Associate Scientist, Downstream Process Development


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Gaithersburg, MD

Job Description

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Job Overview:

If you find science, speed, and success exhilarating, you have come to the right place.

Novavax, Inc (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a biotechnology company that creates transformational vaccines that address some of the world’s most pressing infectious diseases.  We have more than a decade of experience contending with some of the world’s most devastating diseases, including COVID-19, seasonal influenza, RSV, Ebola, MERS, and SARS. Hard-won lessons and significant advances illustrate that our proven technology has tremendous potential to make a substantial contribution to public health worldwide.

Our scientists are committed to developing vaccine candidates for some of the world’s toughest viral threats by utilizing the power of our innovative recombinant nanoparticle vaccine platform.  Our vaccine technology combines the power and speed of genetic engineering with the immunogenicity enhancing properties of our Matrix-M™ adjuvant to efficiently produce highly immunogenic particles targeting some of the most pressing viral infectious diseases.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic.

Summary of the Position:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to play a role in Process Development for our insect cell culture-based virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine, nanoparticle vaccines, and other biologic product candidates, and, as needed, support cGMP manufacturing of pre-clinical and clinical study materials. This position is responsible for hands-on execution of downstream chromatography and filtration processes in support of process development and process characterization activities. Additional roles may include media and buffers preparation, new technology evaluation, and support of the Tech Transfer group. This position will be located at our Gaithersburg, MD facility.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Reproduce the downstream chromatography and filtration processes for generation of representative material in support of process development / characterization activities.
  • Maintain and monitor equipment.  Propose modifications to processes or equipment to deliver improvements.
  • Assist in implementation of new technologies to improve downstream purification production processes.
  • Participate in the technology transfer of processes to the Manufacturing group and external partners and collaborators.  This may include training staff, providing recommendations for equipment to use for scale-up, and directing experiments to troubleshoot and/or support scale-up and cGMP operations.
  • Generate, manage, evaluate, and maintain critical data and records of all process development operations in support of regulatory requirements.
  • Author technical reports, data analysis summaries, and SOP’s as needed.  Present scientific findings at internal meetings.   
  • Discuss data, draw preliminary conclusions, and design next experiments in conjunction with colleagues and managers.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry or related area with at least 2 years of directly related industry experience.
  • Experience with small-scale insect and/or mammalian purification process development.
  • Practical experience with small- to mid-scale chromatography systems and tangential flow and normal flow filtration for all typical unit operations used in biomanufacturing.
  • Experience with centrifugation and other cell culture clarification technologies a plus.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities to adequately record, analyze, and document process development data.

Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at-will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Except where prohibited by applicable state law, this position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you need a reasonable accommodation or qualify for an exemption.