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Scientist II, GMP Bioprocess Development (Downstream)

Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI)

Role Summary

The Scientist II will lead 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.


  • Lead Downstream aspects of lab scale process development and GMP production including:
  • Downstream techniques
  • Chromatography development: Resin screening (IEX, HIC, Mix-Mode, Affinity, SEC), optimization, and robustness testing.
  • Filtration Development: Development of various filtration techniques including ultrafiltration/diafiltration, depth filtration, viral filtration, sterile filtration.
  • GMP Production: Process scale up, tech transfer, and execution of the process under GMP conditions.
  • Utilize a broad expertise in bioprocess development and external expertise (vendors, publications) to develop a comprehensive strategy for overall development effort of various candidates with the goal of reducing development cycle times and improving process robustness.
  • Lead collaboration with other development teams to provide support for development activities and will work diligently with cell line, upstream and analytical development functions to understand how the process impacts product quality.
  • Analyzes and interprets data and results of individual and team work, utilizing the data in appropriate decision making; summarize data and present results.
  • Leads writing and review of technical development reports; writes and reviews protocols for tech transfer and SOPs for GMP production, and presents data to project teams and larger settings.
  • Identifies and documents innovations including patenting and publishing of scientific results.
  • Mentors and develops junior staff.
  • Required Qualifications at this Level

    Education/Training: Bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or related field. An advanced degree (Master's, PhD) is preferred.

    Experience: 10 years relevant experience in the biopharmaceutical industry or equivalent.

    Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

    • 10+ years relevant experience in the biopharmaceutical industry or equivalent.
    • Experience in development of protein and/or virus purification techniques; experience leading implementation of bioprocess unit operations (Chromatography, TFF filtration, GE Unicorn software) and/or direct GMP experience is required
    • Demonstrates innovation in downstream purification (chromatography, tangential flow filtration, normal flow filtration) and analytical techniques to support development activities (SDS-PAGE, western blot, SEC, UV-Vis).
    • Must work independently to develop specific processes or methods in line with strategic program goals.
    • Demonstrated advanced ability in solving complex analytical problems in alignment with strategic project plans.
    • Superior oral and written communication skills
    Minimum Qualifications


    Bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or related field. An advanced degree (Master's, PhD) is preferred.


    10 years relevant experience in the biopharmaceutical industry or equivalent.

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

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    Job No:
    Posted: 9/8/2020
    Application Due: 12/17/2020
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