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We are looking for an experienced, highly motivated, and hands-on
Principal Scientist Bioprocess Development (f/m/diverse)

ViraTherapeutics is a subsidiary of the Boehringer Ingelheim group of companies: a perfect symbiosis of big pharma and a biotech start-up vibe. Located in the beautiful city of Innsbruck (Rum), Austria – a great place to live and to work – our dedicated Research & Development team develops innovative viral-based immune-oncology treatment options.

We are looking for an experienced, highly motivated, and hands-on

Principal Scientist Bioprocess Development (f/m/diverse)

Within this bioprocess research-based position, you will be part of Boehringer Ingelheim’s initiative to innovate virus-based therapeutics, being a key interface to other sites involved in bringing this therapeutic approach to the patient.

Your role:

  • Develop and implement innovative upstream, downstream and/or formulation process technologies for efficient manufacturing of oncolytic viruses.
  • Develop next generation methods for purifying or characterizing viruses.
  • Develop and maintain corresponding SOPs and batch-specifications. Write project and study plans and sound scientific reports; present and discuss data in the project review teams.
  • Work in close collaboration with other internal project teams and external partners to bring virus-based therapeutics to the patient; presentation of work in scientific conferences.
  • Coach and guide a team of Lab Scientists.

Your ideal qualification:

  • PhD (Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Life Sciences or equivalent) with a strong focus on upstream or downstream process development or Chromatography/Bio-separation, with additional postdoc experience.
  • Expertise in manufacturing of virus-based biologics, hands-on experience and knowledge of preparative chromatography or tangential-flow filtration is an advantage.
  • Evidence of scientific rigor and excellence as documented by first author peer-reviewed publications.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to respond to changing priorities, ability to identify problems and hands-on approach to work towards solutions; scientific project management experience is an asset.
  • Strong team player with excellent communication skills willing to work in a company where personal engagement and empowerment combined with accountability is highly supported.
  • The position requires excellent English communication skills, both spoken and written. German language skills would be highly appreciated (otherwise willingness to learn German).

Our offer:

  • You will have the unique opportunity to participate actively in the early development of novel virus-based cancer therapies at the interface of science and translation. We offer a responsible and versatile occupation with professional perspective in an expanding team.
  • Work within the passionate, science-driven atmosphere of a small biotech company whilst at the same time benefit from being part of the global group of Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies worldwide.
  • We offer an attractive salary and benefits package, flexible working times, great team spirit, and free coffee in the office. The annual base salary for this position starts at 70.000 Euro gross (full time). The actual base salary will be in line with your qualification, experience, and individual competencies.

ViraTherapeutics GmbH, Dr. Knut Elbers, Bundesstrasse 27, 6063 Rum, Austria
We look forward to receiving your application by email: jobs@viratherapeutics.com

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