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Research Scientist II - Fermentation and Biocatalysis

Company: Curia (formerly AMRI)
Location: Albany
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description


Curia provides global contract research and manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, helping commercialize treatments for serious medical conditions. Curia enjoys robust partnerships with leading-edge government, biotech, and pharmaceutical organizations. The Albany (NY) Site is one of Curia's flagship R&D sites, developing robust processes to produce novel medications and supplying drug for advanced clinical trials. The site expects to grow dramatically in 2022 as we help increase, advance, and develop some of the most impactful pipelines in the industry. This unprecedented growth translates into exciting opportunities for high-energy people who are smart, hard-working and adaptable.

The Research Scientist II is an integral part of the team, contributing to our success by demonstrating growing proficiency in both the theoretical and practical aspects of microbiology, fermentation, and biosynthetic chemistries.

Join our talented workforce, where a commitment to excellence and a customer focused attitude is everything. We pursue excellence because our work has the power to improve patients' lives with the pharmaceuticals we develop and manufacture.

In This Role, You Will

  • Be responsible for conducting fermentations in flasks, plates, and/or fermentors, which includes preparation of medium, seeding, crossing, and extraction if applicable, using literature or in-house standard operating protocols (SOPs).
  • Isolate and purify microbial products to an appropriate degree using a variety of known methods. The scientist will be familiar with a range of filtration, extraction, chromatography, and precipitation methods.
  • Analyze and help identify compounds using a range of modern analysis, separation and spectroscopic techniques. This will include interpretation HPLC, LC/MS, GC and GC/MS of moderate complexity.
  • Utilize and troubleshoot HPLC equipment, process equipment, and other laboratory equipment used in fermentation, biocatalysis, and product isolation procedures.
  • Sub-culture, purify, and characterize a wide variety of microorganisms, distinguishing microorganisms belonging to major microbial subdivisions such as fungi, actinomycetes, Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, etc.
  • Develop new protocols for isolation, growth, and screening of microorganisms and fermentation by making appropriate modifications of known methods or modification of conditions under minimal supervision (design of new or alternate procedures will enhance the performance evaluation of the scientist).
  • Prepare microbial seed vials and/or working cell banks. This includes growing cultures in liquid media, harvesting cells, and checking for their purity. Maintain accurate records and update AMRI strain database.
  • Conduct literature searches on new methods of isolation of microorganisms, unique sources of microorganisms that produce active compounds or useful enzymes, and cultural conditions of various microorganisms.

    Qualifications And Background To Be Successful In This Role
    • Bachelors or Masters Degree with major in biochemical engineering, biology, and 2-5 years of practical experience; relevant industrial experience including biochemistry, engineering, or related disciplines are a plus
    • Biohazard/blood-borne pathogen and chemical hazard training
    • Computer training in the use of standard office software applications and databases

      U.S. employees of Curia Global Inc. and its subsidiaries (a "Company") hired after December 7, 2021 must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and provide the Company with proof of vaccination as a condition of their employment except for U.S. employees who request and qualify under applicable law for disability and religious accommodations from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. An applicant who receives an offer of employment from the Company for a position as a U.S. employee will be required to provide proof of vaccination, or to request and receive a disability or religious accommodation that the applicant is entitled to under applicable law, before their first day of employment or any earlier or later deadline specified by the Company in the offer letter. The Company is an equal opportunity employer and provides employment opportunities and makes employment decisions without regards to an individual's disability or religion or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

      All interested applicants must apply online. Curia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Keywords: Curia (formerly AMRI), Albany , Research Scientist II - Fermentation and Biocatalysis, Other , Albany, New York

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