Accelerate biotechnology

(Sr.) Technician UpStream Processing

We are looking for an experienced (Senior) Technician UpStream Processing for our USP department in Leiden, The Netherlands. The USP Technician works mainly on vaccine development, the activities include upstream process development (mammalian and microbial cell platforms), medium development, and clinical manufacturing in our GMP facility. Production platforms range from shake flasks and roller bottles up to cell factories, suspension and fixed bed bioreactors.  You will be responsible for organizing, planning and executing your own experiments under supervision of a scientist. You will get acquainted with new equipment and techniques and will also be responsible for writing SOP’s and protocols. On a regular basis, you will present your results within the upstream development department. You will support and execute general maintenance lab tasks. Most of the work will be performed under BSL2 or BSL3 conditions.

You will join a stimulating group of international researchers in a very collaborative environment. As part of this group, your personal as well as your scientific growth are encouraged and developed. This position reports to a Scientist USP.

Your letter of motivation and CV should show that you have:

  • BSc or MSc degree in life sciences, biochemistry, biochemical engineering or related subject;
  • Experience in a biotechnology or biopharmaceutical industry environment;
  • Experience 2+ years with bioreactors;
  • Experience with performing data analysis, troubleshooting, drafting study plans and reports;
  • Experience with adherent mammalian cell culture is desirable;
  • Good command of the English language (written and spoken).

In the interviews, it will be clear that:

You are enthusiastic and comfortable in a dynamic environment. You can work both in a team and individually. You communicate clearly at all levels; you can get your thoughts, ideas and knowledge across in a helpful and clear way. You enjoy both hands-on and theoretical work. Your planning and organization skills allow you to have an overview of the necessary work and you are able to meet deadlines.

You can send your application to our HR Officer, Mrs. Ingrid van Aarle, by email

Acquisition regarding this position is not appreciated.