Scientist, Upstream Pilot Plant, Process Development
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Scientist, Upstream Pilot Plant, Process Development

King of Prussia, PA

The Center for Breakthrough Medicines is on track to be the largest single-site cell and gene therapy contract development and manufacturing organization in the world. Our comprehensive service offering accelerates speed to market through supply chain disruption mitigation strategies, end-to-end program management expertise and unique platform technology with the ability to follow a molecule from idea to commercialization. CBM’s integrated approach provides high quality and consistent end-to-end manufacturing capability including: Process and Analytical Development; Plasmid DNA production; Viral Vector Production of Lentivirus; AAV and Adenovirus; Testing and Analytics; Autologous, Allogeneic and Gene-edited Cell Therapy Bioprocessing; and Cell banking. CBM’s horizontal and vertical integration provides one source throughout a product’s life cycle.

CBM’s mission is to accelerate the delivery and affordability of lifesaving and life-changing therapies from discovery to market by offering a complete solution for the development and commercialization of cell and gene therapies.

CBM is located just outside of Philadelphia in the Heart of Cellicon Valley on The Discovery Labs campus set on 300 acres with 2.4 million square feet of life sciences lab and manufacturing space, allowing clients to scale their development and manufacturing needs without ever having to change sites, while providing employees a true community campus experience focused exclusively on life sciences.

The Discovery Labs is a Global Platform Company inclusive of CBM, The Discovery Labs Properties, UniteIQ incubator labs, and The Colony, a unique investment and resource model enabling groundbreaking therapies to be brought to life.


This role is responsible for planning, executing, analyzing, reporting on, and presenting on studies related to Pilot Plant Process Scale-Up and Execution. This position works closely with the Tech Transfer technical leader, technical teams within Process Development, and the client to understand and deliver against defined objectives. This role authors and reviews technical protocols and reports, and procedures. The ideal candidate should have a track record of demonstrated success as well as personal attributes including initiative, independent thinking, solution-oriented and collaboration skills.


  • Strong team member and contributor to overall pilot plant operations, planning for success in all aspects of process scale-up and execution, for the successful delivery of pilot process operations
  • Independent functioning as a bench scientist, capable of creating a study plan including execution and reporting/presentation, when presented with a problem statement
  • Independent management of work, including sourcing of materials, use of equipment and space, time management, problem solving, and risk identification/escalation to meet objectives
  • Supports technical leader in the design and implementation of pilot plant process development strategies
  • Hands-on laboratory work in developing, executing, and optimizing of pilot plant upstream unit operations
  • Support technology transfers from development to pilot scale and ultimately into vector manufacturing
  • Author protocols to support pilot-scale execution and pilot summary reports.
  • Works closely with clients and technical team on appropriate process and characterization studies to enable manufacturing

Education & Experience

  • BS (4+ years experience) or MS (2+) in Chemical Engineering, Biology, or similar life sciences degree with experience in upstream technologies and demonstrated laboratory proficiency
  • Hands-on experience with common upstream pilot equipment and operations (i.e., adherent/suspension cell expansion, rocker bioreactors, single-use stirred tank reactors up to 500L, transfection, and harvest filtration/clarification) and ability to train junior staff
  • Ability to follow procedures with attention to detail, and successfully execute experiments at the bench
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed execution records and perform data analysis
  • Knowledge or experience with gene therapy manufacturing in the biotech industry is preferred
  • Strong communication skills (e.g., clear and concise) and a team player
  • Strong time and project management skills
  • Critical and logical thinking with ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, and implement recommendations for resolution
  • Self-motivated and flexible, able to prioritize, multi-task, and work in a fast-paced & demanding environment
  • Takes ownership of the assigned project, consulting with management and peers
  • Able to understand and interpret data/information and its practical application

Compensation: TBD

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