University of Florida UFL - Alachua, FL

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST, Process Development Lab

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$32,000 – $38,000 annually, Negotiable based upon education and experience.

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This position is located in Progress Corporate Park in Alachua, FL.





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The Biological Scientist at the Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology’s Florida Biologix Process Development (PD) lab and cGMP manufacturing group will be responsible for assisting in the development of processes for the downstream purification/separation of vectors, viruses, small molecules, and proteins. The incumbent will work both independently and directly with the downstream manager in the execution of Process Development and cGMP purification protocols and processes, assist in writing and editing process development reports and production documents and perform related duties including buffer preparation, autoclaving, routine maintenance of equipment, ordering, etc.

Perform Process Development and cGMP compliant purification/separation processes and techniques as required by different projects. Participate in experiments to optimize and scale up purification steps in Process Development. Assist in transfer of developed processes to Manufacturing including all related tasks. Perform or assist in performing downstream purification processes under cGMP requirements and according to SOPs.

Perform other laboratory duties such as making buffers needed for above processes, preparation and autoclaving of required components, column preparation and all associated documentation. Perform these following procedures and in compliance with cGMPs.

Assist in drafting or revising required RMS’s, SOP’s, PDPRs, PBRs, reports, and deviations as they pertain to downstream/separation process development and manufacturing operations. Ensure acceptability to QA dept.

Assist in sourcing and ordering of raw materials, perform maintenance for both laboratories and equipment as required by procedures.

Other duties as assigned. Typically, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Evening and weekend work is required to meet timelines and objectives, but on an intermittent basis.

Minimum Requirements:
A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and one year of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

This is a time limited position.

Preferred Qualifications:
A minimum of a BS with 2+ years working experience or MS in an appropriate area of specialization is desired with a preference in biochemical engineering, biological sciences, biochemistry, chemical engineering or related field. Hands-on experience of AKTA purification system. Hands on industrial and/or academic lab experience in separation technologies. Knowledge of cGMP, large scale separation and purification techniques.

Assay experience such as UV/Vis, ELISA , SDS - PAGE , Western blot, q- PCR is a plus.

Cell culture experience is also a plus.

Required Skills

Strong verbal and written skills in English required as well as effective interpersonal, technical and troubleshooting skills are required. Mathematical ability to develop formulas for preparation of buffers based on normality, molality, etc. Working knowledge and use of Microsoft Office computer programs including Power Point and Access. Outstanding planning, organization, multitasking and communication skills.

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Ability to gown aseptically to enter cleanroom. Ability to stand for long periods. Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. Occasional respirator usage is required. Flexibility, self-motivation, efficiency and responsibility are required for this position.

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