Process Development Associate I/II

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Date: Jan 29, 2023

Location: San Diego, CA, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG



Wacker Biotech, as part of WACKER, is a leading global biotechnology organization specializing in the production of biopharmaceuticals.
At our San Diego site, we are currently looking for a ​Process Development Associate I/II​ to be a part of our growing team.


We are looking for an entry to mid-level PD Associate who will be responsible for performing upstream and downstream manufacturing processes on plasmid DNA, RNA, and protein biologics.  The PD Associate 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 will execute bench-scale experiments in bacterial fermentation and biologics purification as a primary responsibility.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Train on and perform buffer/media preparation, cell banking, bacterial fermentation, lysis, plasmid DNA chromatography operations and connected analytics (70%)
  2. Operate and maintain general lab equipment such as glass washers, autoclaves, scales, stir plates, mixers, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis equipment and pH and conductivity meters (10%)
  3. Assist in developing and revising SOPs as well as performing periodic revisions to ensure the procedures are up to date to current standards (10%).
  4. Work with R&D, MFG, and QC groups to facilitate technology transfers (10%)




  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, Chemistry, or related scientific discipline
  • Minimum 1-3 years’ experience in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry performing in a process development, R&D, or manufacturing role
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office applications


Critical Knowlege, Skills and Abilitites:

  • Expertise with general molecular biology and/or microbiology techniques
  • Experience in fermentation, standard recovery, and/or 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 and conductivity, gel electrophoresis, etc.
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving abilities


Preferred/A Plus If You Have Skills:

  • The following skills are highly desirable:
    • Experience with protein manufacturing
    • Experience with mRNA production
    • Experience with viral vector plasmid production
    • Experience with Sanger sequencing




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
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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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