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Lead Biologist

Gaithersburg, MD
Start date
Apr 12, 2024

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Science/R&D, Biology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Ready to shape the future of science and global health? ATCC, a pioneer in biomaterials manufacturing, is seeking a full-time direct hire Lead Biologist for the cell GMP Bioproduction team.  This Lead Biologist will work onsite in Gaithersburg, MD and this pivotal role requires:

  • Experience manufacturing of cell biology products
  • Demonstrated skills in cell culture, cell expansion, upscaling and biobanking
  • Must have expertise manufacturing and/or cell banking experience under ISO or GMP regulations


  • Manufacturing Operations: Serve as a technical lead for cell manufacturing and banking under GMP regulations. Strictly follow standard operating procedures (SOPs), work instructions, and established processes. Support QA compliance, laboratory safety, equipment procurement, qualifications and maintenance, and procurement of supplies.

  • Documentation: Author and develop controlled documents for production runs in compliance with good manufacturing practices. Ensure accurate and meticulous documentation.

  • Continuous Learning and Problem-Solving: Subject matter expertise of various cell biology manufacturing processes and handle challenges in alignment with organizational policies.


Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field with 8+ years of relevant experience or equivalent
  • Prior manufacturing and/or cell banking experience in ISO or GMP regulations. 
  • Attention to detail and strong documentation skills.
  • Ability to multitask and handle responsibilities of an advanced nature, simultaneously.
  • Ability to adhere to corporate policies and strict manufacturing procedures.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to function as a participant in a team environment and cross functional teams.
  • Excellent time management and ability to meet required timelines.
  • Ability to work long hours occasionally.
  • Manufacturing, upscaling and biobanking of mid-sized banks of adherent and suspension cell lines (BSL-1 and BSL-2).
  • Strong written skills and demonstrated extensive experience in creation/development of controlled documents.
  • Experience with a quality management system.
  • Extensive experience working with T-flasks, Cell stacks, cell rollers, Erlenmeyer flasks and spinner flasks.
  • Experience with risks assessments, change controls and ability to support investigations related to deviations, CAPAs and Non-Conformances.
  • Prior experience with an ERP system and familiarity with the manufacturing, procurement, material transfer and inventory modules.

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience with aggregates cell lines, specialized cell lines, and 3D cultures is a plus.
  • Experience in training and mentoring team members is a plus.


We Invest in You 


  • Health & Wellness: 
    • Comprehensive medical coverage and company paid Life Insurance, Disability Insurance & AD&D
    • Work life balance with Paid Holidays and PTO
    • Fitness and cell phone subsidies, and additional benefits such as Aflac, legal services, and pet insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program offering around-the-clock counseling
  • Financial security: 
    • 401(a) (6% employer contribution) and 403(b) (2% match) retirement plans
    • Exceptional career advancement opportunities, recognition, and rewards
    • Corporate bonus program
  • Mission Focused:
    • Non-profit organization supporting critical life science research
    • We give scientists the tools they need to make discoveries that improve and save lives
    • Contribute to community involvement and social responsibility


Join ATCC, where we fuel your success, well-being, and development.  We're a mission focused non-profit Equal Opportunity Employer, championing diversity and inclusivity. When you work at ATCC, you become a part of that mission, one we've committed to for almost 100 years. Shape the future of science with us. 


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. 


ATCC is a private, nonprofit, global biological resource center and standards organization. We provide the scientific community credible biological products, advanced model systems, and high-quality services that support complex research in a variety of innovative applications resulting in incredible achievements in basic science, drug discovery, translational medicine, and public health.

We support the scientific community with the world’s largest and most diverse collection of human and animal cell products, as well as molecular genomic tools, microbe products, and biological materials. We offer a host of services, as well, including cell and microbial culturing and authentication, development and production of controls and derivatives, proficiency testing, and biomaterial deposit services. Through our ATCC Federal Solutions initiative, we lend our expertise to federal agencies in areas that include global health and infectious diseases, biodefense, and noncommunicable diseases.

We've developed a quality commitment, which includes ISO accreditations and standards, that has allowed ATCC to evolve from a traditional culture collection founded in 1925 to a biological resource center with an infrastructure that supports the future of life science and biotechnology.

Our newly expanded headquarters and bioproduction facility is located in Manassas, Virginia, near Washington DC, and a recently renovated research and technology center of excellence in Gaithersburg, Maryland.



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