Technical Specialist, Assay Development

United States, Walkersville (Maryland)

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.

Lonza is actively seeking a Technical Specialist, Assay Development to join our team in Walkersville, MD.  This position is part of a team that transfers new assays to the Quality Control team as well as optimizes existing release testing assays for cell culture media. The scientist should be able to independently define and execute optimization and technical transfer projects with minimal supervision. This is a hands on research job (50% lab based) where the scientist will be responsible for defining project targets, designing and executing experiments, analyzing data and drawing conclusions/next steps.

Key responsibilities:

  • Define, plan and successfully execute projects against aggressive timelines.
  • Investigate and clearly articulate the value proposition of assigned projects.
  • Be up to date on the latest research in the assigned project’s field.
  • Define project targets in close collaboration with a wider Lonza team which is working on a variety of cell culture media.
  • Develop sound project and experimental plans proactively seeking input from technical stakeholders. Translate plans to aggressive but achievable timelines while proactively managing technical and timeline risks.
  • Persevere to identify and remove roadblocks to timely and successful delivery with management support.
  • Independently and objectively analyze experimental data, organize technical reviews to communicate progress and findings within the Lonza technical and commercial teams and present progress to senior management. Analysis includes drawing conclusions within the wider group context, hypothesizing mechanistic explanations of observed results, and proposing next steps.
  • Develop strong collaborative working relationships between QC, MSAT and R&D. Actively solicit technical input and conversely provide input into other projects to generate discussion and a sense of shared success.
  • Write and revise technical documents and standard operating procedures, maintain accurate and up to date records, including appropriate lab notebook recordings, lab SOPs, test protocols and reports.
  • Train new hires, interns, and collaborators (both internal and external) on relevant technologies and platform.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Key requirements:

  • B.S. Degree in a relevant area (biology/bioengineering related) is required.  Master’s degree or PhD is strongly preferred. Substantial experience in the life science industry is required.
  • Cell biology and basic biochemistry; experience with a variety of cell culture systems (adherent and suspension, bioreactor operation) is required.
  • Aseptic technique / work with BSC level 2 is required.
  • Mammalian cell culture and isolation experience is required.
  • Experience in bioprocess engineering, especially bioreactors is strongly preferred
  • Experience with Cell culture media development is strongly preferred
  • Experience with Data analysis/statistics is strongly preferred
  • Stem cells culture (MSC, PSC) techniques and media requirements experience desired
  • Microcarriers and materials for scaffolds experience desired
  • Developmental biology/regenerative medicine experience desired
  • Closed cell culture and downstream processing systems experience desired
  • Excellent oral/written/presentation communication skills; strong work ethic; delegating skills; ability to perform in a team setting
  • Strongly prefer experience in:
  • FACS
  • Fluorescent microscopy
  • qPCR
  • Bioreactor operation
  • Design of Experiment
  • Assay development (detection assays, functional assays)
  • Automation (liquid handlers, robots, control systems)
  • Continuous processing (e.g. separation)
Reference: R31643