Senior Scientist Cell-Based Process Technologies (M/F)

January 7th 2021

At Univercells Vaccines, we believe in the power of human ingenuity to design high-performance and low-footprint manufacturing solutions for improving global access to life-saving medicines at an affordable cost. Our innovation department continually monitors the state-of-the-art in bioprocessing platforms and contributes to the advancement of engineering solutions that help us to achieve our objectives. As Senior Scientist Cell-Based Process Technologies, you will be responsible for all operations within the Innovation department that focus on cell culture-based process technology platforms, covering all possible expression systems (both microbial e.g. bacterial, yeast and non-microbial e.g. insect cells, mammalian cells). The remit of the Cell-Based Process Technologies Group extends from screening and selection of gene and virus vector technologies and expression systems to all upstream and downstream processing technologies relating to cell-based production platforms.

Mission Description

Main tasks include:

  • Remain up to date on the state-of-the-art in bioprocessing technologies of relevance for Univercells, through appropriate channels;
  • Analyze process innovation challenges and propose achievable engineering solutions meeting user requirements, as defined;
  • Plan and execute process innovation projects, from concept to functional process prototype, with potential further scaling to industrial-size solutions;
  • Prepare and transfer all documentation, data and knowledge to (internal or external) technology recipients;
  • Identify IP opportunities and prepare associated documentation, as appropriate;
  • Assist in due diligence of external process technology providers, as required;
  • Provide technical assistance in support of the commercialization of new technology concepts, when requested;
  • Manage department resources, including laboratories and equipment, staff, budget, reagents and consumables etc.

Candidate profile

  • PhD in a relevant field of life sciences, such as biology, (bio)chemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering, biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences or similar fields
  • Not less than 5 years of experience in research & development in the biopharmaceutical industry, focused on cell culture technologies; additional (direct or indirect) experience with downstream process technologies is a significant plus
  • Prior experience with the set-up and operation of a laboratory (operating procedures, work planning, stock management…) is highly preferred
  • Prior experience with viral and non-viral production processes, different expression systems (e.g. microbial and non-microbial) and technologies (e.g. adherent vs. suspension culture) is a significant plus
  • Passion for scientific & technological innovation
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication and (scientific) writing skills
  • Strong people management skills, ability to influence others with impact
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency in English (both written and oral) is required; knowledge of French or Dutch is a plus
  • Experience working in a matrix environment and multicultural environment is a plus
  • Ability to think analytically and conceptually and a highly structured mindset



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