Novavax
  • 18-May-2021 to 17-Jun-2021 (EST)
  • Upstream Process Development
  • Gaithersburg, MD, USA
  • Full Time - Exempt

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Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases.  Novavax is currently conducting multiple late-stage clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, our vaccine candidate against the virus that causes COVID-19, and has recently reported exciting and highly encouraging initial efficacy results. NanoFlu, our quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both candidate vaccines incorporate Novavax' proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines. Our proprietary technology platform leverages the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles in order to address urgent global health needs.

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

We are seeking a Senior Scientist/Scientist to join our Upstream Process Development Department in Gaithersburg, MD. Qualified individuals will play a leading role on upstream process development; scale up, and technical support of cGMP manufacturing for proteins, nanoparticles, and virus-like particle (VLP) based vaccines. The candidate will ensure scientifically sound design and scalable upstream processes are created. The candidate will also be responsible for generating materials for pre-clinical studies and other development purposes. The candidate is expected to be highly self-motivated, well organized, and very productive. This position will be located at our Gaithersburg, MD facility and will report to the Senior Director of Upstream Process Development.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design experimental work independently or with minimal supervision.
  • Perform hands on work in a cell culture lab, specifically cell culture expansion, vaccine production as well as process scale up and implementation into GMP clinical production suites.
  • Design and execute process development studies to develop a thorough understanding of operating and performance parameters.
  • Ability to process complex data and communicate clearly and timely the implications of the results.
  • Perform and analyze Design of Experiment (DOE) studies to develop or optimizing processes to ensure a phase-appropriate, consistent, high-yielding, and scalable upstream process.
  • Generate, manage, evaluate, and maintain critical data in a highly organized manner. Provide reports for assessment by senior management.
  • Assist in scale up and optimization of early-stage processes, support critical operations as needed in our GMP manufacturing facility and deliver materials for pre-clinical and clinical studies.
  • Provide reagents and other supplies for various projects and departments.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with colleagues from Discovery, Process Development, Analytical Development, Manufacturing, and QA/QC teams.
  • Support process characterization studies and tech transfer process. As needed, support process validation, including validation protocol writing, execution and report writing.
  • This position is expected to be mainly hands on in the laboratory.

Minimum requirements:

  • BS/MS degree in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology or a related scientific discipline.
  • Previous experience with suspension cell culture systems, vaccine and/or viral vector production is desired.
  • Solid and hands-on upstream experience is required. Multi-year industrial purification experience with vaccines/biologics is preferred; direct experience with virus-derived recombinant products and/or viral particles is a plus.
  • A previous track record of culture process development experience such as cell passaging, formulation of media, aseptic technique processing, and managing reagents.
  • Practical demonstration of hands-on process development including use of statistical design of experiments is required. Experience with automation technologies is desired.
  • Ability to think critically, demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills are essential.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities to adequately record, analyze and document data generated in support of regulatory requirements.
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of ownership in areas of responsibility and willingness to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Ability to work and collaborate in cross functional teams, research, development, manufacturing in a fast pace and dynamic team setting.
  • High energy level and a positive outlook coupled with the requisite "can do" attitude and a willingness to do what it takes to achieve personal and organizational goals and overcome obstacles.

Novavax is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic. Novavax is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol NVAX and is dedicated to developing novel vaccines to address infectious disease.

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.

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