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Associate Scientist, Downstream Process Development

Proclinical Staffing
USA, Maryland, Gaithersburg
Highly Competitive Salary
Start date
5 Jun 2024
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

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Quality, GMP, R & D , Scientific
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Job Details

Associate Scientist, Downstream Process Development - Contract - Gaithersburg, MD

Proclinical is seeking a dedicated and innovative Associate Scientist to join our Downstream Process Development Department. This is a contract position based in Gaithersburg, MD.

Primary Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in the development, scale-up, and technical support of cGMP manufacturing for protein-based vaccines. This role involves designing scientifically sound and scalable purification processes, generating materials for developmental studies, and providing technical support. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, well-organized, and highly productive.

Skills & Requirements:

  • MS in a relevant scientific discipline or BS with relevant experience.
  • Hands-on Downstream purification experience.
  • Knowledge in purification of vaccines/biologics; Experience in various chromatography methods, filtration, and TFF unit operations at bench scale and/or pilot scale is a plus.
  • Capable of performing multiple functions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong technical protocol/report writing, and good organization skills.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities to adequately record, analyze and document data generated in support of regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written skills in communicating scientific and technical information.
  • Proficient in Window based software including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

The Downstream Process Development Associate Scientist will:

  • Support the development of purification processes by reviewing and compiling relevant literature data.
  • Perform scale-up of processes to deliver materials for pre-clinical and clinical studies.
  • Execute optimization experiments to ensure the process is robust, high in purity, yield, and scalable for clinical stage manufacturing.
  • Design experimental work under the supervision of senior scientists.
  • Process complex data and clearly communicate the implications of the results.
  • Generate, manage, evaluate, and maintain critical data in a highly organized manner and provide assessment reports.
  • Provide reagents and other supplies for various projects and departments.
  • Support process characterization studies, process validation, and tech transfer process as needed.
  • Maintain inventory of lab supplies and order lab consumables as needed.
  • Prepare buffers and column packing at different scales.
  • Perform testing of in-process samples.
  • Operate the glass washing instruments and autoclaves as needed.

If you are having difficulty in applying or if you have any questions, please contact Jackie Cerchio at (+1) 267-846-2026 or

Proclinical is a specialist employment agency and recruitment business, providing job opportunities within major pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Proclinical Staffing is an equal opportunity employer.



At ProClinical we have one aim: to support life science companies in the many challenges they face while combatting unmet medical need worldwide.

Ageing populations, rare diseases, epidemics and the millions of patients without access to medication are just a few of the pressing issues that life science companies contend with. The industry is under increasing pressure to develop new and innovative ways to save and improve patients’ lives. 

ProClinical’s mission is to support their work by connecting life science companies with the highly skilled professionals they need to continue innovating. 

Internal recruitment and HR teams often struggle to continuously source skilled, experienced professionals to fill highly-specialised and niche roles. ProClinical combines a deep understanding of the industry with extensive candidate networks to provide both a technical and cultural fit for our life science partners.


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