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mRNA Analytical Development Process Support and Automation Scientist - Vaccine



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Waltham, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2023

mRNA Analytical Development Process Support and Automation Scientist - Vaccine

Waltham, Massachusetts


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mRNA Analytical Development Process Support and Automation Scientist - Vaccine

Location: Waltham, MA

In the race for the future of health – The Sanofi MRNA Center of Excellence (CoE)

At Sanofi, we believe in a world in which no one suffers or dies from vaccine-preventable diseases. And while the pandemic has shaken up our industry, creating new opportunities and risks, we believe the acceleration of innovation with mRNA technology means vaccines for more people faster than before.

That’s why we’re looking for bold, optimistic world-changers to join the team at our mRNA Center of Excellence. We’re investing €400m a year into the new center, hiring a team of 400 dedicated employees for it and using it as the foundation to implement integrated end-to-end mRNA vaccine capabilities and research with R&D, digital and CMC teams.

Bring your ambition and optimism for the future to Sanofi.

Intro about the position

About the Opportunity

In order to strengthen the Biochemical and Biophysical group in R&D Analytical Sciences Department, Sanofi Pasteur is looking for a skilled and highly motivated individual to develop novel Bioassay methods and improve characterization of mRNA vaccines in development by working closely with the bioprocess development group.

Analytical Sciences Department has the overall responsibility to develop, qualify and validate robust analytical methods to support release and characterization testing of mRNA Drug Substances and Drug Products candidates in development.

Key responsibilities for position

About growing with us for winning with us

In this role you will be responsible for, not limited, to the following activities.

  • Develop high throughput methods using automation platforms to support process and product development, including process optimization and characterization, as well as in-process control.

  • Support process analytical technology implementation.

  • Follow up with industry trend and identify advanced technology for process support applications.

  • Provide technology transfer support as needed.

  • Ensure timely completion of assignments and deliverables.

  • Independently design and execute complex experiments.

  • Author method development and investigation reports.

  • Manage assay testing at CROs if required, support investigation from different mRNA programs.

  • Participate internal non-GMP and GMP lab set up and product release and stability testing and investigations, when needed.

  • Supervise and train junior scientists.

Relevant Qualifications & Capabilities

  • PhD or MSc/Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, or related sciences

  • PhD with 3+ years or MSc with at least 8+ years pharma/biotech industry experience, skilled in bioassays

  • Expertise in some of the techniques, including but not limited to high throughput sequencing, kinetic assays, ELISA, qPCR, ddPCR, Ribogreen, chromatography, LC-MS, capillary electrophoresis, etc.

  • Experienced in automation and high throughput method development and troubleshooting, hands-inexperience with Hamilton, Biomek or similar automation platform.

  • Ability to perform complex method development and propose appropriate method improvement.

  • Knowledge of nucleic acid/oligonucleotides chemistry and standard analytical methods of these molecules.

  • Proven capability of evaluating/developing new technologies

  • Experienced in working with highly technical projects with reactivity.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


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