Process Development Scientist

San Diego, CA
May 06, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

We have a full time Process Development Scientist role available supporting our team open in San Diego, CA.  We hold every member of our team to a high standard of excellence – because everyone on our team makes an impact on our success and contributes to our ability to thrive in the rapidly changing environment.


We are looking for a motivated person who is eager to learn and grow as a member of our team – someone who has experience in virus propagation and cell-based assays.  In this position, you would be responsible for overseeing a team focused on viral propagation and assay improvement.  In addition, you will also lead viral custom research projects by independently designing and overseeing and reporting on performance of these projects.  To succeed in this role, we expect that experience with several virus systems will be beneficial.


Some key responsibilities include:

  • Lead viral growth projects in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratory settings of taxonomically diverse RNA and DNA viruses and associated cell culture systems.
  • Lead and perform routine and custom cell-based assays to determine virus quantification and virus neutralization such as plaque assays, TCID50, IC50 and PRNT.
  • Lead the process development efforts around viral manufacturing and assays to improve yield, efficiency, titer, etc.
  • Lead the team in documenting the manufacturing process to replicate the gains from the process development efforts.
  • Development of new virus system assay and production pipelines.
  • Identify, evaluate and validate new technologies for measuring virus and viral components with accurate and precise concentrations.
  • Document research using GLP standards when appropriate to support new product design controls including validations, verifications, scale up and tech transfer to manufacturing, as well as technical and customer support departments.
  • Serve as subject matter expert in multiple technical disciplines including virology, molecular biology, genomics, and/ diagnostics.


Who is Microbiologics?


Microbiologics is one of the fastest growing international biotechnology companies in the nation. We are the world’s leading experts and go-to collaborators in biological products and services, focused on protecting the health and safety of people around the world. For over 50 years, we have been partnering with healthcare and life science laboratories, manufacturers, and suppliers across the globe to co-create and provide biological control materials, assay services and consulting for microbiology, molecular diagnostics, and virology. Headquartered in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, we have additional facilities in California, Kentucky, and Michigan.


Our award-winning culture is friendly, collaborative, and supportive, providing endless opportunities for individuals to learn and grow, both personally and professionally. At Microbiologics, we believe that "great vision without great people is irrelevant." That's why we are always looking for great people to join our dynamic, innovative company as we provide the highest quality biomaterials for a safer, healthier world.


What can we offer you?


Glad you asked!


We have a comprehensive benefits package that includes your standard benefits such as health and dental insurance, health savings account (company funded), life insurance, short and long-term disability, and a 401k program with a generous match to name a few.  In addition, we are proud to support our team and their families by offering daycare assistance, tuition reimbursement, bonus potential, a competitive compensation and benefits package, and plenty of opportunities for training and growth.


What makes you a good fit?


Our goal is finding the right individual for our team – we firmly believe that the right person is someone to invest in and invite to join our family.


Here is what we are looking for:

  • D. in relevant field Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics,

OR Biochemistry with 5-7 years of relevant industry experience

OR M.S. with 14+ years of relevant industry experience

  • Demonstrated record for innovative research in human viruses.
  • Minimum experience translating expertise into practical solutions to customer needs and working in GMP virology or cell culture lab required.
  • Experience with laboratory culture and cultural and genetic manipulation of taxonomically diverse viruses.
  • Experience with viral quantification and antiviral assays.