Team Lead, R&D
Germany, Cologne

Team Lead, R&D (f/m/d)

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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at our Cologne site for a Team Lead R&D to support the development of Lonza transfection products, working at the forefront of enabling technologies for Cell & Gene Therapies. You will be leading a small team of Research Assistants towards this goal, as well as supporting and guiding their growth and development.

This position would be ideal for someone with a suitably robust scientific background with leadership experience and expert knowledge of CRISPR/Cas who would like to make use of both of these skill sets, while working with an organization who will support their own training and long-term development internally. There will also be occasional opportunities to travel to conferences and customers (including overseas travel)

Key responsibilities:

  • Supervise Research Associates, review performance, agree personal development plans and provide timely constructive feedback.
  • Design and implementation of advanced cell engineering topics in primary cells and cell lines using CRISPR/Cas gene editing, including design and execution or supervision of experiments, data analysis and data preparation
  • Manage or participate in the development of novel cell engineering products and applications for the bioresearch and pharmaceutical discovery, as well as the bioprocessing market
  • Advanced and specialized expertise in gene editing, molecular biology and related cell and gene therapy applications
  • Independent planning and implementation of scientific methods and approaches closely connected to cell and gene therapy applications
  • Constantly expands skill set and enhances relevant knowledge, by keeping up with literature, interacting with scientists, industry experts, and attending scientific conferences.
  • Presents project and program progress and outcomes at group and department meetings. Prepares and delivers professional presentations at national and international scientific conferences.

Key requirements:

  • Profound knowledge and expertise in gene editing methods, specifically CRISPR/Cas
  • PhD level education in a relevant biological field, or equivalent level of knowledge
  • Broad expertise and knowledge in cell biology, molecular biology and cell-based analysis methods
  • Strong team management skills, including communication skills and experience in developing team members.
  • Business fluency in English and German is essential, both written and spoken.

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: R60180