WuXi AppTec

Associate Scientist - Process Development, Upstream

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
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Responsible for conducting experiments in order to support the development of upstream cell culture process platforms and client based processes with a focus on Cell and Gene therapy programs. The incumbent will actively participate in the execution of suspension and adherent cell culture experiments. This position will work with a team of scientists and technical specialists responsible for process development and technology transfer to ensure the application of well-designed unit operations for inclusion in routine manufacturing operations supplying clinical and commercial materials. Responsible for supporting development project leads in the development and scale-up of Cell and Gene therapy processes. Contributes to operations of development team, and may support tech transfer activities as necessary.


• Set up, execute and monitor experiments related to adherent monolayer and 3D cell culture as well as suspension processes for Cell and Gene therapies.
• Record experimental results according to GDP standards.
• Monitors and communicates inventory needs to the departments Materials Management group.
• Communicates status of operations, safety and maintenance problems, in a timely manner to Area Management.
• Contributes to training of new employees on areas of technical expertise and compliance issues relevant to the lab setting.
• Effectively communicates with clients and vendors.
• Ability to work in a team environment and independently as required.
• Support media formulation, bioreactor operation and control, scale-up and full scale processing on various cellular types, focus on Cell and Gene therapies.
• Support Technology Transfer activities to Pilot Process Development and GMP manufacturing.
• Set up, execute and monitor experiments to trouble shoot deviation investigation and to assess product impact for projects employing developed technology/processes. Serves as an internal subject matter expert (SME).
• Record experimental results according to GDP standards.


• Bachelors or Masters in Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Bioengineering or related field with Biopharma / Biotech industry or Academic experience.
• 2 – 4 years of relevant experience with a Bachelors’ degree.
• 0 – 2 years of relevant experience with a Masters’ degree.


Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

• Experience in upstream bioprocess unit operations such as aseptic processing techniques, culture of adherent and/or anchorage dependent cells and suspension cell culture are required.

• Demonstrated ability to write technical protocols and reports as well as technology transfer protocols as needed.

• Experience in cell banking and cell line development is desired.

• Demonstrated ability for critical thinking, innovation and problem solving.


Our Values:

Integrity & Dedication, Working Together & Sharing Success; Do the Right Thing & Do it Right.


Our greatest asset is our people, WuXi is dedicated to providing opportunities for internal growth with direct access to a dedicated and accessible Human Resources team.


WuXi AppTec provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.


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