Sr. Scientist, Process Development

Huntsville, AL, United States
Sep 16, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Nektar has an exciting opportunity for a Sr. Scientist, Process Development to join their team.

Leads in the execution of developing processes for the production, purification, fermentation and testing of new chemical entities, process formulas, technologies and products. Involved in new product scale-up, purification, process optimization, technology transfer and process validation activities. Develops production procedures and product specifications. Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories and contributes to scientific literature and conferences. Uses professional concepts and company policies and procedures to solve a wide range of difficult problems in imaginative and practical ways. May participate in the development of patent applications.

This position contributes to and supports the company's research and development efforts to create high value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs. Works on complex problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors. Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. May determine methods and procedures on new assignments. Serves as an in-house consultant. May act as spokes person on corporate research/technology/development and advise senior management. Leads in the use of professional and scientific concepts to contribute to the development of company concepts and principles to achieve objectives in creative and effective ways. Synthesizes multiple data sources and draws general, non-obvious conclusions. Defines complex problems, develops approaches and develops experiments with sound judgment. May independently represent the Company to outside organizations. Key contributor in the development of IP. Interfaces with various departments, customers and partners. Puts work practices in context with larger team and participates in the implementation of change when required. Plans and coordinates activities with other team members. Writes and/or approves complex reports and protocols. Identifies needs for additional resources. May assist with designing and implementing organizational processes, budgetary and capital equipment requirements, and identifies needs for additional resources. May lead staff or a group, provides training as needed, and ensures adherence to company policies and quality requirements.

A PhD in a scientific discipline is required. Equivalent experience may be accepted. A minimum of 5 years work experience in a research and/or development environment is required. Post-doctoral work may serve as experience. Exceptional non-PhDs with demonstrated capabilities and/or significant experience may also be considered. Must be able to demonstrate significant success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought. Must be current and active in field, while able to demonstrate expert knowledge in scientific principles and concepts both internally and externally with sustained performance and accomplishment. Must be able to clearly communicate scientific information both written and oral. Must be able to compose sound written work. Must possess good oral and written communication skills. Ability to present technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences is required. Must be able to demonstrate sound judgment. Must be able to demonstrate problem solving capabilities. Strong organizational skills are required. Good computer skills are required. Working knowledge of MS word, Excel, Power point and CambridgeSoft ChemOffice is a plus. Experience working in an FDA regulated environment and knowledge of current GMPs as they apply to laboratory practices are a plus. Previous management skills are a plus. Must be willing to work as part of a team. Must be able to demonstrate good interpersonal skills. Performance of tasks essential to the job function may require the employee to work directly with, handle, or otherwise come into contact with chemicals or pharmaceutical agents. Employees may be required to enroll in a medical surveillance program based on the potential exposure to certain health hazards encountered as a result of their job function.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.