Principal / Senior Research Associate – Purification, Downstream

Employer
Sanofi US
Location
92121, San Diego
Posted
Nov 30, 2021
Ref
R2594532
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Synthorx, a Sanofi Company, has advanced a revolutionary technology that expands the genetic alphabet to drive the site-specific incorporation of multiple non-natural amino acids into proteins of any size, and to manufacture these improved proteins at scale. This technology opens-up opportunities to make novel protein therapeutics to previously difficult to drug targets; more information can be found: https://www.sanofi.com/en/science-and-innovation/research-and-development/technology-platforms/synthorin-technology-platform

We are seeking a Principal Research Associate / Senior Research Associate to join our Protein Sciences team. This individual has a hands-on role performing downstream process development and scale-up for molecules expressed in our semisynthetic expression platform. This will entail development of primary recovery, refolding, purification, filtration, and formulation operations. The Principal / Senior Research Associate will also author technical documents (reports, tech transfer documents, SOPs), present data to key stakeholders, and participate in troubleshooting. This individual provides the group with technical proficiency, scientific creativity, and a methodical approach to troubleshooting and problem-solving.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute downstream processes for refolding and purification of expressed proteins, within aggressive timelines.
  • Prepare and present project updates to ensure timely delivery.
  • Provide technical guidance and training to co-workers in the execution and analysis of downstream processes and in the use of current and new equipment.
  • Consummate ability to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, cross-functional environment, with superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Proactively troubleshoot and mitigate complex technical, experimental, and instrumental issues.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree, plus minimum 4 years of relevant academic / industry experience; or MS degree plus minimum 1 year of relevant academic / industry experience.
  • Hands-on experience in developing and executing methods for protein purification. Experience with high throughput purification (HTP) strategies and refolding of proteins from inclusion bodies is a plus.
  • Hands-on experience with AKTA instrumentation is required. Familiarity with various modes of chromatography (IEX, HIC, RPC, SEC, affinity) is highly desirable.
  • Experience with filtration (TFF, ultrafiltration / diafiltration) is desirable.
  • Experience in protein characterization methods (SDS-PAGE, Western Blotting, HPLC, CGE, endotoxin) is advantageous.
  • Must have permanent US work authorization

What makes this position unique?

  • Synthorx’s novel platform + Sanofi’s pipeline and resources = Limitless therapeutic potential!
  • Small company biotech culture within a bigger pharmaceutical company.
  • Highly dynamic and collaborative environment.

Benefits of working in this role:

  • Opportunities to grow within a rapidly expanding multinational company.
  • Benefit of being part of a larger company: vast resources, including mentoring programs, professional development online resources.
  • Synthorx and Sanofi company-wide recognition systems.

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.

 

At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.

At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.