Senior Scientist/Specialist for upstream development - Stem Cell CMC

Category:  Research

Måløv, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Would you like to take on an opportunity to bring forward cell-based therapy and collaborate with colleges and partners across continents? And would you like to become a part of the transformational research unit Stem Cell R&D at the forefront of stem cell innovative and rare processes to help patients who suffer from chronic diseases? Then we might have a perfect role for you.

We are looking for an skilled Senior Scientist/Specialist to join a highly engaged and enthusiastic team in the department with expertise in bioprocess development and stem cell biology in relation to CMC and tech transfer to manufacturing.


The position

You will drive coordination and process development across our portfolio of stem cell development projects. Through your in-depth understanding of CMC and process development methodologies, you will contribute to the strategy development of various cell-based therapies. Your responsibility will be to lead, plan and execute project plans and related experiments in collaboration with scientists and laboratory technicians in the department, where you’ll bring the scientific leadership and role modelling. Analysing experimental results to identify favourable and robust cell culture conditions for consistent process outcome, including statistical analysis, will be a key. Further, you will represent the department in cross-functional project teams where you will give input and recommendations to the project specific strategy. What is more, you will contribute to the work and development of the department by providing your input in the scientific discussions and providing scientific guidance.



To be successful in this role, you need a strong interest and solid experience in CMC upstream process development. You need to have PhD or MSc degree in pharma, biochemistry, bioengineering or equivalent with minimum 5-10 years of industrial experience.


The ideal candidate has:
•    Profound experience with CMC upstream process development within mammalian cell cultures
•    Strong background in process upscaling and technology transfer of upstream processes for mammalian cells
•    Proven ability in module 3 writing for regulatory dossiers
•    Solid track record in analyse and interpret data along with applied statistics (incl. DoE).
•    Previous experience with comparability within drug development settings is an advantage
•    Experience or knowledge within stem cells is an advantage
•    Fluency in written and spoken English


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 stem cell 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 Thomas Hassing Ronøe Carlsen at +4530793422

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.