Manufacturing Science & Technology Scientist (Viral Vector)

United States, Houston (Texas)

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.

Our Lonza site in Houston is seeking a Manufacturing Science and Technology Scientist. As a member of the MSAT Team (Manufacturing Science and Technology), you are responsible for the successful transfer of processes into production. As such, you are in direct contact with our clients and Research & Development scientists. You ensure process scalability and manufacturability. You are the person in charge for process integration related aspects during campaign preparation and you are responsible for process supervision and reporting during and after production campaigns. In addition, you will coordinate all process relevant major deviations and process adaptations and you are responsible for continuous improvement of the manufacturing processes.

Key responsibilities:

  • Functional Lead for Process Technology Transfer: The MSAT Scientist will be responsible for the successful transfer of Viral Vector Processes into GMP production. The incumbent will collaborate with MSAT Sr. Scientists and cross-functional teams, including Process Development (PD), Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Supply Chain, and Program Management among others to ensure on time delivery of Technology Transfer activities. The MSAT Scientist will also represent Lonza at client facing meetings.
  • Technical Subject Matter Expert (SME): The incumbent will act as SME within the MSAT team as well as for other Lonza teams. The activities include but are not limited to, performing process fit-to-plant and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)-based risk assessment, characterizing and scaling-up equipment , authoring and reviewing Process Flow Diagrams, Bill of Materials, and reviewing and approving Production Batch records. The incumbent will also provide technical support to GMP execution of the new processes and critical unit operations. Technical support to Deviation Investigations, Corrective Action Prevention Plans (CAPAs), and Change Controls is also expected.
  • Data Management: The MSAT Scientist will perform detailed review of processes from Clients and PD of various operational parameters. The incumbent will initiate Part Numbers and Material Specifications, generate Technology Transfer documents (e.g. protocols, reports, process summary), perform process monitoring (manufacturing data analysis, summary, and presentation), author campaign summary reports and recommend improvements for MSAT practices and procedures.

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in a field of study such as Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, or other life science fields.
  • Related Master of Science or PhD degree is a plus.
  • Experience with Biologics Process Development, Technology Transfer and/or Manufacturing.
  • Work experience in Upstream Processing (adherent and/or suspension cell culture, scale-up and bioreactor operation) and/or Downstream Processing (Chromatography operation, Ultrafiltration/Diafiltration (UF/DF), Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF), and Filtration). 
  • Work experience in viral vector Process Development or Manufacturing is a plus.

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.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R28972