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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Continuous Bioprocess Development

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Chemical Engineering
Salary: Anticipated up to $41,500 based on grant funding
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General Summary of Position:

Our UMASS Lowell BioManufacturing group has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead the development of a continuous bioprocess employing state-of-the-art quantitative NIR monitoring.

The Postdoctoral position will collaborate closely with the internal R&D team and the Valerion Therapeutics’ bioprocessing team to establish and optimize a continuous bioprocess that may be generally applied to the production of degradative and unstable therapeutics. Applications are encouraged from individuals with a strong research publication focus in bioprocessing, preferably relevant to both upstream and downstream purification of biologics including, but not limited to, proteins and monoclonal antibodies.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Ph.D. in appropriate field awarded no more than four (4) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment required
  • Proficient in both upstream (fermentation and/or cell culture using bioreactors) and downstream (ultrafiltration, protein purification) bioprocessing
  • Knowledge of quantitative process monitoring is a significant plus, preferably NIR
  • Must be highly reliable and goals/deadlines oriented
  • Intelligent individual who respects others and is open to new/different ideas
  • Must have exceptional organizational skills for setting up new lab and documentation system

Additional Considerations:

  • Excellent experience working in cross-functional team-oriented environments
  • Applicants must be self-motivated, highly organized and have strong presentation and communication skills
  • Basic understanding of regulatory agency guidance such as FDA, ICH and EMA and hands-on experience is a significant plus
  • GMP manufacturing experience is a significant plus

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred applicants will have a strong entrepreneurial spirit
  • Knowledge of quantitative process monitoring is a significant plus, preferably NIR

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possibility of renewal contingent upon funding for another year, along with successful performance.

Please include a CV, cover letter and research interest with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  

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