Shire Lab Scientist, Engineer in Los Angeles, California

This position is responsible for executing process development projects, process improvement projects, contract manufacturing, technology transfer projects. Provide technical expertise to multiple functions within the facility including manufacturing and quality.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform standard scientific assignments which are typically a significant portion of a larger project.

  • Select sound techniques to solve problems evaluate changes and make design recommendations

  • Design appropriate experiments to achieve process improvements with minimal supervision.

  • Work independently or with other Technical Services personnel to execute experiments.

  • Conduct assays in support of experiments.

  • Support regulatory requirements including change submissions and periodic product reviews

  • Plan and conduct engineering runs, bench scale, pilot scale experiments.

  • Assessment of new technology and application to our existing processes.

  • Utilize robust statistical analysis to draw appropriate conclusions from the data.

  • Develop new or improved techniques and procedures around specific tasks with minimal supervision.

  • Recommend material and process specifications.

  • Interface with manufacturing to help drive key metrics.

  • Lead small project teams as needed to accomplish project objectives.


  • Knowledge of engineering principals, biochemistry, and protein purification techniques.

  • Understanding of plasma fractionation is preferred.

  • Ability to perform experiments in lab and Pilot Plant setting.

  • Experience with DOE (design of experiments), six sigma, and lean manufacturing a plus.

  • Knowledge of analytical tools for analysis of proteins.

  • Demonstrate application of engineering principles on individual/small projects.

  • Strong assessment and troubleshooting skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.

  • Excellent computer skills.

  • Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Education and/or experience

  • BS or MS degree in bioengineering, biochemistry or related field minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

  • PhD degree in bioengineering, biochemistry or related field minimum of 1 years of relevant experience.

  • Project management experience is a plus.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to push/pull 35 lbs. and lift/carry up to 25 lbs.

  • Able to work in cold environment

  • In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and laboratory work.

Working Environment

  • Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body.

  • No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.

  • Will work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and diatomaceous earth that may require respiratory protection.

  • Will work in a cold, wet environment

  • Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends.

  • Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.