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Senior Scientist, GMP Bioprocess Development Product Line Manager

Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  190824
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  Jan 28, 2023

This Position is Fully Grant Funded


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GMP Bioprocess Development Senior Scientist, Product Line Manager

Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI)


Role Summary


The Process Development Senior Scientist will serve as a product technical leader to oversee upstream development activities and expressed protein related projects.  They will provide deep expertise to afford sufficient technical oversight in these specific areas to enable development of sufficient processes in support phase I manufacture of novel immunogen constructs.  In this role the Senior Scientist will lead upstream development (e.g., cell culture, fermentation, etc.) and collaborate with other product leads and supporting teams to derive the next generation of immunogens for HIV, influenza, and emerging diseases such as coronaviruses.  This role will define quality target product profiles for each vaccine construct, maintain technical readiness dashboards, and derive comprehensive empirical plans leveraging strategic historic knowledge and alignment with manufacturing capabilities.  They will also define the work package scopes and coordinate empirical execution across upstream development in collaboration with other process development teams, as well as analytical and GMP-Operations teams.  The Senior Scientist will serve as the primary subject matter expert where they will present findings to both internal and external sponsors, provide technical guidance, and facilitate technical transfer throughout the process development lifecycle, in particular in collaboration with the GMP-Operation teams.  The role will also identify and enable capability gaps, as well as, foster innovation within process development and GMP-Operations to enable phase I manufacture of novel immunogen constructs.   



  • Lead upstream development and expressed protein projects with other product line leads to derive the next generation of immunogens (30%)
  • Facilitate technical transfer throughout the process development lifecycle in collaboration with the GMP-operation team (20%)
  • Coach and mentor upstream staff scientist (10%)
  • Identify and enable capability gaps and foster innovation within process development and internal GMP-Operations (10%)
  • Compile pivotal results and draft and present coherent and cohesive communication packages to foster understanding and derive collaborative decisions with sponsors and the GMP organization (10%)
  • Ensure good documentation practices within the electronic notebook, inventory systems, and so on (10%)
  • Oversee collaborative drafting of technical development reports and process technical transfer documents (10%)


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering or related field; an advanced degree (Master's or PhD) is preferred
  • 13 years relevant experience in the biopharmaceutical industry or equivalent
  • GMP experience is required


Required Skills



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