Lead Scientist- Process Sciences

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

Job Title: Lead Scientist- Process Sciences

Requisition ID: 130710BR

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them.

US - Massachusetts - Cambridge

How will you make an impact?

The Lead Scientist will manage planning, execution, and external customer interactions for process establishment, late phase development, process characterization, and process validation, for multiple, simultaneous client viral vector cell and gene therapy programs. He/She will work closely with colleagues in the Process Sciences (PS) team, MST, PD, Quality, EHS, Commercial, and Manufacturing to ensure compliance and successful technology transfers. This position will interface directly with external clients to provide scientific expertise and process guidance.

What will you do?

  • Support technology transfer teams for process establishment of viral vector manufacturing processes.

  • Lead and manage process establishment, pilot and process characterization studies ensuring the materials, strategy and documentation are defined as needed.

  • Execute laboratory work including design, implementation and analysis aimed at understanding, improving, and transferring manufacturing processes and technologies.

  • Ensure effective information flow, risk assessment, timeline execution, issue resolution and documentation for cross-functional teams.

  • Represent PS on CMC teams and sub-teams as a Technical Project Lead to coordinate multi-functional activities for late-phase clinical programs.

  • Maintain an accurate schedule/project plan of assigned PS lab work and deliverables.

  • Manage preparation and review of necessary technical documentation

  • Author and maintain process risk assessment and Failure Mode and Effect Analysis documents

  • Identify opportunities to technically and operationally improve systems, practices, and technologies

  • Collaborate with other Thermo Fisher Scientific sites and clients to ensure success of scale-up and process transfer.

How will you get here?


  • PhD in the Life Sciences, Engineering, or related field, with 2+ years' experience. Equivalent combination of degree and experience may be considered.


  • Technical expertise in upstream and/or downstream biopharmaceutical process development and/or manufacturing.

  • Desired Upstream Experience Includes: Adherent and suspension mammalian (HeLa, HEK, Vero) and insect (Sf9) cell culture. Knowledge of Stirred Tank Bioreactors (fed-batch and perfusion), flat stock technology including Cellstacks, Hyperstacks and iCellis. Viral vector production platforms including transient transfection, stable producing cell lines, and helper virus technology. Perfusion technology including ATF and hollow fiber TFF.

  • Desired Downstream Experience Includes: Filtration (dead end and tangential flow) and process considerations for scale up. Experience with various chromatography resins and membranes. Ability to operate various AKTA and other chromatography systems.

  • Matrix leadership experience.

  • Experience in late stage/commercial technology transfer and process validation for biologics manufacturing

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Demonstrated trouble shooting and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills; written and oral. Ability to speak effectively before clients.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to function in a fast-paced dynamic team environment and balance priorities across multiple projects

  • Knowledge of statistical analysis methodology and software (JMP or equivalent) is highly desired.

  • Working knowledge of cGMP and regulatory requirements of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

  • Knowledge of cell and gene therapy vector production highly desired.

  • Project management skills desirable.

  • Ability to be hands-on.

  • Ability to function in a rapidly changing environment & handle multiple priorities.

  • A flexible work schedule is required including Weekend and night as needed to support lab activities.

  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Our global team of more than 75,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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Lead Scientist- Process Sciences

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