20 May, 2024

Associate Principal Engineer, Antibody Drug Conjugates - Process

  • AstraZeneca
  • Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Job ID R-194720Date posted 13/03/2024
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Are you ready to make a significant impact on patients' lives? As the Associate Director of Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) Manufacturing Process, you will be responsible for developing, characterizing, and validating conjugation and associated purification platform unit operations within our biologics Global Technical Operations (GTO). You will work closely with BioPharmaceutical Development and other members of the New Modalities Team to build the requisite technical knowledge to plan and execute activities internally and/or at third parties.

Accountabilities:
Your role will involve leading activities related to ADC conjugation and associated purification unit operations platforms within Biologics GTO to achieve optimized manufacturing processes regarding productivity, product quality and SHE (Safety, Health & Environmental). This will involve building the requisite technical knowledge to plan and execute the development, characterization, and validation of relevant unit operations internally and/or at third parties with other departments.

Essential Skills/Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree in engineering, biochemistry or related field: 12+ years of experience with Bachelors degree; 9+ years with Masters; and 6+ years with Ph.D.

• Minimum of ten years of significant engineering or operational experience.

• Excellent problem-solving abilities.

• Strong interpersonal, organizational, collaboration and communication skills.

• Demonstrated ability to develop, characterize (involving DOEs) and validate (performance qualification) drug substance purification manufacturing processes.

• Deep knowledge of ADC conjugation:

• Chemistries (mabs, linkers and cytotoxic payloads), process parameters affecting yield and product quality like purity (i.e. generation of product-related substance impurities) and potency.

• Associated purification unit operations such ultrafiltration/diafiltration (UF/DF) and various modes of chromatography (ion exchange, hydrophobic interaction, multi-mode).

• Knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and relevant SHE (Safety, Health & Environmental) laws, regulations, and guidance, especially those related to the conjugation operations.

• Experience leading a project with cross-functional internal and external teams.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

• -Master’s or Ph.D. degree is preferred.

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