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Bench Scientist I
Ref No.: 18-15910
Location: Morrisville, North Carolina
Job Description: ROLE SUMMARY
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The purpose of the Associate Scientist position is to provide the planning and execution of experiments to design and optimize manufacturing processes for biopharmaceuticals. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry/Biochemistry, or Biology, and have a working knowledge of biochemistry and related analytical chemistries, preferably in chromatography, centrifugation, precipitation, and filtration design principles. This position requires the design and execution of experiments using the aforementioned technologies and the ability to evaluate and clearly reporting the results to laboratory colleagues and other affected functional areas.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES
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The successful Associate Scientist applicant will have experience in laboratory research, and a desire to continue in a laboratory-focused role. This position will join a larger team of scientists across multiple sites focused on developing and optimizing recovery and purification processes for recombinant proteins and biological macromolecules for early- and late-phase clinical trials. The Associate Scientist will be responsible for working with fellow scientists to develop robust, efficient, scalable strategies for improving downstream process performance. The job function requires judgment and innovation to achieve a solution within standard practices and procedures. Responsibilities will include conducting experiments, tests, analyses as part of a variety of research and development activities, e.g., small-scale studies, pilot plant and manufacturing downstream purification studies. The Associate Scientist will be expected to summarize, evaluate the study results, develop and test new hypotheses to improve the fundamental understanding of recovery and purification processes. This position will support process validation, quality by design, regulatory approaches, and innovative research. This position will be expected to prepare internally reviewed technical reports, and make oral presentations to scientists and management. The successful candidate must be able to endorse change to business infrastructure to ensure pipeline, legacy and technology success.

QUALIFICATIONS
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BS degree in a biological or engineering discipline (Biotechnology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, or equivalent)
0-3 years experience in laboratory research required, preferably in recombinant protein/biomolecule purification process development, technology transfer and/or bioprocess manufacturing. Demonstrated ability to drive for results and generate innovative solutions with minimum supervision. Applicants should be self-motivated, organized, capable of working independently, and in a collaborative environment. The successful candidate will possess strong oral and written communication skills. Experience in transferring Biotherapeutic processes to pilot plants or manufacturing organizations, and knowledge of data acquisition and controls systems in these environments is a plus.
A good understanding of protein chemistry, protein analytics, and bioprocess technology is required. Strong analytical and computer skills are desirable. Sound understanding of statistical experimental design and analysis is a benefit.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS (not all roles will have physical or mental requirements)
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This position will require standing for long periods of time in a laboratory setting. Occasional lifting of equipment may be required.

NON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE, TRAVEL OR ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS
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Occasional travel to vendor, Pharmaceutical or contract manufacturing/research sites may be required.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
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This position requires highly motivated individuals with the ability to work closely with other members of the laboratory and the department in a matrix team environment. This position will collaborate with pilot plant and manufacturing staff on experimental studies, clinical manufacturing, and process validation, including work with external contract manufacturing organizations
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