Senior Associate Scientist - Analytical / Process Development

Facility:  Quality

Fremont, CA, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                 

Imagine transforming the face of biomedical research, helping patients getting healthier with digital therapeutics, and advanced medical devices in a state-of-the-art research facility. That’s what we do at Novo Nordisk Research Center Seattle, Inc. (NNRCSI). Our scientists and engineers apply cutting-edge technologies to early R&D projects with the goal of bringing real change to People with Diabetes and Obesity. Such projects include applying data science when developing advanced medical devices and digital decision support solutions. At NNRCSI, your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent, continuously learn and develop, and drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions.


The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop their careers. You’ll also have a platform to engage with key stakeholders on a global scale throughout the entire pipeline process. And while changing the future of diabetes and obesity treatment is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and innovation. And our competitive compensation package and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. We are changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?

The Position

The Senior Associate Scientist will provide scientific and technical expertise and execute laboratory development strategies in support of multiple projects focused on advancing stem cell-based therapies to the clinic. This will be achieved by executing analytical and process development experiments, analyzing and ensuring data integrity, performing technical transfer of methods into the facility, and communicating results to project teams.



Reports to the head of the relevant department at the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) Stem Cell Manufacture facility located in Fremont, CA. Internal relationships include working closely with technical staff & other members of the scientific leadership team; regular collaborations with members of other departments, including Manufacturing, Facilities and Quality; & frequent interaction with project managers & other colleagues in Denmark. Individual may be responsible for indirect reports or contingent workers.


Essential Functions

  • Hands-on responsibility for highly complex activities requiring a high level of proficiency, understanding, and knowledge of techniques and practices related to the research area
  • Demonstrates a breadth of knowledge and skills to support the development, optimization, and management of protocols of high complexity to advance development of analytical methods and stem cell processes. Occasionally demonstrates subject matter expertise
  • Analyzes complex data with high degree of sophistication, connecting disparate datasets to reach conclusions and set direction on experiments. Responsible for drafting and/or revising SOPs, study protocols, reports, and other required documentation with limited assistance from supervisor beyond reviews
  • Effectively communicates ideas and experimental results to cross-functional project teams
  • Lead, organize and perform experiments directed towards process or analytical development and optimization using undifferentiated human embryonic stem cells
  • Works closely together with colleagues in Måløv, Denmark to transfer and/or develop process and analytical methods
  • Work closely with manufacturing and QC staff to train in process or analytical methods
  • Provides guidance regarding experimental strategies. Responsible for setting experiment timelines to meet project deliverables, including communicating study updates, and providing data generation, analyses, and reporting
  • Maintain laboratory and equipment in accordance with written and approved SOPs
  • Demonstrated ability to identify better practices and create improvements in methods, techniques, approaches, etc
  • Achieves business goals, shares learnings, knowledge, skills, and promotes cross-functional teamwork
  • Develops superior cross-cultural understanding to effectively interact with relevant stakeholders in the global organization
  • Manages site inventory. Orders laboratory supplies and equipment. Maintains the laboratories and performs other job-related duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years relevant technical experience in life sciences required; Master's Degree with minimum of 6+ years of relevant experience may also be considered. Doctoral degree with little or no post-doctoral or other relevant experience.
  • Relevant required experience includes:
    • Experience with analytical methods used for cellular products required. These may include cell-based assays using flow cytometry, immunological assays such as ELISA, and genetic testing such as karyotyping or gene arrays
    • Experience with aseptic technique and mammalian cell culture is required
  • Preferred experience includes:
    • Experience with stem cells 
    • Experience in cell-based therapy development or technical transfer
    • Experience generating SOPs, technical reports, validation/qualification procedures and reports
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates solid project management knowledge, as well as strong organizational and time-management skills


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


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