Position Description

Development Associate I (Upstream) Contract
Location SEATTLE - Bothell, WA
Company Order # 1625
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AGC Biologics is a leading global Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization, with a deep commitment to improving life quality by bringing new biopharmaceuticals to market. Because of our dedication to building and empowering our internal teams, AGC Biologics is an innovative leader in the industry with an extensive network of cGMP facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. As such, we deliver a deep expertise, dynamic solutions and technologies, as well as customized services for the scale-up and cGMP manufacturing of protein-based therapeutics. We forge exceptionally strong partnerships with our clients, and we never lose sight of our pledge to deliver a reliable and compliant drug substance supply, Right, On time. For more information, visit www.agcbio.com.



This is a Development Associates position in the Upstream Process Development group.  Primary responsibility will be to support mammalian cell culture processes used for the manufacture of therapeutic recombinant proteins.  The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting shake flask and bioreactor experiments, sampling, inoculating, feeding & harvesting bioreactors. Under general supervision, this person carries out routine to moderately complex experiments or procedures.



  • Maintain lab including cleaning, autoclaving reactors, stocking laboratory supplies and performing maintenance on laboratory equipment

  • Prepare and filter media

  • Work with the lab supervisor to support bench scale bioreactor and shake flask experiments with aseptic technique:

    • Sample shake flasks and bioreactors

    • Use cell counting and chemical analytic equipment

    • Record data accurately in batch record and notebooks

  • Develop skills to perform cell culture operation such as cell passaging, bioreactor inoculation, transfection, cloning, cell-imaging, and cryopreservation/cell-banking

  • Identify basic technical problems and solves these under direction of supervisor

  • Work with supervisor to develop scientific writing and presentation skills

  • Contribute to lab continuous improvement


  • Demonstrated experience in a mammalian cell culture and bioreactor lab environment

  • Good mechanical aptitude and confidence working with computers and analytical equipment

  • Excellent written & oral communication skills and technical ability

  • Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot

  • Flexibility to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Willingness to support evening and weekend work, as needed
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds and good manual dexterity to work in a laboratory environment
  • Must be dependable, detail-oriented, organized, and willing to perform both routine tasks and develop new skills

  • Academic or industrial hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture, media preparation and aseptic technique preferred.

  • Weekend and/or evening shift work required.


  • A.A./B.S. in a life science or engineering
  • 0-3 years of relevant experience
  • Previous experience in a lab environment
  • Equivalent education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.

AGC Biologics offers a highly competitive compensation package and a friendly, collaborative culture that values personal initiative and professional achievement.  EOE

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