Scientist - Planner Downstream Processing

Location Diegem, Belgium
Discipline: Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Cherish Becker

Contact email:
Job ref: 10765
Published: 20 days ago
You are responsible for the planning of different activities within the DSP team. In this context, you also follow-up and provide technical/scientific support during generic Nanobody® purifications. In addition, you coordinate, follow-up and report on assigned line and project activities.

  • Together with Upstream processing (USP) planner and using knowledge and skills of chromatography and filtration (depth and tangential flow filtration) techniques, plan in the different DSP activities in a realistic and timely manner so that requested timelines and quantities are achieved by the different operators
  • Keep the different administrative workflows (LIMS; Biorepository; Electronic workbook for QC overviews) associated with the DSP planning up to date, assuring that operators can perform purifications in a timely and organized manner
  • Be the central point of contact to solve technical and planning issues for these activities. If needed, interact with the DSP responsible of the project to define strategy to move forward
  • Discuss weekly DSP planning with the different stakeholders and present planning during weekly DSP planning meeting and to the requestors
  • Act as liaison between the production & purification requestor and the Analytics department to ensure that the quality of the Nanobody batches meet the requirements for in vitro or in vivo applications
  • Drive recruitment of (senior) research associates
  • Be responsible for training, development, coaching and performance management of your direct reports
  • Act as DSP representative in project team meetings to follow-up and coordinate DSP-related activities
  • Strongly interact with the CMC PD&T Upstream and Analytics sub-teams to streamline these different activities and keep a holistic view in successfully progressing the different purifications and project(s)
  • Report about the results and progress to the line manager, project team, project leader and/or external parties in a clear and concise manner. Provide strategic and technical guidance where needed. Prepare high level plans, reports, summaries, manuscripts and other documents as appropriate during the different activities and workflow.
  • Master or PhD in Life sciences (such as Biology, Bio-engineering, Industrial Sciences, Biotechnology, (Bio)Chemistry, Pharmaceutical or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 5+ years of relevant technical and scientific experience in purification (chromatography and filtration techniques) of biologicals
  • Proven planning, organizational and coordination skills
  • Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills (fluent in English, written and spoken)
  • Excellent MS office skills (especially excel)
  • Proven leadership, people management and managerial skills
  • Sense for initiative, quality, accuracy and detail
  • Ability, desire and flexibility to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Be a team player, enthusiastic and flexible, able to build bridges between groups and departments
  • Knowledge on using visual basics as a programming tool in excel is a plus
For more information please contact me at:  +31 (0)20 20 44 502 or