Process Development Associate

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Date: Nov 10, 2021

Location: San Diego, CA, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG



Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, Wacker has been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 13,800 employees from 70 nations.


Wacker Biotech, as part of Wacker, is a leading global biotechnology organization specializing in the production of biopharmaceuticals. The company has outstanding technologies for the rapid, efficient and thus cost-effective production of therapeutic proteins for clinical and commercial supply. Currently it is the biggest dedicated microbial Contract Development & Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) in the world. Its four dedicated and fast-growing production sites are currently based in Germany (Halle and Jena), The Netherlands (Amsterdam) and The United States (San Diego, CA).


Our regional presence in the U.S. is focused on GMP-compliant manufacturing of plasmid DNA products up to 500L. The team has extensive experience up to phase III clinical supply and successfully released more than 100 GMP batches for advanced therapy applications. 

At our San Diego site, we are currently looking for a  ​Process Development Associate​ to be a part of our growing team.



Job Responsibilities

An experienced Product Development (PD) Associate will be responsible for designing, optimizing, and performing analytical testing techniques on DNA, RNA, protein, and bulk drug substance samples.  The PD Associate will work with engineers, operators, and other associated groups to implement and tech transfer new processes and to troubleshoot any process-related problems. The PD Associate will also execute bench-scale experiments in bacterial fermentation and biologics purifications as a secondary responsibility.


  • Develop, implement, and execute analytical techniques for testing biological materials (40%)
  • Perform bacterial fermentations and biologics purifications (40%)
  • Work with R&D, MFG, and QC groups to facilitate technology transfers (10%)
  • Develop and revise SOPs as well as perform periodic revisions to ensure the procedures are up to date to current standards (10%)
  • Expertise in standard plasmid DNA QC testing techniques such as appearance, concentration, conductivity, osmolality, pH, purity, and identity
  • Expertise in HPLC analysis, UV spectroscopy, BCA protein assays
  • Expertise in electrophoresis methods such as capillary electrophoresis and agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Experience with plasmid DNA mini-prep procedures
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving abilities


  • Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, Chemistry or related discipline is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry in performing a quality control or analytics role or a related role./ relevant sales experience.
  • Experienced in documenting work in laboratory notebooks, presentations, and reports
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office applications


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at www.wacker.com.
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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