Associate Director, Molecular Biology & Vector Design

United Kingdom, Cambridge

Today Lonza is a global leader in life sciences. 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 for an Associate Director, Molecular Biology (Senior Group Leader) with extensive experience in vector engineering and genetic tool design  to join our expanding R&D team at Lonza.

As an Associate Director (Senior Group Leader), you will be responsible for the management and growth of a team of 10+ scientists and leading technology and/or process product development projects with significant commercial impact. This role would suit an innovative and results driven individual with molecular biology experience within a mammalian environment.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an expanding R&D team, with a real focus on innovation.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing development and scientific guidance to your team to foster employee's commitment and performance.

  • Providing clarity of tasks, motivation and support to your team to continuously improve and develop

  • Ensuring work environment and working conditions are appropriate for optimal performance and for achieving results and if improvements or streamlining is needed, develop and implement solutions

  • Designing and successful delivery of  R&D projects  (incl. collaborations) with impact in the range of 20-100Mio NPV or equivalent strategic value or business impact

  • Proactively drives project decision making through timely and appropriate communication across levels

  • Presents projects to internal stakeholders and at external conferences.

  • Proactively identifies innovation opportunities and proprietary solutions that expand or significantly improve and differentiate Lonza's offerings

Key requirements:

  • Ph.D. in relevant scientific discipline or M.S. with substantial industrial experience. Preferred area of study; molecular biology, cell expression systems

  • Substantial industry experience in working with mammalian cell expression systems essential

  • Strong experience with vector engineering, recognised SME in the field

  • Well recognised track record of delivering projects within industrial/academia setting.

  • Experience with cross functional collaboration preferred

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.

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Reference: R44682