Job description

Dear Candidates,

This is Keziah from NewAgeSys, Inc. We are a leading staffing firm and work with the leading pharmaceutical clients like Merck, Novartis, Alcon, Alexion, Seqirus, Ortho Clinical, etc.

A major pharma client is currently looking for a Scientist in West Point, PA.

Interested candidates can send their resume to or you can reach me at 609-608-0932.

Note : Days: Tue-Sat, Shift: 2nd shift

Req Number: 34061

Req Title: Scientist I

Client: A major pharma company

Work Address: 770 Sumneytown Pike, 19486 United States, West Point, PA

Duration: 12 Months with possible extension

Hours per Week: 40.0

Position Summary:

We currently have an opportunity for a scientist to join our team in Varicella bulk vaccine manufacturing, within the Client, supporting a new PAT (process analytical technology) lab and laboratory operations.

  • A successful candidate must have problem-solving and troubleshooting skills, as well as an interest in understanding how cell expansion and viral propagation impact the manufacturing process and vice versa.
  • In this role, the candidate will take responsibility for routine assay execution, laboratory maintenance, maintaining GMP documentation, and proactive process and assay monitoring of the Varicella zoster virus propagation process.
  • Furthermore, the candidate must be able to work efficiently in a high paced environment, collaborate well with others, and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Primary activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct a real-time flow cytometry assay in support of increased manufacturing process control and consistency in viral growth kinetics.
  • Participate in the transfer of process analytical technologies (PAT) to cGMP manufacturing facilities, and support implementation and operations in the new PAT laboratory.
  • Support routine laboratory operations, cleaning, supply ordering, and preventative maintenance.
  • Support proactive process monitoring through assay and process data collection, GMP laboratory experiments (e.g., viral growth curves), etc.
  • Characterize existing processes, identify key sources of variability, and identify potential process improvements.
  • Conduct laboratory experiments to support technical investigations and implement sustainable long term solutions


Required Experience/Skills:

  • The ability to work a flexible, rotating shift schedule, which will be predominantly nights and weekend coverage, will be required based on manufacturing process support needs.
  • BS in life science (e.g., biology, microbiology, immunology, virology, etc.), or engineering (e.g., biomedical, chemical).
  • Years of experience: 1 year or less needed for role
  • Must have excellent communication, documentation, and interpersonal skills; as well as strength in data analysis/interpretation, and the ability to exercise scientific judgment for real-time decision-making.
  • Strength in technical troubleshooting and problem solving, as well as superior result reporting skills (i.e., presentation of results, impact, and recommendations).
  • Must be able to work both independently and within multi-functional teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with little supervision and manage/differentiate ambiguous situations is important.
  • Must be willing to be vaccinated and achieve, and/or blood tested for titer against the Varicella (chickenpox) virus.
  • New graduates with minimal experience will be considered: Experience in college level laboratory techniques in chemistry, biology, biotechnology and related sciences required. Independent study utilizing these techniques is a plus.

Desired Experience/Skills:

  • Experience with flow cytometry and/or performing immunoassays is preferred.
  • Experience in analytical testing utilizing a variety of biochemical, molecular, and cell biology techniques.
  • Experience in laboratory operations including GMP documentation, equipment maintenance, and scheduling.
  • Experience with cell culture and aseptic techniques.
  • Good general industrial process knowledge and experience with cGMP manufacturing and/or large-scale production.
  • Prior lab experience within the pharma industry preferred.
  • Intermediate Excel experience required.

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