• Senior Scientist, Cell Culture Media Development

    Job Locations US-MD-Gaithersburg
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    ATCC Cell Systems
    Posted Date
  • Overview

    Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge. 

    The Senior Scientist, Cell Culture Media Development, will be responsible for leading the efforts of an R&D team to develop and tech transfer cell culture media formulations for a variety of applications including primary cell culture. The incumbent will work closely with other teams within the R&D group to support media formulation development needs for new products introductions.  The Senior Scientist, Cell Culture Media Development will also work closely with internal/external tech transfer and QA personnel.  This position must work and think independently; duties of this position are to be completed under minimal guidance.  Discretion in handling assigned responsibilities, including the ability to resolve problems and exercise good judgment while maintaining confidentiality.  Functions are to be completed in a timely manner with acceptable quality.


    1. Uses DOE (Design of Experiment) and other scientific methods to determine optimal media formulations to support a wide range of primary, immortalized primary, stem and continuous cells and cell lines.
    2. Develops stable and scalable media formulations that meet customer and manufacturing requirements.
    3. Using sound people and performance management skills ensures that the media development team delivers projects to specifications, on time and within approved budget.
    4. Coordinates with Senior Leadership and provides input and guidance on strategies affecting cell culture media product lines and related projects.
    5. Works within the cell biology R&D team to support all projects that have a media development component.
    6. Represents team, as needed, on product development Core Teams and other cross-functional teams.
    7. Works with appropriate internal and/or external resources to ensure successful tech transfer and scale up of media formulations.
    8. Maintains current knowledge of cell culture media development and manufacturing technologies to ensure product lines continue to meet customer needs and remain competitive.
    9. Improves processes as needed to continuously improve cycle time and cost.
    10. Develops and presents reports and presentations on team and project status; communicates issues to management appropriately and in a timely manner to ensure timelines, budget and goals are consistently met. .            
    11. Communicates pertinent corporate and business unit information to their team and ensures high quality, rigorous scientific and safety standards are upheld.
    12. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organizations’ policies and applicable laws. Has authority either directly or through recommendations for employment decision to include selection, training, performance evaluations, counseling, promotions and terminations.


    Education and Experience:

    • Master’s Degree, Ph.D. or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or other life science discipline is required:
      • Doctoral degree in a life science related field and 5-8 years of relevant experience OR
      • Master's degree in a life science related field and 13-16 years of relevant experience OR
      • Bachelor's degree in a life science related field and 15-18 years of relevant experience.
    • A minimum of 3 years’ demonstrated experience in people management including direct and team management is required.        

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 


    • Experience successfully using DOE for media optimization experiments, understanding order of addition issues for media formulation stability, aseptic fill requirements and stability testing processes.
    • Demonstrated expertise in tech transfer from R&D to manufacturing environments.      
    • Experience in working with and managing external partners is desirable.
    • Proven ability to effectively manage up and down
    • Solid personnel management, coaching, delegating and evaluation skills.
    • Must be able to travel occasionally on business domestically and potentially internationally, sometimes on short notice.
    • Self-starter, motivated and takes initiative; strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills; able to work collaboratively with all levels of staff to resolve problems and external partners to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving and results.
    • Seek, learn, and apply new skills/knowledge to perform job responsibilities.
    • Attentive to detail with a high level of accuracy; exercise sound judgment and strong project management skills.
    • Resourceful, diplomatic and professional; deliver outstanding customer service while managing relationships; a can-do attitude and work style that supports teamwork and lead teams when necessary, collaboration and positive relationships.
    • Adaptable; be able to shift priorities and focus as departmental and/or business demands change including, but not limited to early/late hours and/or weekend hours.
    • Strong analytical skills and organized; completes tasks ahead of schedule.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including excellent listening skills and presentation skills to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively.
    • Position-relevant computer experience including Microsoft Office.
    • Follow all company safety practices, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and policies.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Ph.D level preferred
    • Experience in an ISO accredited work environment.
    • Working knowledge of an ERP system.

    ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


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