Cell Culture Process Development Scientist

Kelly Scientific Resources is looking for a Cell Culture Process Development Scientist for a role with a highly esteemed biotech company in RTP, NC. This person will lead and assist in cell culture and harvest of mammalian cell lines (mainly CHO variants) in support of process development, scale-up, and technology transfer to cGMP manufacturing.


  • Ph.D. and significant experience working with mammalian cell culture and bioreactors
  • Or Master’s degree with at least 3 years of industry experience with mammalian cell culture and bioreactors
  • In-depth understanding of biological and engineering factors that influence cell culture process performance and product quality.

Position Summary:

  • Supports product development efforts in the process and manufacturing areas.  Conceptualizes and proposes process development and manufacturing based on biopharmaceutical data. Provide technical support for clinical manufacturing and product testing.
  • Works toward developing a broad knowledge of state of the art scientific principles, theory of cGMP and other regulatory requirements; may provide technical leadership in the group, may serve as in-house advisor on key scientific discipline areas.
  • May be called upon to be a project team leader of a development program
  • Lead and support the team in the set-up, operation, and associated analysis of cell culture and bioreactor processes including bioreactor preparation, autoclaving, inoculation, sampling, feeding, data entry, and data analysis for shake flask and various scale bioreactors (ambr15, ambr250, 3 L & 15 L glass bioreactors, 50 L and 200 L Xcellerex single-use bioreactors).
  • Lead in maintaining and monitoring process development experiments in shake flasks and bioreactors. Required to perform calculations for growth date, specific productivity, bioreactor agitation and gassing scale-up.
  • Maintains a cell culture-specific project plan, including raw materials and equipment availability, in preparation of laboratory and pilot- scale runs.
  • Responsible for producing high quality documentation and client reports suitable for publication and regulatory requirements.
  • Adheres to all safety requirements and assures that departmental employees comply with required safety procedures.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Degree within Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or related area:
    • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years’ experience
    • Master’s degree with 3+ years’ experience
    • Ph.D. with 0-2 years’ experience
  • knowledge of mammalian cell culture.
  • Advanced ability with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Demonstrates ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent customer service skills and the ability to meet strict client deadlines.
  • Flexibility of hours to support cell culture processes over weekends (2-4 weekend days per month) and holidays. Weekend and holiday hours are compensated in the salary.
  • Experience with statistical design of experiment (DOE) is a plus.

Apply Today for Immediate Consideration!

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