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Process Chemist, Nanoparticles

LocationVancouver, British Columbia
Job ID R0001107 Date posted 10/19/2018

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

Job Description Summary

The Process Chemist, Nanoparticles will assist the Process Development team in designing magnetic nanoparticle manufacturing processes at various scales from laboratory to production. Primary responsibilities include identifying potential process improvements, designing and executing studies to support engineering efforts, and characterizing process products and intermediates.

STEMCELL strongly encourages cross-disciplinary teamwork, and the successful candidate will bring experiences and ideas from a variety of fields. STEMCELL is committed to continuous improvement and innovative scientific research, and this role will provide a diverse range of technical challenges for the successful candidate.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Synthesize and modify particles that lie at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry and physics

  • Study reaction parameters (eg. kinetics) at small scale and map results to pilot systems

  • Inform process design by relating engineering phenomena (eg. heat transfer, shear, pressure) to potential impact on product quality

  • Identify and optimize key chemical process parameters to understand product attributes

  • Independently design and execute experiments to support the continuous improvement of STEMCELL’s processes

  • Operate pilot scale equipment such as reactors, pumps, heat exchangers, and filtration systems, at times in an aseptic environment

  • Draft technical documents such as SOPs, batch records, validation protocols and development reports

  • Summarize findings and present technical data to non-technical audiences

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in organic chemistry, materials chemistry or a related field

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired: organic synthesis, bioconjugation, polymer chemistry, surface modification, functional materials, and the associated analytical techniques

  • Experience with process scale-up and tech transfer activities is an asset

  • Experience with nanoparticle synthesis, characterization, functionalization, and purification is an asset.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Experience with design and/or execution of DOEs is an asset

  • Experience with aseptic processing and/or working in a GMP environment is an asset

  • An ability to summarize and communicate technical detail to non-technical audiences

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.

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