Shire Post-doctoral Researcher in Lexington, Massachusetts

This position is responsible for applying scientific knowledge to develop efficient and robust upstream manufacturing processes and establish product and process knowledge.

Works and communicates well in multi-disciplinary environments and works without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining assignment objectives.

Involved in a wide range of complex problems, requiring the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.


Job Function and Description

50% of time

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in planning, designing, and conducting experiments and analyzing data toward development and optimization of cell culture processes that are in line with overall project plan and milestones.

  • Manage, monitor, and troubleshoot bench-top bioreactors and related control systems.

  • Responsible for documentation/maintenance of experimental data, generation of high quality written study proposals, development reports, and oral presentations.

30% of time

  • Maintain substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories and contribute to cell culture scientific knowledge base through literature review, conference attendance, and publication.

  • Lead evaluation of technologies new to Shire in their potential application.

20% of time

  • Participate or lead upstream process development team, participate drug substance team and other departmental sub-teams. Contribute to team meetings, including sub-teams, project teams, tech. transfer teams, and departmental meetings

Education and Experience Requirements

Degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering or other related discipline with minimum years of relevant industry experiences in process development.

  • PhD: 0-3 years

Proven record of technical expertise and troubleshooting. Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated capacity to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.

Preferred qualifications:

Ph.D. in engineering or biological sciences with cell culture process development experience.

Prior knowledge in metabolic engineering, protein modulation, and advanced data visualization is desirable.

Effective communication skills (oral and written) are essential.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Have solid understanding of mammalian cell culture process development (Delivering Excellence).

  • Have experience in design-of-experiment and the ability to analyze and interpret data collected (Delivering Excellence).

  • Embrace and demonstrate teamwork/collaboration and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively in both oral and written format (Building Authentic Relationships)

  • Demonstrate personal ownership in executing bioreactor process development, tech. transfer, and manufacturing support (Accountability and Ownership).

  • Be customer-focused, results-oriented, science-driven, and embrace Shire’s values (Serving Customers)

  • Have the ability to proactively learn new technologies and mange changes in bioreactor process development and process scale-up (Embracing Change; Creativity)

  • Have experience working in a GMP environment

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Lead cell culture process development, scale-up, and technology transfer activities.

  • Identify and analyze technical problems and proactively explore/implement solutions.

  • Apply fundamental engineering and biological principles to practical technical challenges.

  • Independently plan, design, execute, and analyze experimental data and provide succinct conclusions and/or recommendations.

  • Work closely with his/her supervisor and coworkers in managing multiple work streams and projects. Make sound and timely decisions based on project priorities. Provide expert input to the Upstream Development group in addition to Departmental sub-teams.

Internal and External Contacts


  • Process development, R&D, Internal Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality, Engineering, Regulatory Affairs,


  • CMOs, consultants, vendors, Regulatory agencies

Other Job Requirements

Some domestic travel may be required to work with collaborators

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