Senior Scientist, Downstream Process Development

Gaithersburg, Maryland
Nov 11, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

We are currently searching for a Senior Scientist, Downstream Process Development to provide support to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a full-time position with MSC, and is on-site in Gaithersburg, MD.  


Duties & Responsibilities
  • Develop downstream processes, with minimal supervision, for recombinant proteins such as monoclonal antibodies, subunit or nanoparticle vaccines, and virus-like particles (VLPs) that may be used as clinical therapeutic or vaccine candidates.
  • Work independently and collaboratively within the purification group to design, develop and optimize chromatography, Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF), and Normal Flow Filtration (NFF) processes.
  • Apply process optimization techniques, such as Design of Experiments (DoE) or other statistical design approaches.
  • Purify research-phase recombinant proteins, virus vaccines and/or virus-like particles in support of other groups.
  • Serve as a functional lead and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) in an inter-department Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control (CMC) team with responsibilities for the following processes: chromatography, depth filtration, nano-filtration, and tangential-flow filtration (TFF)
  • Train associate scientists in the execution of chromatography and filtration processes.
  • Support Viral Clearance Validation studies by traveling to CMO/CRO sites to perform and oversee viral clearance chromatography and filtrations processes.
  • Work collaboratively with all departments to coordinate schedules, material needs, and other deliverables to advance site-wide project goals.
  • Analyze and compile data, present at various group/department meetings.
  • Represent the program at external conferences, workshops, and/or seminars.
  • Write and review process batch records for toxicology batch productions.
  • Write and review technology transfer documents in support of GMP manufacturing.
  • Write and/or review appropriate CMC sections of IND filings (e.g Process Description Summaries) to support regulatory group.
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, or related Life Sciences field.
  • M.S. Degree with 6 years or more, relevant experience is also acceptable.
  • Two (2) to ten (10) years of experience in industry-relevant recombinant protein process development for GMP clinical-phase products.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of maintaining accurate and detailed records.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the following techniques or tools for protein purification and characterization:
    • Column chromatography for protein purification by means of AEX, CEX, affinity, SEC, HIC
    • Column packing and testing
    • AKTA chromatography system
    • Lab scale TFF systems
    • Lab scale nano-filtration systems
    • Qualitative assays including SDS-PAGE and Western Blot
    • UV/Vis spectrophotometer
  • Must be a team player who can effectively work with members from cross-functional departments.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with computer software including word processing and data evaluation.
  • Knowledge and use of statistical design of experiments (DoE).


Due to our contractual requirements, to be eligible for this role, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at time of hire.  

Company Description

Dovel Technologies and its Family of Companies (Medical Science & Computing and Ace Info Solutions) were acquired in October 2021.


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