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The Downstream Process Development Research Associate supports and executes laboratory studies within the KBI Biopharma (KBI) Downstream Process Development organization.


Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct laboratory experiments in support of Downstream process development. This entails set-up, operation, and associated analysis of mammalian cell culture purification processes including preparing solutions, column packing, running downstream unit operations (chromatography, filtration, etc.) with low bioburden risk, and executing basic analysis of process samples (absorbance, pH, conductivity). Review data and results and reports/presents data at team meetings when appropriate.
  • Make detailed observations about experimental deviations from the expectations and carries out analysis / troubleshooting of experimental data.
  • Maintain / calibrate associated equipment and instrumentation. Schedule periodic maintenance for laboratory equipment.
  • Create documents operations, observations and results in laboratory notebooks (including electronic).
  • Responsible for producing high quality documentation and client reports suitable for publication and regulatory requirements.
  • Act as a project team member (representing DS PD) for customer development programs, acting as spokesperson on associated DS PD activities and interacting positively and productively with clients; Advising management on program status.
  • Assure proper labeling, handling, and storage of all chemicals used in the area; assures proper labeling and disposition of hazardous waste in satellite areas; adheres to all safety requirements and follow safe procedures, and attends all required safety and health training, including handling hazardous waste.

Minimum Requirements

  • B.Sc. degree and 3 years of related experience. The ideal candidate will have experience working with mammalian cell culture purification techniques and will have an in-depth understanding of engineering factors that influence purification process performance and product quality.
  • Records (accurately, clearly, and consistently) information, facts, and measurements that are required by GLP, and/or by co-workers in order to understand situations and to perform their assignments.  Prepares documents using own and others’ data; organizes, clarifies, and presents information for internal and external audiences using commonly available software such as MS Office.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Fluent in French and English.

Working Conditions

Flexible hours to support laboratory purification / alarm response over evenings and weekend.

Please note that due to the position's location, we can only consider candidates with European passports or Swiss working permits/citizenship.

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