Associate Scientist II


Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20879

Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

The Associate Scientist 2 position is involved in the development and optimization of upstream biological production processes. These processes may be eukaryotic or microbial in nature for the purposes of protein expression or viral propagation.


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•    Member of a Drug Substance Development Team for the development and optimization of biological production processes
•    Leads or assists bench-scale as well as pilot-scale experiments
•    Experienced with bioreactor operations from 250 mL to 200 L scale
•    Documents experiments, key activities, and results according to Good Documentation Practices and company policies
•    Assists in the preparation of batch records, presentations, and reports that may be shared with clients
•    Contributes to routine laboratory maintenance
•    Works closely in collaboration with other associated functional groups


The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. 


•    B.S. or M.S. in a scientific discipline (Microbiology, Microbial/Mammalian Cell Physiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Biochemical Engineering or related discipline) with 3-6 years of experience
•    Experience in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell culture is required
•    Good understanding of aseptic transfer and handling techniques is required
•    Knowledge of eukaryotic and prokaryotic metabolism, coupled with a practical knowledge of process engineering and biopharmaceutical plant operations is a plus
•    Hands-on experience with batch and fed-batch fermentation processes and operation of bioreactors (10-50 L scale) is a plus; experience and/or working knowledge of recovery equipment (centrifugation, microfiltration and ultrafiltration) is a plus
•    Excellent communication skills (oral/written and listening), with the ability to collaborate with colleagues in a cross-functional, fast paced team environment, is required

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce.  Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
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