Laboratory Technician in Stem Cell Process Development

Category:  Research

Måløv, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


We are seeking a talented and curious Laboratory Technician who would like to further develop within stem cell bioprocess development and CMC. Your basis is relevant training as lab technician, which you combine with experience in process development for biopharmaceuticals. Would you like to become a part of the transformational research unit at the forefront of innovative and rare processes to help patients who suffer from chronic diseases? Then we might have the right position for you.


The position

The Laboratory Technician role is based in the Stem Cell Process Development II department, consisting of skilled scientists and laboratory technicians. In the field of cell therapy, products are typically the result of a long and complex in vitro cell expansion and differentiation processes. All steps in the process must be planned, executed and monitored carefully. Experimental results are analysed to identify favourable and robust cell culture conditions for consistent process outcome. In parallel to the process development research, cultivation batches are generated for in-vitro and in-vivo testing in disease models. The final cultivation processes are handed over to our Stem Cell Manufacturing site in the US or to CMO’s for manufacturing of pre-clinical and clinal batches. 


We are culturing human stem cells in 2D (adherent) and 3D (suspension) processes in conventional cell culture systems and in bioreactors, and we are operating a broad range of scales, from mL to L working volumes to be able to meet the need for both cells and data in our research projects.


The position includes:

  • Planning, execution and monitoring of experiments.
  • Analysing experimental results to identify favourable and robust cell culture conditions for consistent process outcome.
  • Combination of desk-based preparation and hands-on work in cell culture laboratories.
  • Cross-functional work in project teams, sharing tasks and knowledge with colleagues from Stem Cell Research and Stem Cell Manufacturing.   



To be successful in this role, you need a strong previous CMC experience and/or solid manufacturing background including interest in stem cell biology and bioprocess development. You have a relevant training as technician. Furthermore, hands-on background with mammalian cell culture would be required and we expect you to have a well-developed English both spoken and written.


On a personal level you have a technical mindset and flair for high-quality data. You are dedicated, have a can-do-attitude and thrive in a high-pace environment. You enjoy working in cross-disciplinary teams and independently on multiple programs. As a person, you are an outgoing goal-oriented team player with a focus on seeing solutions. You have strong technical and analytical skills while being a good communicator.


About the department

The department Stem Cell Process Development II is part of Novo Nordisk’s new Stem Cell R&D unit, where we develop novel cell replacement therapies for the treatment of serious chronic diseases. Our department receives projects from the research area and focuses on the development of manufacturing and control processes across the entire pluripotent stem cell workflow, starting with cell line derivation and ending with an efficacious and well-characterised product. Diabetes mellitus type 1, Parkinson’s disease and chronic heart failure are only some of the indications we are currently working on. You will join an international and dedicated department of 16 employees, including scientists, laboratory technicians and student workers.


Working in Novo Nordisk

We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We are inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energise us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.


At Novo Nordisk you can look forward to change. We encourage our employees to make the most of their talent. And we reward hard work and dedication with the opportunity for continuous learning and personal development.

Moreover, we recognise 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 the communities we operate in.


For further information, please contact Simon Steffensen at +453079 7703


24th May 2021


Please note that applications will be reviewed continuously, and interviews will be planned as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.


Millions rely on us
To work for Novo Nordisk you will need the skills, dedication and ambition to change lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. In exchange, we offer the chance to be part of a truly global workplace, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development.