Lead/Senior Lead Scientist, Purification Development

Singapore, Tuas Singapore

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. 

 Did you know that we are the 1st biologics contract manufacturer in Singapore? We offer you exposure to upcoming biotech and established pharmaceutical companies and to the manufacturing technology needed to produce mammalian treatments and cell therapies of tomorrow. Our global manufacturing network is recognized for its reliable, high-quality services, regulatory track record, global footprint, innovative technology platforms and extensive experience – we, in Singapore are proud to be part of this global network. 

As a Lead Scientist in Lonza Singapore’s Development Services department, you will be able to develop and enhance your technical and scientific capabilities as well as build on your technical leadership skills. You will be involved in hands-on experimental activities as well as leading projects right from planning to delivery. You will be the project representative, responsible for the progress of the project(s) involving co-ordination within the team as well as the cross functional team members and be the face of Lonza representing the downstream process team to interact with customers stationed across the globe. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Leads multiple projects in area of expertise of increasing scale and complexity, including oversight of junior scientists within project team(s). 

  • Dept/site SME in 1 or more areas aligned with training plan. 

  • Work as an integral part of a site and global project team maintaining a strong network of contacts both on site and globally. 

  • Be the project representative, leading internal and external project meetings 

  • Deliver high quality communication (written documents, telecons and face to face) to ensure an outstanding customer experience. 

  • Perform the following activities with high levels of precision and accuracy: Routine downstream activities (process development, material supply, process evaluation and process characterization) that include Chromatography (Affinity, Mixed-mode, Ion-exchange etc.) using the AKTA purification system, Ultrafiltration/Diafiltration, Viral reduction and analytical methods aligned with individuals training. 

  • Lead junior scientists in the team for Process Development/Process Characterization activities including experiment designing, planning, supervising and directing studies. 

  • Efficiently plans own time and prioritizes lab work for self and project teams with minimal input from supervisor to deliver project goals. 

  • Sound knowledge of DoE methodologies, data analysis and interpretation to define process parameter ranges and process steps. The use of statistical software will be required for Process Development/ Process Characterization studies. 

  • Document results in accordance with Lonza policies and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) – as appropriate 

  • Draft and review high quality technical documents including but not limited to Protocols, Reports, SOPs etc. 

  • Co-ordinate with departments on site and globally to demonstrate track record of timely delivery of projects with increasing complexity. 

  • General lab support including housekeeping, equipment maintenance, inventory of supplies, etc. while actively contributing to operational efficiency initiatives. 

  • Troubleshoot equipment and scientific issues. 

  • Train new scientists, juniors and peers with existing or new technologies as required. 

  • Any other duties as assigned by Management 

Key Requirements: 

  • Degree with 8+ years or PhD in Biological Science / Engineering (as appropriate for area of expertise) with 4+ years of experience. 

  • A detailed understanding of the scientific rationale behind the development of biopharmaceuticals. 

  • Expertise with relevant years of experience in Protein purification involved in the development of biopharmaceuticals. 

  • Experience in Process Characterization/Process Validation for BLA studies, involving the use of statistical software for experimental design and data analysis. 

  • Understanding of cGMP regulations will be advantageous. 

  • Excellent technical writing skills. 

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written). 

  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills with being an efficient team player. 

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. 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.

Vaccination status: As the above role requires you to work on-site*, only fully vaccinated** employees will be shortlisted for the role.  For fully vaccinated applicants, please indicate your vaccination status as “fully vaccinated” when applying for the role.

*In line with the latest advisory from the Ministry of Manpower, from 1 January 2022 only employees who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days, can return to the workplace.

** Lonza adopts the definition of “fully vaccinated” by the Ministry of Health in Singapore which means that you:

(a) have received the full regimen of WHO EUL vaccines from a specific manufacturer; and

(b) have met the prescribed post-vaccination period for the respective vaccine to be fully effective.

We provide company transport, both ways, at multiple pick up points.

Reference: R50488