Upstream Process Development Intern - Weekend Operator

  • Opportunity Profile:
    • At Bristol-Myers Squibb, we believe that together we can make the difference. We want to do this by building professional teams who can create and innovate medicines that benefit doctors and their patients.
      Our large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Devens, Massachusetts, is expanding and there are a number of exciting career opportunities to join Bristol-Myers Squibb, one of the world’s leading BioPharma companies.
      We’ve created one of the world’s premier biologics facilities, among the first sites in the industry to have a fully automated, integrated manufacturing control system that enables the plant to run virtually paperless.
       It is a site that combines biologics development with clinical and commercial manufacturing on a single campus – a true biologics center of excellence for the company where teams are encouraged to closely collaborate. This expansion was designed to support the launch of new medicines by more closely aligning biologics development and manufacturing capabilities. All this goes towards helping create and innovate life-saving medicines that fight serious illnesses.
      Position: Upstream Process Development Intern - Weekend Operator
      Location: Devens, MA
      An opening, starting December 2019, is available for part-time interns to be responsible for weekend mammalian cell culture operations. Routine job functions include but are not limited to: sampling cell culture studies (including shake flasks or bench-scale bioreactors), bioreactor monitoring, sub-culturing of seed cultures in shake flasks and cell bags, manipulation of nutrient and glucose feed in bioreactors, and documentation in electronic lab notebooks. 
      The part-time interns will report directly to an Upstream Associate Scientist/Engineer on one-half weekday and consult with upstream project leads to review responsibilities for the weekend. He/she will be working along with a full-time BMS employee on a full weekend day (up to 8 hours) to perform cell culture monitoring and other operations. Routine hours will include one half-day during the week (4 hours), plus up to 8 hours for each weekend day worked. The option to work both Saturday and Sunday is potentially available.
      Bristol-Myers Squibb is the industry leader in immuno-oncology with life-saving medicines and a rich clinical portfolio of diverse modalities including monoclonal antibody, antibody drug conjugate, fusion protein, and combination regimes. Bristol-Myers Squibb recently completed an expansion of its large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Devens, Massachusetts. This expansion created a mammalian cell biologics center of excellence through the introduction of biologics development and clinical trial manufacturing capabilities to the site. Both represent new capabilities for Devens, a site that in its early years has focused solely on large-scale, bulk biologics manufacturing.
      Key Responsibilities:
      • Hands-on operation and maintenance of several mammalian cell cultures in shake flasks and bench-scale bioreactors.
      • Multi-task to support simultaneous upstream experiments across numerous projects.
      • Perform documentation and monitoring of cell culture trends.
      • Elevate any anomalous bioreactor behavior observed to full-time employees and assist in troubleshooting efforts.
      • Support high-throughput cell culture experiments and process scale-up activities.
      • Demonstrate accountability in maintaining the integrity of critical experiments over the weekends.
      Key Competencies:
      • Candidates who are currently pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field related to chemical engineering, bio-chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, or biology are preferred.
      • Knowledge of aseptic techniques for maintenance and scale-up of mammalian cell cultures. Experience with aseptic technique preferred.
      • Competent computer skills. Experience working with electronic lab notebooks is preferred but not required.
      • Capable of working independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
      • Exemplary attention to detail and dependability.
      Together, we make a difference. Bristol-Myers Squibb is one of the world’s BioPharma leaders, committed to delivering innovative medicines as well as nurturing a culture that’s a springboard for progress. Our success depends on building teams of bold, innovative, and passionate employees who will help continue to drive us further forward. No matter the role, we are united by our mission and determined to win this fight. And that makes all the difference.
      Bristol-Myers Squibb is an equal opportunity employer - Vet/Disability