Research Associate

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.

The Research Associate will work hands-on in a high-performing, cross-functional team developing and transferring scalable processes from clients to GMP for the manufacture of viral gene therapy products.  Team member will be responsible for understanding experimental study plans, executing experimental studies, analyzing data, and providing additional support to other departments as required (MSAT, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Program Management) with supervision. The candidate will may also contribute to experimental study plan, evaluate new technologies for new process or processes improvement, where applicable.

Key responsibilities:

  • Plans and performs tech transfer experiments in the PD lab related to upstream process development and optimization, tech transfer and troubleshooting independently or with supervision.

  • Works with adherent culture vessels, stirred-tank or WAVE bioreactors up to pilot scale. Be able to work with some guidance and support of PD scientists.

  • Utilizes knowledge and expertise in upstream production, recovery technologies to establish and optimize new processes for incorporation into viral product manufacturing. 

  • Responsible for compiling and/or analyzing experimental data, and summarizing in high-quality reports, supported with accurate and up to date records, including lab notebook and batch records. 

  • Designs and executes experiments with some supervision, including data analysis and communication.  Interprets results and proposes next steps to manager.

  • Capable of achieving deliverables in a timely fashion, and clearly communicating results to supervisor and/or clients, cross-functional teams.

  • Maintenance of quality systems and cGMP compliance for the business by ensuring to comply with processes, procedures and instructions for all activities participates.

Key requirements:

  • BS degree in biosciences, engineering or related discipline plus related working experience in biotech industry; or MS degree and at least related training.

  • Experience in microbial fermentation, mammalian cell culture is preferred.

  • Hands-on experience in WAVE/STR, depth filtration/clarification, ultrafiltration/diafiltration, closed and single use systems for mammalian or microbial production process is desirable.

  • Must possess good mathematics, engineering, statistical analysis and good documentation skills.

  • Demonstrated skills in problem-solving and proposing solutions.

  • Able to prioritize projects and manage time including the ability to meet deadlines as set by supervisor.

  • Must possess good written and oral communication skills.

  • Independent work skills and strong work ethic are desirable; ability to perform in a team setting essential for this key position

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: R38349