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Date:  Jul 5, 2024
Location:  San Diego
Company:  Wacker BioTech US Inc.
Do you want to take responsibility and make a difference with your work? With your expertise, we can achieve great goals together. We are WACKER - Reliable. Determined. Ambitious. As one of the world's most research-intensive chemical companies, we've been making countless products that are an integral part of your everyday life possible for over 100 years. From vegan food to resource-efficient buildings to solar cells, we develop sustainable solutions that change the future.
To strengthen our team in San Diego,
we are looking for you as a(n) Process Development Associate II.


The Process Development Associate II will be responsible for performing downstream manufacturing processes on plasmid DNA.  The PD Associate II will work with scientists, engineers, operators, and other associated groups to optimize, implement, and tech transfer new processes and to troubleshoot any process-related problems. The PD Associate II will independently execute bench-scale experiments in our downstream lysis and purification process as primary responsibilities.


Essential Functions:

  • Train on and perform downstream processes such as alkaline lysis, chromatography, and tangential flow filtration.  When not performing downstream processes, support other team members as needed in fermentation, analytics, and buffer and media preparation. 
  • Operate and maintain general lab equipment such as glass washers, autoclaves, scales, stir plates, mixers, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis equipment and pH and conductivity meters
  • Assist in developing and revising SOPs and other work instructions as well as performing periodic revisions to ensure the procedures are up to date to current standards
  • Work with R&D, MFG, MSAT, and QC groups to facilitate technology transfers
  • Perform lab admin tasks such as materials ordering, vendor scheduling, and safety data sheets management


Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, Chemistry, or related scientific discipline.
  • Minimum 3+ years experience in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry or a comparable academic institution, performing in a process development, R&D, or manufacturing role
  • Experience in alkaline lysis, tangential flow filtration, and purification processes for plasmid DNA
  • Experience in documenting work in laboratory notebooks, presentations, and written reports.
  • Knowledge of general laboratory techniques such as spectrometry, pH, conductivity, gel electrophoresis, etc
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Experience with mRNA and/or protein production is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience with process characterization is desirable


The anticipated salary range for candidates who will work in San Diego is $70,000.00-85,000.00. The final salary offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and length of experience within the job, type and length of experience within the industry, education, etc . Wacker is a multi state employer and this salary range may not reflect positions that work in other states.

What do we offer?
WACKER is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. We are innovators, researchers, and pioneers and we believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We foster an inclusive environment that promotes individuality, celebrates diversity, and builds cohesive teams. Together, we create exceptional value for our employees, our customers, and our communities by creating a culture of inclusion and equity that enables, empowers, and values our diverse contributions. 
WACKER strives to reward its employees in a fair and equitable manner. Our Total Rewards Package considers employee wellbeing and is comprised of compensation, benefits, work-life balance, performance & recognition, and career development.
  • Compensation and Incentive plans
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective day 1
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Wellbeing fund
  • Flexible hybrid work arrangements
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Career development and advancement opportunities
  • Support for Community Involvement
We are looking forward to your online application at
Reference Code: 27124 
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.

Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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