Fermentation Specialist, Head, Silver Spring, United States 138 views

Fermentation Specialist, Head

Job Locations US-MD-Silver Spring

# of Openings : 1

Type : Regular Full-Time


CAMRIS International is an medical research and development firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. We combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. Our core practice areas include HIV/AIDS, microbiology and infectious disease research, vaccine research, development and production, global health security, biodefense, and clinical research.

CAMRIS is seeking a Fermentation Specialist who will lead a Bioproduction Facility in Silver Spring, MD. S/he will perform duties associated with the design, start-up, evaluation, validation, and maintenance of fermentation systems as they are applied to the fermentation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Fermentation harvests will be processed and purified so that end products can be used for human vaccines and biological products.

*This is a forecasted position and it is contingent upon contract award.


  • Plan schedules for fermentation of desired materials.
  • Make recommendations for production of desired products based on research data received from research personnel.
  • Responsible for all levels of fermentation, from bench scale to 400 liters.
  • Responsible for process development when this is necessary prior to full-scale production.
  • Responsible for optimizing growth of various prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells so that optimal yields are available for processing.
  • Depending on the desired product, will harvest cells intact, or when desired, process cells through various stages of downstream processing using various types of equipment to accomplish this.
  • Responsible for writing Standard Operating Procedures, Batch Production Records, and any other documents that are required to maintain documentation and compliance with current Good Manufacturing Procedures.
  • Ensure that all data is entered in records to be maintained on file for each product.
  • Qualifications

  • BS degree in Engineering or the Life Sciences; 10 years’ experience operating fermentation under GMP.
  • 15 total years’ experience in the biotechnology field.
  • Professional knowledge of the principles and practices applicable to fermentation and downstream processing.
  • Knowledge of operation of fermenters from bench capacity to 400 liters.
  • Knowledge of operation of centrifuges, ultrafiltration, and cell disruption equipment.
  • Familiarity with related fields such as microbial physiology, general microbiology, microbial fermentation, mammalian cell culture, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. This knowledge could be acquired through formal course work or by experience in the field.
  • Extensive knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices as applied to biological products.
  • All proposed personnel to perform services contractor must verify employment eligibility (E-Verify) and obtain a favorable National Agency Check (NACI).
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