1+ months

Senior Scientist, Biopharm Upstream Process Development

King of Prussia, PA 19406
Site Name: USA - Pennsylvania - King of Prussia
Posted Date: May 27 2020

Are you looking for a challenging opportunity that allows you to leverage your technical expertise to accelerate delivery in biopharmaceuticals? If so, this Senior Scientist, Biopharm Upstream Process Development role could be an exciting opportunity to explore.

Biopharm Process Development is a highly experienced Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) organization accountable for delivering robust, cost effective and competitive products and manufacturing processes spanning the full life-cycle of asset development from Discovery through commercialization. These activities are delivered through state-of-the art internal facilities as well as strategic external partners. Collectively, the team is accountable for CMC activities encompassing cell line development, cell culture/ microbial fermentation, purification development, and drug product/ device development. We also pioneer innovative technologies to improve robustness, reduce cost of goods, and improve the patient experience.

Within Biopharm Process Development, the Microbial and Cell Culture Development department is responsible for the development of cell culture processes for the manufacture of GSKs Biopharm assets. The Department is also responsible for the scale-up and tech transfer of the processes to manufacturing facilities all over the world. Our aim is to integrate innovative expression and process platforms, automation and advanced data analytics into the upstream process development workflow. An opportunity has arisen for a process development scientist with ability to advance the perfusion platform and handle large sets of complex data. He/she will have the opportunity to develop new methods and build capability in automated workflows and data handling.

In this role, you will be a member of a highly skilled team of scientists and engineers responsible for the evaluation and optimization of cell culture processes. The team will have access to the latest technology in small-scale as well as large scale bioreactors and analytical instruments. Although predominantly lab-based, the role also involves important aspects of verbal and written communication and requires good organisation skills as well as a broader scientific knowledge. Both individual and team working are required and therefore the role will suit a scientist with good interpersonal skills, ability to solve complex problems, self-motivated and has an open mindset.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following

  • Process development of perfusion-based cell culture processes and transfer to cGMP facilities.
  • Execution of small-scale bioreactor studies for development and optimization of perfusion processes, evaluation for facility fit and small-scale model qualification.
  • Implementation of automation and informatics technologies to enhance the efficiency of cell culture process development.
  • Interacting with colleagues in key partner groups: scientists/engineers involved in scale-up and tech transfer, downstream process development and analytical method development scientists, data scientists and statisticians.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Bachelors degree in Bioprocess/Biochemical/Chemical Engineering or related Biological Science with 5+ years industrial experience or Masters degree with at least 3+ years industrial experience.
  • Solid foundation in cell culture process development and characterization using small scale bioreactors.
  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievement in implementation of innovative process technologies.
  • Expertise in assembling, analysing, and visualizing complex data sets.
  • A track record of reviewing and assimilating technical information effectively.
  • US work authorization is required for this role. Sponsorship is not available at this time

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new scientific areas and work across teams.

Experience in some or all the areas listed below:

  • Perfusion cell culture processes.
  • Operation of automated small-scale bioreactors and/or bench-top reactors.
  • Writing and reviewing technical documents with a good understanding of regulatory requirements with previous experience on CMC regulatory filing
  • PAT tools such as Raman and Capacitance
  • Statistical analysis and project management
  • Programming experience (e.g. Python, Matlab, Visual Basic, etc)
  • Applying data solutions to manual processes and advanced data analytics

Why GSK?

Our values and expectationsare at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness.



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Posted: 2020-05-29 Expires: 2020-07-29

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