Bioprocess Engineer, Downstream MSAT

Req ID #:  141051

Rockville, MD, US, 20850 Rockville, MD, US, 20850 Rockville, MD, US, 20852

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly. 

Job Summary


As a part of our Manufacturing, Science, and Technology team, the Bioprocess Engineer 1 will accurately and timely scale up process development data to large scale manufacturing. This responsibility includes scale up, document authorship, process data tracking, deviation investigation, and data analysis to ensure right-first-time clinical and commercial manufacturing and continuous improvement at Vigene Biosciences, a Charles River Company.

This position interacts with Process Development, Manufacturing, Facilities, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Supply Chain to ensure project success.

 Responsibilities & Duties:

•    Act as a primary technical point of contact within the organization, supporting biologics processes and technical transfer activities.
•    Lead process tech transfer activities required by clients; Ensure sufficient quantities, quality, and timeliness are maintained. 
•    Perform deviation investigations and author associated CAPAs and Risk Assessments.
•    Develop and lead scale up and engineering runs (50L to 500L). Provide technical expertise and data analysis during large scale Manufacturing runs.
•    Conduct technical investigations and risk assessments related with processes.
•    Support generation of SOPs, raw material specifications, master batch records, and reports for tech transfer and development processes.
•    Provide process expertise in the resolution of complex, technical or operational problems.
•    Handle material procurement.
•    Serve as a technical lead for downstream unit operations during engineering runs. Including but not limited to AKTA column chromatography, UF/DF, TFF, Depth Filtration, Fill/Finish, and Harvest.
•    Author buffer BPRs for downstream operations.
•    Collaborate closely with Downstream PD to scale up processes from 1 L – 50 L to 50 L – 500 L.



Job Qualifications


•    Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, biochemistry, or related subject area.
•    Relevant experiences (1 – 4 years) in a process development or GMP manufacturing in Downstream bioprocess development for gene therapy or biologics processes.
•    Software proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Teams, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).


Preferred Qualifications:

•    Experience with downstream purification of biological molecules required, with knowledge of various downstream operations desired.
•    Fundamentals and/or modeling of unit operations is a plus. 
•    Technology Transfer and scale up.
•    Client-facing experience.


IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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