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Thermo Fisher Scientific Scientific Manager, Cell Culture Development in Princeton, New Jersey

Job Description

When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With revenues of $22 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

Location/Division Specific Information

Princeton, NJ

How will you make an impact?

Our cell culture development team in Princeton, NJ is looking for a talented and experienced Principal Scientist to join our upstream group. This position will be responsible for leading projects such as media/feed optimization, bioreactor process development and process characterization. A person in this role is expected to lead projects, troubleshoot technical challenges, apply new technologies and interact frequently with customers. Additionally, this person is expected to mentor the activities of junior staff and will have approximately 4 direct reports.

This position requires excellent interpersonal and presentation skills with demonstrated ability to present effectively in client meetings and reports. The candidate should be self-sufficient in planning and executing daily activities and able to troubleshoot technical challenges and apply innovative technology to improve efficiency.

What will you do?

  • Act as a lead upstream scientist on multiple programs having project oversight and direct and indirect report management responsibilities.

  • Plan project scope, timing and resource requirements.

  • Design and develop mammalian cell culture processes to support the production and manufacturing of recombinant proteins (including mAbs) with activities including:

  • Clone and media/feed screening using AMBR technology

  • Bioreactor culture development including fed-batch, perfusion and XD® technologies (2 to 50L scale) with both glass and single use cell culture technologies.

  • Design experimental plans based on the defined deliverables, planning the activities to meet the project timelines by working closely with project managers.

  • Lead the transfer of developed upstream processes to the global manufacturing network including documentation and technical know-how.

  • Write, revise and approve process development reports and technology transfer protocols.

  • Attend project-team meetings. Present and discuss the data and project progress at those meetings.

  • Stay current with relevant technologies and be able to identify and justify new equipment needs.

How will you get here?


  • PhD in biology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemical/biomolecular engineering, or equivalent science discipline.


  • At least 5 years of relevant biopharmaceutical industry experience.

  • Upstream bioprocessing experience utilizing mammalian cell cultures; experienced in designing and optimizing cell culture processes with manufacturing in mind

  • Demonstrated experience working with fed-batch and/or perfusion bioreactors. Expertise with Sartorius (including MFCS) and/or Finesse bioreactor control systems preferred.

  • Prior experience with direct reports in a supervisory role

  • Experience using design of experiments (DOE) software (i.e.MiniTab, JMP) preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of GMP regulations in cGMP manufacturing environment.

  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills.

  • Strong MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word skills. Microsoft Project skills preferred.

  • Excellent organization and planning skills.

  • Strong attention to detail and ability to adhere to standards procedures.

  • Ability to drive functional, technical and operational excellence.

  • Ability to inspire and foster innovation, collaboration, transparency and team effectiveness.

  • Ability to design complex studies based on the deliverables.

  • Ability to analyze and summarize complex scientific data.

  • Ability to author reports, procedures, and other documents.

  • Ability to function in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Ability to make and communicate complex decisions.

  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers and employees.

  • Ability to apply complex mathematical concepts to physical problems in areas such as heat and mass transport.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Apply today!

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.