Scientist, mRNA Process Development

Highly Competitive Salary
  1. Permanent
  2. Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Bioprocessing
  3. United States
Boston, USA
Posting date: 11 May 2021

Proclinical is seeking a highly motivated and innovative candidate to join a Biotech's mRNA process development (PD). The PD team focuses on envisioning, development, scale-up and validation of GMP mRNA manufacturing process, while produces high-quality mRNA to support research candidate evaluation by our early discovery team. The successful candidates will have the experience leading the efforts of mRNA process development from early-stage process design to late stage process technology transfer.

Responsibilities Including, But Not Limited To

  • Apply deep knowledge in nucleic acid research to lead mRNA process platform development
  • Lead screening, optimization, and scale-up efforts on enzymatic reaction and IVT synthesis including plasmid digestion, mRNA synthesis, nucleobase modifications and post-transcriptional modifications.
  • Design and execute DOE studies & high-throughput screen for process improvements and advancements
  • Support the development of automated mRNA production process to supply high-quality mRNA for lead candidate screen
  • Support the development of robust physicochemical, chromatographic, and molecular and cell-based assays for in-process controls and final product release testing.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams including CMC scientists to develop mRNA production strategies to meet ambitious project timeline.
  • Communicate effectively with regular verbal and formal updates to project teams and management.
  • Maintain necessary documents including laboratory notebooks, process development reports, technical transfer records, and process related documents.
  • Build and promote the company's values and culture, result oriented, work with can-do attitude, team player mentality, constantly inject positive energy into the working environment.


  • Degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, or a related scientific field. BS with 10+ years of directly related experience, MS with 5+ years of directly related experience, or PhD with 2+ years (preferred) of directly related experience.
  • Strong understanding of nucleic acid chemistry, enzymatic and chemical reactions, and mRNA process at bench and larger scales.
  • Strong hands-on skills in nucleic acid handling and manipulation including plasmid preparation, in vitro transcription, purification, and cleanup is a must.
  • Proficient in analytical technologies including HPLC, agarose gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis, qPCR, ELISA is required.
  • Experience in high-throughput screen and DOE statistical tools for process development techniques is desired.
  • Experience with automated systems and programming is a strong plus
  • Experience in author & technical review on supporting documentations for CMC and regulatory filings is a strong plus.
  • Experience in cGMP requirements for early phase development is a plus.
  • An ability to work independently, meet deadlines and prioritize work effectively. Must be able to thrive and deliver results on goals in a fast-paced, dynamic and highly multi-tasking environment.
  • Demonstrated capabilities to implement advance technologies and persist to successful outcomes.
  • Experience in large-scale process of mRNA automation synthesis and purification is highly desired.

If you are having difficulty in applying or if you have any questions, please contact Marta Suazo at (+1) 347-960-4479 or

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