Lead Scientist Cell Culture Development

United Kingdom, Slough

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.

We are currently looking to recruit a Lead Scientist within our Cell Culture Development team here at Lonza. As a Lead Scientist, you will be a key member of the laboratory team working on multiple complex projects carrying out activities associated with creating, selecting and developing cell lines and processes for manufacture of therapeutic products.

This is a hands-on lab based role, with responsibility for mentoring and leading junior members of the team for execution of lab based work stages within cell culture development.

Key responsibilities:

  • Reviewing of complex media/feeds and can assess impact of deviations to process

  • Leading the delivery of multiple projects/stages (safety, quality, regulatory, right first time, on time) including creation and completion of project dashboards

  • Processing transfer of non-standard processes

  • Basic cell culture, cryopreservation and revivals

  • Operation of standard and non-standard ambr processes, writing new programs

  • Leading cell culture automation runs

  • Technical creation and review of new documents, protocols, SOPs

  • Ownership/and lead troubleshooting of multiple equipment processes in common area of expertise (e.g. bioreactors, CLC, ambr15, ambr250) and introduction of new equipment

  • Coordinating and delivering training in an area

  • Acting as a Science Lead/Study Director on multiple customer programs

  • Coordinating, coaching, mentoring and training more junior members of the department as required

Key requirements:

  • PhD or MSc/BSc in Biochemistry/biology or relevant scientific / technical discipline or equivalent working experience

  • Experience of working within mammalian cell culture in scientific lab based, hands on capacity

  • Experience in working with bioreactors (miniature, disposable) essential

  • Working knowledge in primary recovery methods/strategies

  • Experience in design of experiments (DoE) desirable

  • A proactive mindset to continuous improvement and a dedication to excellence in science.

  • Ability to provide scientific oversight and mentoring to more junior members of the team

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.


Reference: R40430
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