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Group Leader- Process Development

Group Leader- Process Development | Cambridge

Blackfield Associates are recruiting for a Group Leader- Process Development at a Biotech organisation to join the site on the Wellcome Sanger Institute on a permanent basis.

Reporting to the VP of Pre-clinical development they will lead, supervise & develop a diverse and talented support team of Scientists and junior Scientists.

My client is after an organised and proactive individual to lead the Process Development group in the Preclinical Development team.

My Clients class-leading platform enables precise and large-scale identification of gut bacteria associated with health or disease, enabling the design of novel medicines and biomarkers based on live bacteria.

Responsibilities will include:

  • This is a key role for the preclinical development of novel medicines comprising a consortium of live bacteria delivered orally to the intestinal tract.

    The successful candidate will actively contribute to the Company's development programmes in ulcerative colitis and immune-oncology.

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for in-house fermentation process development for multiple anaerobic gut bacteria that comprise the medicine, characterising and optimising their growth and providing support for upstream and downstream method development and optimisation.

  • Leading a small team to develop fermentation processes to produce live bacterial therapeutics comprising multiple bacterial strains Supporting the expansion of the business of the bioanalytical team

  • Working closely with the assay development team to develop suitable assays to assess microbial cell quality


  • PhD in relevant discipline eg: Microbiology or Bioprocess Engineering with focus on fermentation and in-depth bacteriology knowledge.

  • Post-doctoral experience in a bioprocess development environment utilising fermentation technology

  • Experience of optimising manufacturing processes and methodologies.

As well as a competitive salary on offer, the role comes with an annual bonus scheme, company pension and company benefit package.

If this is something of interest to you please email Daisy your updated cv and cover sheet to or call me on 02392322386.

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