Senior Scientist, Downstream Process Development

  • 130000 USD - 130000 USD
  • Gaithersburg, United States
  • Permanent

Senior Scientist - Downstream Process Development

Location: Gaithersburg Maryland

About Us: We are a leading life science recruiting agency, specializing in connecting top talent with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Our dedicated team works closely with our clients to identify and recruit exceptional candidates who can drive innovation and contribute to the advancement of science and healthcare. Join us in making a difference in the world of life sciences.

Role Overview: We are currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Scientist to join our Downstream Process Development group. The Senior Scientist will be instrumental in driving downstream process optimization and scale-up efforts for proteins, nanoparticles, and virus-like particle (VLP) based vaccines.


  • Independently design, execute, and analyze experiments to develop and optimize downstream processes, ensuring phase-appropriate, high-yielding, and scalable processes.
  • Lead process characterization studies and provide technical support for cGMP manufacturing activities.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including Discovery, Process Sciences, Upstream Development, and Analytical Development, to drive innovative solutions and meet project milestones.
  • Present findings, interpret data, and prepare technical reports summarizing critical results and process descriptions.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and emerging technologies in downstream processing, contributing to continuous improvement initiatives.


  • Ph.D. or Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in downstream process development, preferably in the biopharmaceutical or vaccine industry.
  • Expertise in protein purification, nanoparticle purification, or virus-like particle (VLP) purification techniques.
  • Strong proficiency in experimental design, data analysis, and technical report writing.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement.
  • Collaborative and dynamic work environment fostering innovation and creativity.
Joe Nikic Senior Recruiter

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