Principal Scientist – Materials Science – LA, SF or MA

Principal Scientist – Materials Science – LA, SF or MA

April 11th, 2017 by

Principal Scientist – Materials Science – LA, SF or MA

This Principal Scientist position will be a subject matter expert and will be responsible for providing scientific and technical leadership and strategic direction to the evaluation of designated raw materials, in this case materials used in biopharmaceutical applications for cell culture and microbial fermentation, and their potential impact on product quality and process performance.

This individual will be responsible for assessing supplier capabilities, technical competencies and understanding of the needs of biopharmaceutical manufacturers.

The role supports or leads cross-functional teams of experienced scientists and engineers through project challenges and risk assessments while mentoring them in the selection of the most appropriate materials and technologies.

The person will actively chart the course and translate business strategies into challenging, actionable objectives and plans, and will apply meaningful metrics for projects, personnel and other resources.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree & 3 years of scientific experience


Master’s degree & 7 years of scientific experience


Bachelor’s degree & 9 years of scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Life Sciences/Chemical Engineering/Life Science with specialization in upstream processes, or multiple years in the manufacture of pharmaceutical plastics.

• Ten years work experience in fermentation/cell culture in biopharmaceutical applications or manufacture of materials for upstream applications.

• Knowledge of license applications and the drug development process.

• Familiarity with all aspects in upstream biopharmaceutical applications, current state of the art technologies and emerging scientific directions.

• Knowledge of current state of the art technologies and emerging scientific and regulatory directions for testing and securing quality and minimizing variability.

• Leadership experience of progressively increased scope.

• Strong interdisciplinary project management skills.

• Ability to independently uncover and resolve issues associated with the development and implementation of scientific projects.

• Experience collaborating with experience networking and building solid working relationships across departments, with diverse and remote staff and with external collaborators from key suppliers.

• Team leadership, management, and facilitation skills

• Should be willing to travel (approx 30%) to other sites and/or support supplier technical assessments or audits at short notice domestically and overseas.

• Extensive knowledge of the manufacturing processes, usage, regulatory requirements, practices, scientific properties and risks associated with the raw materials for pharmaceutical and biological products.

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