R&D Associate I/II

Job Location
Gaithersburg, MD
Job Description

We are currently looking to recruit a R&D associate I/II to be based in our Gaithersburg facilities. This position is primarily laboratory-based.The successful candidate will work on projects that are focused on early stage cell culture process development. The candidate will be an active member of a team responsible for identifying top clones and developing, improving and optimizing scalable mammalian cell culture processes for the production of therapeutic proteins and monoclonal antibodies.

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, routine sub-culture of cells, development of optimized and robust bioreactor processes, medium and feed development, cell banking, designing of experiments; statistical analysis of data, trouble-shooting and developing new technologies.

The candidate will also contribute to writing development reports, summarizing and interpreting results and writing technology transfer documents.

The candidate will be expected to maintain current knowledge of scientific literature as well as take initiative to identify and solve scientific and technical challenges of the field.

The candidate will be expected to present data at internal meetings and as appropriate at external conferences. It is expected that the candidate will maintain lab equipment that is used to support lab operations. The use of a lab notebook and the collection of detailed and accurate records are required.


Bachelor or Master of Science degrees in chemical/ biochemical/ biomolecular engineering or related science disciplines.


* Bachelor's degree with 0 - 3 yrs;
* Masters degree with 0 - 3 yrs


* Bachelor's degree with 3 - 6 yrs (5yrs ideal);
* Masters degree with 0 - 3 yrs

(please note that PhDs and MDs are considered to be over-qualified for this job opening).


* A high degree of proficiency in MS Office (or related) programs such as spread-sheet programs and data analysis is required.
* A good understanding of biochemical engineering concepts, biochemical pathways, and/or biochemistry is required.
* Excellent team work, communication skills and trouble-shooting abilities are also considered a must.
* Must be willing to work weekend as well as off-hours work due to the nature of cell culture and fermentation work.


* Experience with aseptic techniques, mammalian cell culture and running bioreactors is preferred but not required.
* Additional desirable skills include medium development, knowledge of Design of Experiments and statistical data analysis.

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