Associate Director Upstream Process Development at Batavia Biosciences


Batavia Biosciences is a Biopharmaceutical Company dedicated to providing high quality biopharmaceuticals for proof-of-concept studies & clinical trials, as well as performing product development for all major classes of biotechnological products. The company focuses on the early stages of product development with services ranging from DNA cloning, mammalian cell line generation, upstream process development (mammalian and microbial cell platforms), purification development, assay development, and clinical manufacturing. Headquartered in Leiden, The Netherlands, Batavia Biosciences is privileged to have strong strategic partners in both the Netherlands and the United States of America.

We are looking for an Associate Director Upstream Process Development for our R&D department in Leiden, The Netherlands. We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to play a leadership role in cell technology and cell culture process development.

You will be leading a team of 15-20 motivated and highly trained individuals (BSc, MSc and PhD’s). The team performs project activities ranging from DNA cloning, mammalian cell line generation and upstream process development, to development of microbial platforms. The majority of the projects is related to viral-, viral vector- or bacterial vaccine development and is funded by biopharmaceutical companies or ngo’s, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The team collaborates with the down-stream processing and assay team in a number of large process development projects which are executed according to aggressive timelines. The team performs all R&D laboratory activities, but is also responsible for cell culture activities in Batavia’s GMP pilot production facility.

The Associate Director USP is responsible for leading the team in all above mentioned activities. He/she assures R&D activities are planned / performed and are of sufficient quality, GMP documentation is written and productions of clinical trial materials are performed. Where applicable, you coach and train staff, provide recommendations for equipment to use for e.g. scale-up and direct experiments to troubleshoot and/or support process development. You will report and present results internally and externally, and you will participate in regular meetings with clients. Additionally, you will act as the Subject Matter Expert for all cell technology activities, assuring that the team delivers scientifically sound proposals for mammalian or microbial development projects.  Furthermore, you will be responsible to ensure that the team is on top of relevant technology development and innovations, and for increasing the scientific know how of the team. As an Associate Director USP, you translate the long term vision of Batavia Biosciences into the department strategy.

You will join a stimulating group of international researchers in a very collaborative environment. As part of this group, your personal as well as your managerial and scientific growth are encouraged and developed. The Associate Director reports to the Director Operations.

Minimum qualifications:

  • A PhD or Master degree in life science, biotechnology or related subject;
  • At least 10 years’ experience, of which at least 5 years in a biotechnology or biopharmaceutical industry environment;
  • Proven background in vaccine development and GMP production;
  • At least five years’ experience in a supervisory/managerial role;
  • Good communication skills: effective communication with clients and other relevant stakeholders on different levels is a natural talent;
  • Good command of the English language (written and spoken).

In the interviews it will be clear that:

You are enthusiastic and comfortable in a dynamic environment. You are flexible, analytical and result oriented. You can work both in a team and individually and have the ability to perform well under pressure. You communicate clearly at all levels; you can get your thoughts, ideas and knowledge across in a helpful way. Your planning and organization skills allow you to have an overview of the necessary work and you are able to meet deadlines, and maintaining quality.

Acquisition regarding this position is not appreciated.

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