Associate Scientist I/II, Cell Culture

Worcester, MA, US
Jun 14, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
We are seeking an enthusiastic, creative Associate Scientist with experience in cell and molecular biology to join the Cell Culture group within the Process Sciences Department at the AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Worcester, MA. We are responsible for developing biologics manufacturing processes to enable early and late phase clinical programs. We interact closely with other groups in drug development, along with Manufacturing and Discovery, to deliver upstream processes that are high yield, manufacturing friendly, robust and have desirable product quality attributes.

As an Associate Scientist, you will be involved in fundamental research to understand CHO cell metabolism and translate the knowledge to improve product quality and productivity.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development of biochemical assays to measure cellular metabolic indexes, including metabolite concentrations, cellular energetics and redox status, and molecular traits associated with cellular stresses.
  • Aseptically culture suspension cells and work with pH-, light- or temperature-sensitive samples.
  • Prepare cell culture media from powders or stock solutions.
  • Perform statistical analysis to help result interpretation and data-driven hypothesis building.
  • Maintain a high level of productivity in the lab, with clear, accurate and timely documentation.
  • Evaluate different scale down models, ie cell culture plates, spin tubes, shake flasks, and bioreactors.
  • Effectively communicate scientific data and concepts to internal and external audiences through reports and presentations.
  • Understand and adhere to corporate standards regarding code of conduct, safety, and GMP compliance.

Position will be hired based on level of experience.
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in biochemical/chemical engineering or life sciences related disciplines with typically 0-4+ (BS) or 0+ (MS) years of experience; pharmaceutical/ biotechnology industry preferred
  • Aseptic culture technique
  • Experience in preparing pH-, light- or temperature-sensitive biological reagents, including cell pellets and extracts, and cell culture media
  • Experience in extracting cell lysate, RNA or DNA and knowledge in basic molecular biology assays, such as electrophoresis, Western blotting and PCR
  • Experience in assay development, such as enzymatic assays and colorimetric plate reader-based assays
  • Detail-oriented and excel at biochemical calculations, including unit conversion, molar concentrations
  • Self-motivated and strong scientific curiosity
  • Knowledge in statistical data analysis tools is highly desirable

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Cell labeling and FACS analysis
  • Experience in AMBR or other high-throughput bioreactor technologies is a plus.
  • Experience with electronic notebook