobson Prior are recruiting for an Upstream Process Development to join a biotech organisation who are focused on improving health all over the world through discovering and developing vaccines to stop serious diseases. This is a permanent position, located in Gaithersburg Maryland.

Please note that to be considered for this role you must have the right to work in this location.

Job Responsibilities:

  • To design experimental work independently or with minimal supervision.
  • 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.
  • Design and execute process development studies to develop a thorough understanding of operating and performance parameters.
  • 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.
  • Co-operate 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.
  • You will be expected to be mainly hands on in the laboratory.
  • Any other assigned duties.

Key Skills:

  • Ability to think critically, demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent 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.


  • BS/MS degree in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology or a related scientific discipline.
  • 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.
  • Prior experience with suspension cell culture systems, vaccine and/or viral vector production is desired.

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