Research and Development Scientist

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.

Lonza is seeking a highly motivated scientist to perform analytical support, assay development and optimization in the viral vector Research and Development team (R&D). The successful candidate will be proficient in viral vector characterization assays and will work with both technical scientists and management in the design and execution of new viral vector-based projects; perform assays transfer to process development team (PD); be able to train and mentor other technical scientists to analyze bioprocessing data, to monitor, optimize, and determine limits of process performance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for performing assay development and optimization in support of R&D process development work.

  • Trains Bioanalytical Services Analysts on new methods during assay tech transfer activities.

  • Serves as SME on specific assays. May serve in consultation role on difficult laboratory investigations in Process Development team as needed.

  • Convert project targets into detailed and specific study plans with associated timelines to achieve the targets promptly and in high quality. Analyze data to satisfy project targets with a clear understanding and management of uncertainties.

  • Understand areas of focus within the department and continually build knowledge/expertise in assigned functions.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records in line with Lonza’s lab and data integrity policies. Write and revise technical documents including lab SOPs, test protocols, and reports.

  • Present regular updates to the supervisor, R&D management, process development teams, and/or present at technical meetings.

  • Participate in lab maintenance and procurement activities.

  • Develop an understanding of contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) operations and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements.

  • Demonstrate strong ownership of deliverables and drive projects with a sense of urgency.

Key requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Life Sciences, Bioengineering, Analytical Chemistry with related experience in the biotech industry.

  • Hands-on experience with (but not limited to) several of the following analytical techniques: Absorbance assays, HPLC, ELISA, qPCR, ddPCR, cell-based potency assays, TCID50 assays, viral infectious titer assays

  • Experience or knowledge of analytical methods and in-process controls commonly used in manufacturing processes techniques.

  • Data analysis and modeling: Multivariate analysis, (Design of Experiment) DOE, JMP is preferred.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Highly flexible and proactive in supporting cross-functional projects – strong team player.

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: R32257
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