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Job: GMP Associate Scientist I Bioprocess Development (Upstream), Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Durham, NC

General Information

Job title:
GMP Associate Scientist I Bioprocess Development (Upstream)
Job location:
Durham, NC  27710 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted:
Job category:
Research and Development
Employment type:
Full time

Job Description

The Associate Scientist I will support the development, tech transfer, and GMP execution of production processes for innovative vaccine products. This position will be involved in bioprocess development and GMP production, including lab scale process development; scale up and tech transfer of the process into the GMP suite, and execution of the process under GMP compliant conditions.


• Perform Upstream and/or Downstream aspects of lab scale process development and GMP production including:
Upstream techniques
- Media, feed and buffer preparation
- Cell culture development (ex. CHO, 293, insect cell)
- Growth media selection and optimization
- Derivation and characterization of stable cell lines
- Preparation and operation of bioreactors
- Execute and document development and GMP activities in compliance with regulatory requirements.
• Support CGMP production, including equipment and material management, to ensure facilities and materials meet DHVI needs, perform investigations.
• Provide support for cGMP campaigns, including documentation, deviation and root cause analysis.
• Collaborate closely with other development teams to provide support for development activities and will work diligently with cell line development and analytical development functions to understand how the production process is impacts product quality.
• Compile data and perform analysis and interpretation and draw conclusions regarding progress and results of work, utilizing the data in appropriate decision making; summarize data and present results.
• Write and reviews technical development reports; assist with writing protocols for tech transfer and SOPs for GMP production, and present data to project teams and larger settings.

You will only be considered for the position after you have applied to requisition 18130 on the DHVI careers page and/or Duke Careers Website.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Job Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering, or related field


• Knowledge and hands on classwork with cell culture and basic analytical techniques; hands on implementation of bioprocess unit operations (bioreactor control and operation, harvest and clarification) and/or direct GMP experience is preferred
• Experience in upstream (cell culture, bioreactor operation including scale up) and basic analytical techniques to support upstream activities (cell and metabolite analyses, SDS-PAGE, western blot, UV-Vis).
• Must have the ability to work independently to develop specific processes or methods with guidance from senior scientists/managers.
• Demonstrated ability in solving moderately complex analytical problems with guidance from senior development scientists.
• Strong oral and written communication skills
(Job number: 3871722)
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