Process Development Scientist

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Process Development Scientist

Process Development is a multi-disciplinary sub sector that focuses on the development of innovative therapies, taking these from the concept stage to bridge the translational gap into the next phase of clinical trials and create a replicable and robust manufacturing process.  As a Process Development Scientist you will work on upstream and / or downstream processes to ultimately deliver a process for a product that is replicable at the relative scale.  This type of work requires multi-disciplinary scientists with experience of utilising, for example, Molecular Biological, Biochemical and Cell Biological techniques.  Process Development is another  environment in which scientists are encouraged to use their creative thinking to develop replicable processes for the manufacture of therapies, overcoming the problems associated with this.  Process Development scientist are in demand within the Cell & Gene Therapy, Regenerative Medicine, Viral Vector, and Synthetic Biology sectors as these products and technologies are developed through each next phase and come to the market.

Skills and Experience required to become a Process Development Scientist

  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Bioprocessing of biologics and/or cell therapies,
  • GMP environment experience
  • Cell culture of human and/or mammalian cell lines using bioreactors
  • Flow cytometry
  • Engineering and device development
  • Ability to work a part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work autonomously and deliver results

Salary Levels

An experienced Bioprocess / Process Development Scientist, with a PhD and some relevant experience, can expect to earn something around £40,000. Salaries for Process Development Scientists tend to be quite generous, moving up to around £60,000 for a more senior Process Development Scientist.