Research Associate

United States, Houston (Texas)

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

The Research Associate provides technical support to lead scientists in conducting analytical tests for the evaluation of cellular products and in support of process development activities.

Key responsibilities:

  • Supports the successful development and execution of state-of-the-art manufacturing processes for Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) within the Cell Therapy Development matrix

  • Interact with new or existing Cell Therapy clients to document and transfer new processes to Lonza sites and communicate and present the work in meetings

  • Contribute and support scientific or engineering expertise toward the design and development of new process ideas that support client product concepts

  • Able to perform cellular, biochemical and molecular techniques, including but not limited to, cell culture, nucleic acid extraction, real-time qPCR/RT-PCR, ddPCR, flow cytometry, microscopy, ELISA and spectrophotometric, fluorometric cell-based potency assays, for the characterization cell therapy products.

  • Maintains accurate, detailed records, experimental data and protocols following Lonza’s best documentation practices.

  • Prepares data summary and data reports. Works with Lead Scientists to communicate and summarize results for internal and client meetings, written reports and presentations.

  • Provides technical support in analytical method optimization, qualification and transfer to Quality Control following

  • Performs common laboratory maintenance as needed. Maintains stock of lab supplies and reagents in support of ongoing programs.

  • Becomes knowledgeable and complies with all pertinent safety policies, rules and regulations.

  • Supports projects within his/her expertise and experience. Develops and improves new skills and knowledge necessary to successfully support assigned projects

Key requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

  • Cell culture techniques and strong aseptic technique

  • Experience with 2D and 3D cell culture systems 

  • Experience in processes such as cell count viability, flow cytometry, cell-based assays,data analysis and molecular biology techniques

  • Knowledge of cellular biology/chemistry, various types of laboratory equipment,

  • Technical writing skills.

  • Experience with statistical analysis of data preferred (Excel, JMP, Prism, etc.).

  • Demonstrated knowledge on antibody –based methodologies including, but not limited to, immunocytochemistry, immunofluorescence, FACS analysis and ELISA

  • Experience with nucleic acid and proteins sample preparation/purification.

  • Computer software skills including Microsoft Office, TrackWise, DMS, ERP system; accurate record keeping; ability to manage multiple projects; time management skills.

  • Diplomacy; negotiation skills; written and oral communication skills; independent work skills; strong work ethic.

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Reference: R30066
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