Staff Scientist, Cell Biology

Thermo Fisher Scientific Grand Island, NY

About the Job

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them.

Location / Division

Grand Island, NY / BioProduction

How will you make an impact?

The Staff Scientist will plan and lead laboratory experiments and assays associated with the development of novel cell culture media formulations and processes.

What will you do?
  • Independently designs experimental plans, leads study execution, analyzes experimental data, generates laboratory protocols, and writes technical reports, quantitative analyses, and product summaries
  • Works on complex and challenging problems of broad scope where analysis of situations or data requires a comprehensive evaluation of numerous factors within aggressive timelines
  • Troubleshoots and solves difficult problems in the design/execution of development projects
  • Exercises practical judgment within broadly defined practices and policies and exhibits creativity and foresight in selecting approaches and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Investigates, creates, and incorporates new methods and technologies to improve effectiveness of development workflows
  • Actively capitalizes on knowledge of industry trends to identify new opportunities for novel product offerings that address customer pain points
  • Maintains accurate lab notebook to support protection of intellectual property in accordance with relevant Thermo Fisher required standards
  • Maintains high level of professional expertise and substantial knowledge of principles and theories through familiarity with competing technologies and/or products, review of current scientific literature, and attendance at scientific seminars and meetings
  • Presents data at scientific conferences (external and internal) and prepares relevant publications
  • Interacts closely with other internal departments (i.e., Marketing, Business Development, Quality, Operations and/or Technical Services) and with key thought leaders within the industry in the commercialization of new products
  • Complies with all company safety, training, and quality regulations (e.g., ISO compliance, GLP/GMP requirements, etc.) and procedures
  • May be required to perform other related duties as required and/or assigned

How will you get here?

Education / Experience

  • Ph.D. degree in Biology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry or related discipline AND 2 years of relevant experience; or master’s degree in Biology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry or related discipline AND 5 years relevant experience; or bachelor’s degree in Biology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry or related discipline AND 7 years of relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Expertise in the methods and techniques of small-scale mammalian cell culture
  • Broad familiarity of scientific principles associated within bioprocessing
  • Proven proficiency in data analysis, research design, troubleshooting, and the evaluation of new techniques and procedures for manufacturing reagents, systems, products or technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interpret and summarize scientific results in a clear, concise, & accurate manner
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to efficiently evaluate, prioritize and manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Comfortable working in a laboratory environment and lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • May be required to stand for long periods of time while performing duties
  • Must be able to work safely with chemicals and hazardous materials
  • Must be able to work flexible hours and travel requirements of 5 – 10 %

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior industrial experience, particularly in process development and/or cell culture media formulation development
  • Proven proficiency in statistical design of experiments (DOE)
  • Understanding of chemical, biochemical and physical interactions of cell culture media and reagent components
  • Previous cell culture experience with cell lines used in protein production applications (e.g. CHO, HEK293, NS0)
  • Previous experience with cell types used in cell therapy applications (e.g. T cells, MSC, ESC) or cell lines used in the production of viral vaccines (e.g. Vero, MRC-5, BHK)
  • Familiarity with the operation of bench-top stirred tank bioreactors and related process development laboratory equipment as well as the scale-up of bioreactor and mixing systems
  • Experience with high-throughput cell culture technologies (e.g. ambr15)
  • Previous experience leading small technical teams
  • Familiarity with project management techniques including tracking of project progress, resources and issues

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