Associate Scientist II MS&T


CA-Emeryville, US

Contract Type:  Regular Full-Time
Area:  Manufacturing
Req Id:  172507

For more than 75 years, Grifols has worked to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. We are a global healthcare company that produces essential plasma-derived medicines for patients and provides hospitals and healthcare professionals with the tools, information and services they need to deliver expert medical care.

Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, Grifols  has over 20.000 employees in 30 countries. Grifols’ three main divisions - Bioscience, Diagnostic and Hospital - develop, manufacture and market innovative products and services available in more than 100 countries.

A leader in transfusion medicine, the Diagnostic Division is a global business focused on providing innovative solutions to help ensure the safety of the blood and plasma supply, detect human diseases and monitor therapies. The division advances patient care with diagnostic solutions to improve disease detection and management, and simplify laboratory operations.

Job Summary:


The Manufacturing Organization supports the Technical Operations (TechOps) business by compliantly and successfully producing products in line with commercial cGMPs.  The Upstream Associate Scientist II position is a laboratory-based position within the MS&T team. The primary purpose of this position is to work with Senior level associates to develop robust Upstream processes in support of developing and optimizing production processes including process parameter optimization, process characterization, scale-up/tech transfer for large scale product production and support successful implementation of production processes at commercial scale.


Essential Job Duties:


  • Demonstrate ability to learn new techniques, work with Senior level associates to solve problems, prepare technical reports; and evaluate new instrumentation or process techniques.
  • Execute laboratory-based studies as defined in protocols, analyzes and interprets results, participates in process improvement, development, and qualification activities.
  • Ensure experimental and testing work is performed exactly as defined in the approved study protocols or SOPs/guidelines. 
  • Present study results to MS&T and cross function project team to provide updates on project status and progress Work closely with the other MS&T Team members, be engaged in the planning of experiments resulting from campaign learnings to increase process robustness. 
  • Ensure accurate and complete documentation of any scientific experimental plan, data and report.
  • Maintains laboratory facilities and equipment in accordance with company policies and industrial best practices.
  • Ensure sufficient stock of chemicals and lab supplies. Order chemicals and reagents timely for conducting experiments in support of departmental projects
  • Maintain labs in a clean and organized manner to ensure efficient performance of activities. Coordinating vendor visits for onsite service, work with instrumentation group for other calibration events.
  • May be required to work periodically out of normal business hours.
  • Adhere to all site safety, environmental and industrial hygiene procedures and practices, and actively participate in maintaining and enhancing the safety of the workplace and the laboratories.
  • Troubleshoot, repair, clean and operate equipment as needed.
  • Improve laboratory practices to increase throughput and decrease errors.


Job Requirements:


  • BS in Biology, Microbiology, or Biochemistry or related field with 2+ yrs industry experience in developing fermentation and/or mammalian cell culture processes or Master degree + 0 years of experience.
  • Upstream specific:
    • Ability to set up, operate and sample bench-scale/pilot scale bioreactors 
    •  Ability to carry out microbial fermentation and/or mammalian cell culture processes using different hosts, per defined protocols.
    • Evaluate and maintain fermentation data in the databases.
    • Ability to execute different harvesting and cell lysis techniques such as centrifugation/continuous centrifugation (disc stack centrifuge), filtration, dynomill, microfluidzer


    • Demonstrated effective communication, oral and written, in a multi-disciplinary, project-driven work environment.
    • Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, collaborative, and able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
    • Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to multitask, and effective interpersonal and communication skills are required.
    • Proficient with the use of MS Office software (MS Excel, MS Word, MS Powerpoint) and application software (not limited to) including Unicorn, JMP, Minitab, Design Expert etc).


*This job description is accurate at the date of publication.  It is intended to provide information essential to understanding the scope and general nature of the work performed by job holders within this position. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.  Other duties may be assigned, and qualifications required may change over time.


EEO Minorities/Females/Disability/Veterans


Grifols is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, genetic disposition or characteristics, disability or veteran's status or any other classification protected by applicable State/Federal laws.  We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


Location: NORTH AMERICA : USA : CA-Emeryville:USEMV - Emeryville CA-Headquarters 


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