Sr. Scientist - Microbial Fermentation, Protein Sciences, CMC (SYN)

La Jolla, CA, United States
Oct 01, 2020
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Synthorx, a Sanofi Company, is using a novel synthetic biology platform for the discovery and development of transformational protein therapeutics. We are hiring a driven Scientist with strong background in microbial protein expression and a working knowledge of protein biochemistry. This candidate will be responsible for the development of protein expression processes using Synthorx E.coli recombinant platform to support lead candidate selection, pre-clinical studies and technical transfer to external GMP manufacturing partners. We are seeking a self-starting, highly independent and collaborative individual, able to operate at high pace to meet aggressive timelines.

Key Responsibilities:

• Perform all steps of protein expression and scale-up. Experience with microbial fermentation is required. Experience with E.coli fermentation is highly desirable.

• Experimentally determine methods to optimize yields and other process parameters for protein expression.

• Experience with recombinant production of polypeptides.

• Lead fermentation process optimization using a data driven approach.

• Experience with fermentation equipment at bench, pilot and industrial scale.

• Collaborate with platform and downstream process development teams to ensure efficient integration of fermentation and upstream and downstream functions.

• Develop standard operating procedures, document protocols and technology transfer.

• Support internal lead discovery efforts and pre-clinical studies.

• Supervise/Mentor junior staff and provide insight and technical expertise for project progression.

• Maintain a high standard for quality control including up-to-date data records for all protein deliveries. • Troubleshoot challenging technical, experimental, and instrumental issues.


• PhD degree with a major in biochemistry, biochemical engineer, microbial physiology, biology or related field and 3+ or MSc and 10+ years of hands-on experience with recombinant protein production.

• Experience with E. coli-based protein expression including scale-up preparation employing fermentation instrumentation and protocols.

• Strong understanding of microbial physiology and its impact on process optimization.

• Experience with platform systems for incorporation of novel amino acids into polypeptides is a plus.

• Experience with DOE methodology for improving fermentation titers is highly desired.

• Experience in protein characterization (SDS PAGE, Western Blotting, HPLC). Understanding of MS methods for QC is a plus.

• Familiarity with protocols involving extraction from inclusion bodies and refolding is a plus.

• Hands-on familiarity with standard molecular biology methods.

• Regular activities require ability to communicate effectively and rapidly reprioritize to match dynamic and demanding timelines.

Travel: 0-20%

Additional preferred skills:

• Experience in technical transfer to external CMOs.

• Experience in regulatory submissions.

• Basic understanding of cancer biology and/or immunology.

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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