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Sanofi Group Deputy Director Sr Scientist - Vaccines in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania

POSITION TITLE: Deputy Director, Senior Scientist - Vaccine

LOCATION: Swiftwater, PA


Vaccine Industrial Affairs (VIA), at our Swiftwater, Pennsylvania site, the largest vaccine manufacturing facility in the US, continues to develop its manufacturing assets to produce existing and new vaccines and biopharmaceuticals. Sanofi Pasteur provides associates in IA a variety of opportunities to develop and enhance their career through the ability to work in diverse roles across functions, resources for continuous learning, and assistance for those wishing to further their education.


The Deputy Director - Senior Scientist within the Manufacturing Technology (MTech) function of Vaccines Industrial Affairs (VIA) will provide general and product specific scientific expertise in the upstream processing for viral vaccine manufacture (Bacterial Fermentation, Cell Culture).

Provide scientific knowledge, leadership and sharing of best practices in support of the site’s products portfolio; including technical support of technology transfers to commercial manufacturing, comprehensive product technical assessments, sharing data, and product and process knowledge in support of product lifecycle management for all products.

The mission of MTech function is to deliver robust and efficient manufacturing processes, MTech function also provides daily support to Manufacturing and QC toward industrial performance excellence.


  • Provide deep subject matter expertise in area of upstream bioprocess development

  • Develop small-scale models, and lead execution of DOE studies, process optimization projects, and support process and equipment design activities related to bacterial fermentation and cell culture processing

  • Lead/Execute lab scale process development and characterization studies to increase robustness, sustainability and safety in biologics manufacturing

  • Partner with Engineering to ensure industrial implementation of process design, including review of engineering design documents

  • Provide technical assistance to manufacturing and quality operations for process troubleshooting, and health authority inspections to achieving site metrics (+QDCI).

  • Influence strong collaboration at site and global levels for forward thinking with an attitude of optimization, efficiency, and continuous improvement for the projection management functions

  • Support development and execution of strategic vision on the future of upstream bioprocessing and its implementation on the Swiftwater site.

  • Coach and mentoring junior personnel and educating / maintaining technical knowledge in workforce


  • Minimum Bachelors degree required (preferably a Master's degree) in Basic sciences, math, engineering, or pharmacy with 6+ years’ industry experience OR

  • PhD with 3+ years’ industry experience in biological processes or analytics in a cGMP environment.

  • Candidate should possess educational and professional experience, commensurate with the position.

  • Candidates shall have demonstrated experience in the following: Expertise in Bacterial/Cell-culture process development for biopharmaceuticals / vaccines manufacture.

  • Ability to work in cross functional teams, provide strong analytical skills for troubleshooting and root cause analysis, and communicate with internal and external team members.


  • BS in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering (or similar) with minimum 8+ years industrial experience.

  • Advanced degree in sciences with 12+ years scale down modeling of bioreactors, large scale bioreactor equipment design, scale-up implementation & validation experience.

  • Proficient with structured methodologies such as Good Laboratory Practices, Quality by Design, Design Space, & Process Control Strategies employed in the course of industrial process design, validation and control.

  • Experience with usage and scale-up of single use bioreactor system.

  • Leadership and development of technical teams.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Deputy Director, Senior Scientist: Upstream Process Expert:

  • The hired candidate will execute role as an individual contributor.

  • Preferred start date: January 2021

  • The hired candidate will work during normal business hours (8am – 5pm Monday – Friday), but flexibility for occasional work outside of these hours is necessary.


Sanofi Pasteur’s VIA mission is to improve worldwide human health, as a reliable manufacturer, by delivering high quality, innovative, and affordable products to our customers. Therefore, the hired candidate will:

  • fit in well with our Sanofi values of innovation, solidarity, confidence, respect, and integrity and our ways of working (Focus, Agility, Accountability and Simplicity).

  • have the opportunity to establish the vision and set the strategic direction of the Site Material Science Program

  • have the opportunity to influence best practices related to single use systems throughout various manufacturing facilities (drug substance and drug products), both within Sanofi Pasteur as well as across the global Sanofi network.

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.



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