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Associate Scientist – (JP9352)

Thousand Oaks, CA · Biotech/Pharmaceutical
Job Title:  Associate Scientist – (JP9352)
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Employment Type:  Contract
Business Unit: Bioprocess Development
Duration: 1+ years (with likely extensions and/or conversion to permanent)
Posting Date: 10/26/2021

3 Key Consulting is hiring an Associate Scientist for a consulting engagement with our direct client, a leading global biopharmaceutical company.

Job Description:
The Pre-Pivotal Drug Substance Technologies organization at client develops, characterizes and supports clinical drug substance manufacturing processes for all early-stage programs in the client portfolio.

This lab-based position is located at our Thousand Oaks, CA site. The successful candidate will be responsible for support of the development, characterization, scale-up and support of upstream and downstream processes to enable clinical advancement of client programs.

This role is in an integrated bioprocess development group in which cell culture and purification scientists work together to advance client’s rich, exciting and dynamic pipeline. With client’s biology first approach, the position provides the unique opportunity to work on multiple modalities including antibodies, BiTEs, oncolytic viruses, bispecifics, and siRNAs.

The successful candidate will design and execute experiments at the bench scale, spanning the end-to-end drug substance process, including both cell culture and purification operations. The candidate will apply established platform approaches and utilize problem-solving skills to rapidly solve day-to-day experimental challenges. Additionally, the candidate will utilize out-of-the-box thinking to contribute to technology development, including process automation. Finally, the candidate will also expand and develop skills in both cell culture and purification, thereby further contributing to the integrated group.

Why is the Position Open?
Planned project.

Top Must Have Skills:
  • Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture (purification operations is a plus).
  • MUST HAVE experience with bioreactors or protein chromatography.
  • Ability to organize and present project findings to group.

Day to Day Responsibilities:
  • Biological sampling.
  • Bioreactor maintenance.
  • Chromatography column operation.
  • Maintenance of sampling equipment.
  • Cell culture passaging.
  • Data visualization and analysis.

Basic Qualifications:
Master’s degree
Bachelor's degree and 2 years scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Life Sciences, or other relevant sciences with a demonstrated record of excellence.
  • Ability to identify, develop and implement solutions to practical problems through application of fundamental scientific and engineering principles, preferably in a process development environment.
  • Basic understanding of protein chromatography, filtration or cell culture principles; hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture, and/or purification operations is a plus.
  • Prior experience with data analytical tools (Excel, Spotfire, etc.) is preferred. Experience with statistical analysis and programming in JMP, R, and/or Python environments is a plus.
  • Motivated self-starter with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Team player with the ability to successfully work within a diverse team in a dynamic, cross-functional environment.
  • Familiarity with design of experiments and statistical analysis of data desirable.

Employee Value Proposition:
The chance to work for an industry leader while broadening knowledge and experience.

Red Flags:
  • No previous lab experience - this is a must have.
  • No experience with bioreactors or protein chromatography.
  • No Masters degree in relevant area.

Interview process:
Video Skype Panel Interview

We invite qualified candidates to send your resume to resumes@3keyconsulting.com.  If you decide that you’re not interested in pursuing this particular position, please feel free to take a look at the other positions on our website www.3keyconsulting.com/careers. You are also welcome to share this opportunity with anyone you think might be interested in applying for this role.
3KC Talent Acquisition Team
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