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Actalent Biologist III in Worcester, Massachusetts

Great opportunity to get your foot in the door with one of the top biotech companies in the Worcester, MA area!

This is a 12+ month contract to potential hire!

If interested, please reach out directly to Lindsee Allienello at lallienello @ actalentservices.com


About the Job

  • The Bioprocess Development and Launch Department at the Bioresearch Center in Worcester MA is seeking a highly motivated molecular biologist to join the CHO Cell Line Development team and advance the Biologics pipeline.

  • The scientist in this position will have several responsibilities in supporting CHO cell line development pipeline including expression vector design and genetic characterization of cell lines and cell banks. A strong candidate will have in-depth experience with a variety of molecular biology techniques and mammalian cell culture/aseptic technique as well as exceptional attention to detail demonstrated skills and productivity in laboratory research and strong writing and communication skills.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and coordinate expression vector design construction and quality control

  • Characterize CHO cell lines using a variety of molecular biology techniques including qPCR ddPCR Southern blot northern blot and sequencing analysis

  • Maintain detailed accurate and clear documentation of experiments and activities

  • Effectively organize and communicate research progress and planned activities through oral and written presentations

  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Cell Line Development group and across multiple functional areas of the Bioprocess Development and Launch department to advance the Biologics Pipeline

  • Maintain a high level of productivity in the lab

  • Demonstrate scientific initiative and creative thinking to achieve project goals and contribute team performance in a climate of scientific rigor

  • Contribute to the smooth and effective operation of the CHO Cell Line Development labs through the 5S program

  • Understand and adhere to corporate standards regarding code of conduct safety appropriate handling of materials and GxP compliance


  • Bachelors Degree or Masters Degree in Cell/Molecular Biology or a related field with 5 years of relevant experience pharmaceutical industry experience is preferred

  • Expertise in molecular biology techniques including PCR-based assays and sequencing analysis

  • Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture

  • Experience with DNA sequence manipulation software and common software packages such as Microsoft Office

  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to build strong relationships with peers and cross-functional team members

  • Strong planning multitasking time management and troubleshooting skills

  • Collaborative and proactive attitude with strong scientific curiosity work ethic and attention to detail

  • Authorization to work in the United States is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with expression vector elements construction and molecular cloning

  • Experience with digital PCR assays such as droplet digital PCR ddPCR

  • Proven track record in vector biology cell line genetic characterization and/or CHO cell line development

About Actalent

Actalent is a global leader in engineering and sciences services and talent solutions. We help visionary companies advance their engineering and science initiatives through access to specialized experts who drive scale, innovation and speed to market. With a network of almost 30,000 consultants and more than 4,500 clients across the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe, Actalent serves many of the Fortune 500.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At Actalent, diversity and inclusion are a bridge towards the equity and success of our people. DE&I are embedded into our culture through:

  • Hiring diverse talent

  • Maintaining an inclusive environment through persistent self-reflection

  • Building a culture of care, engagement, and recognition with clear outcomes

  • Ensuring growth opportunities for our people

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, such as the modification or adjustment of the job application process or interviewing process due to a disability, please email actalentaccommodation@actalentservices.com (%20actalentaccommodation@actalentservices.com) for other accommodation options.