Downstream Manufacturing Technician III

Summary:  The Downstream Manufacturing Technician III will work directly with a range of purification technologies including: filtration technologies (TFF and depth), chromatographic separations (Single Use GE AKTA systems), viral inactivation following aseptic techniques and procedures in a cGMP environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Operation of chromatographic systems (Single Use GE AKTA).
  • Operation of filtration systems including Tangential Flow Filtration, Depth Filtration and Clarification.
  • Prepare and formulate buffers in accordance to procedures.
  • Write and review standard operating procedures and batch production records.
  • Initiates deviations as needed, reporting and solving problems and issues.
  • Assist senior staff in implementing project safety and quality assurance programs in accordance with SOPs.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of proprietary company information.
  • Document and maintain activity records according to cGMP regulations and ensure junior team members are trained.
  • Operate general production equipment such as Analytical Scales, pH/conductivity meters, etc.
  • Assist in the training and provide technical coaching to junior staff members.
  • Perform daily cleaning and sanitization of the manufacturing areas as needed.
  • Maintain an effective working relationship with others.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

NCTM/Building 200 Essential Functions:

  • Column chromatography
  • Fermentation and non-mAb applications
  • Continuous flow centrifugation
  • Sucrose gradient separation
  • Operation of large scale centrifugation equipment
  • Operate and use general production equipment such as Autoclaves, Glass Washers, and Incubators

Building 100 Essential Functions:

  • Support recovery and purification of mammalian cell cultures
  • Responsible for ultrafiltration using single use technology and aseptic final fill execution.
  • Operate general production equipment such as Incubators, Analytical Scales, pH/conductivity meters, etc.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to train others to perform to cGMP standards.
  • Good self-discipline and attention to detail.
  • Must have flexible work hours, and be willing to work outside of normal, scheduled hours; as necessary. Must be able to work alternative shift hours and weekends as required.
  • Strong math and computer skills.
  • Experience working in a cleanroom environment with full clean room gowning and good aseptic technique.
  • Must have good planning and time management skills and be willing and able to interface with colleagues in many different roles and functions throughout the manufacturing facilities.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Experience prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, reaching above shoulders and stretching.
  • Hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment.
  • Lift up to 25 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Attendance is mandatory.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferably in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering or other related field and 1 year of relevant experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering or other related field and 3 years of relevant experience; OR
  • Associate’s degree preferably in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering or other related field and 5 years of relevant experience; OR
  • High School/GED with 7 years of relevant experience.
  • Above experience must include one (1) year GMP experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Biotechnology certificate preferred.
  • Cross training with upstream processes or other identified functional areas.


We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. 

If an accommodation to the application process is needed, please e-mail or call 979-431-3528.