Associate Process Engineer
Wildtype is on a mission to create the cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet, starting with sushi-grade salmon. We’re pioneering cellular agriculture to protect wild species and our oceans, and to reverse trends of global food insecurity. Wildtype will provide consumers with a new option for real seafood that provides the same nutritional benefits as the most pristine wild-caught fish, without common contaminants such as mercury, microplastics, antibiotics, or pesticides.
We were founded in 2016 by Aryé Elfenbein, a cardiologist and molecular biologist, and Justin Kolbeck (CEO), a former US diplomat who served in Pakistan and Afghanistan, in an effort to solve one of the world’s biggest problems: how to feed a growing population without stripping the earth of its natural resources and biodiversity. Investors include L Catterton, Jeff Bezos, Spark Capital, CRV, Temasek, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition, among others.
Come join us in transforming our food system for good!
About the role
In this role, you will work closely with other departments as the tech transfer lead to support the transfer of new processes and products into GMP manufacturing facilities. You will be collaborating with R&D, GMP operations, and Quality to ensure a smooth transition to manufacturing operations.
Your work at Wildtype
- Hands on management of day-to-day large scale bioreactor operations and scheduling
- Perform & train staff on equipment cleaning and sterilization, manual cleaning, clean in place (CIP), and pressure tests (PT)
- Own the end-to-end tech transfer process, including documentation of batch records and drafting appropriate SOPs, meeting targeted timelines for new process transfers
- Provide technical trainings to GMP operations team, overseeing the tech transfer documentation process and updating it as required
- Perform gap analysis on equipment, and work with the engineering team to troubleshoot any issues
- Lead process deviations and investigations in the GMP operations
- Thaw cell banks, expand cell cultures under aseptic conditions, and maintain cultures according to good manufacturing practices (GMP)
- Operate and perform routine maintenance and calibration of process equipment
What you bring to the table
- Bachelor's degree, and 7+ years of relevant experience in cell culture bioprocess development and process transfer across size scales, in either academic and industry settings
- Cell culture experience, preferably in mammalian cells
- Comfortable with multi-tasking, a fast-paced environment, and working on different projects simultaneously
- Detail-oriented and well-organized
- Ability to relate with people at all levels within an organization, including diverse cultures
- Ability to work overtime and on weekends, as necessary
What we’ll teach you
- How to apply your experience in bioprocess & cell culture to the production of next-generation seafood
- How to work with a fast-moving, interdisciplinary team working at the leading edge of several fields
- Within 1 month we’ll rely on you to efficiently support & maintain our cell culture bioreactors. You’ll be well on your way to learning Wildtype’s unique process for cell cultivation. You will have defined your professional development goals for the next twelve months. You will understand the unique context of our process and will be able to train others on operational procedures.
- Within 3 months you will have mastered basic bioreactor maintenance & operations within Wildtype’s unique environment. You will be independently carrying out routine activities such as harvest operations, thawing cell banks, and expanding cell cultures.
- Within 6 months your skills will have developed to the point where you can independently train a new hire on Wildtype’s entire bioprocess. Your work will be organized effectively to achieve tasks on time at a high level of quality.
- Within 12 months you will be able to articulate how your work directly impacts the company’s milestones. You will routinely take the initiative to research topics independently and volunteer new ideas or approaches. You will have executed your first independently designed experiment with controls and presented your findings at a company-wide research meeting.
Location: This position is an onsite role based in San Francisco.
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