Bioprocess Purification Scientist/Engineer

Location: Lebanon, NH

Department: Affinity Resin Development

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About Avitide

Avitide provides a platform technology to rapidly discover and develop high-performance affinity purification solutions for the biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing industry.  Avitide is seeking a qualified candidate to build upon their motivated and highly integrated, interdisciplinary team to pursue the rapid development of novel affinity separation solutions for our biopharmaceutical partners. The Avitide technology enables its partners with exclusive, high-yield, high purity affinity separation technologies that are delivered with an industry-leading service timeline to reduce cost of manufacturing and accelerate the delivery of new medicines to patients. 

Avitide's founding team brings substantial expertise and a track record of success in commercializing innovative biopharmaceutical discovery and manufacturing platform technologies.  Avitide is financed by top-tier venture capital firms such as Polaris Venture Partners, OrbiMed Advisors, SV Life Sciences, NeoMed Management, Mithril Capital Management and Borealis Ventures.

Avitide moved into a modern 30 000 square foot facility during 2016 that is located in New Hampshire’s beautiful Upper Connecticut River Valley, and is minutes from Dartmouth College, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  The surrounding New Hampshire and Vermont areas are renowned for its premier skiing, hiking, kayaking, and biking.  Avitide offers compensation packages comprised of competitive salary, bonus, benefits, and equity components and career growth solely based upon merit.

About This Position

A successful candidate will join Avitide to lead and manage affinity resin development programs conducted for our biopharma partners.  You will leverage your current experience of process development for the scouting, optimization and delivery of novel affinity purification resins. A key responsibility will be presenting to and interfacing with our biopharma partners to facilitate adoption of the technology. Avitide seeks candidates who are highly self-motivated and can work in a collaborative fashion with other interdisciplinary team members in a fast-paced company that is transforming downstream bioprocessing.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Engineering or biological sciences, biochemistry, or bio-chemical engineering degree (BS/MS/PhD)
  • Expertise in development of protein and biologics purification processes, particularly automated/high-throughput chromatographic screening using DOE methodologies is essential for this role
  • To be prepared for the wide diversity of programs Avitide undertakes you will need to be able to demonstrate strong hands-on ability, problem solving, and independent experimental design and execution
  • As a key technical resource for purification development you will need to be able to manage multiple parallel projects and display strong communication skills
  • Time management and project management skills to lead a small team through resin and purification method development programs
  • Familiarity with analytical technologies for protein quality control or release assays

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead scientific teams to execute scientific and development and meet timelines
  • Purification method development and optimization using high throughput chromatographic screening
  • Proactively engage ligand engineers and conjugation scientists within Avitide to quickly improve and develop affinity resins
  • Seek innovative technologies and introduce approaches to screen novel affinity resins.
  • Collaborate with downstream bioprocessing engineers at partner companies to streamline technology transfer and integration into their processes, including preparation of data and presentations for external partner review

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience with many biopharmaceutical modalities such as vaccines, virus like particles, gene therapies as well as proteins and enzymes
  • Avitide integrates analytical support within purification development and hence experience with relevant assays (product purity impurity analysis, product release assays, stability assays) is advantageous
  • Knowledge and exposure to a wide range of scientific fields, i.e. a broad scientist,  is a plus
  • Confident presentation skills
  • Experience with BioSolve or another bioprocess modeling software

Avitide Cultural Qualities

  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation
  • Actively contribute to our collaborative team culture
  • Ability to work autonomously and effectively under broad directives
  • Agile and quick to adapt
  • Excellent and timely communication skills
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