Associate Director or Director, Upstream Process Development

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a group of scientists and associate scientists responsible for successful viral vector process development, process characterization, execution of upstream processes, and technology transfer to manufacturing sites;
  • Oversee the process development and scale-up operations, defining scale down models;
  • Drive innovation to enhance viral vector productivity and quality;
  • Make strong technical, strategic contributions to cross functional development project teams;
  • Manage a multi project development portfolio;
  • Author associated regulatory filing documents;
  • Present findings and/or results to senior management, external stakeholders, and industry leaders at national/international conferences;
  • Build upstream department timeline and budget.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 14 years of experience;
  • Experience in executing projects to aggressive timelines with the ability to adapt to rapid changes in project priorities;
  • Experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry within a cell culture role and an excellent understanding of the theory and practice of cell culture process development is required;
  • Molecular understanding of viral vector productions, in particular AAV biology, is highly desired;
  • Strong cell culture expertise and knowledge pertaining to AAV production;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in parallel, including key participation in cross functional project and innovation teams;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing direct reports or project teams;
  • Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the development of Sf9-baculovirus based AAV production;
  • Experience in cell line generation and media development;
  • Experience in scale up and scale down of bioreactor processes;
  • Experience managing cross functional team and initiatives;
  • Fluent in speaking, reading and writing Chinese.

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