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Natural Scientist as Head of Process Development (m/f)

Head of Process Development

Juno Therapeutics GmbH is an innovative German subsidiary of a fast-growing American biotechnology company in the field of adaptive cell therapy (www.junotherapeutics.com). Our goal is to develop new immunotherapies for the treatment of tumors. For our Site in Munich, we are looking for a
Head of Process Development
(Full Time, Unlimited)
Tracking Number: 16004


The primary focus of the Head of Process Development will be to improve and optimize current recombinant protein manufacturing platforms.
The key deliverables for this role are to lead recombinant protein process development team of 5-20 that will be responsible for all aspects of process design of our cell isolation reagents for current and future cell therapies. Actively participate in teams, projects, networks and/or platforms. Fulfill all related tasks and responsibilities related to own discipline. Proactively communicate key issues and any other critical topics in a timely manner to the appropriate management level and/or to any other relevant project team members. Advise team members and work according to appropriate SOP’s, GLP, GMP, OQM, HSE, ISEC and company guidelines. Establish a strong team of highly skilled scientists specializing process development of recombinant proteins and in executing best strategies to enable IND and BLA filings of the underlying cell products.


  • Demonstrate practical experience and expertise in the design of upstream and downstream processes of therapeutic protein products.
  • Optimize unit operations in current platform processes, elaborate strategies to minimize risk for critical components in the supply chain, and evaluate novel technologies and processes for USP and DSP implementation, including automation approaches.
  • Liaise with Discovery, DSP Development and with Analytics groups for smooth execution of pipeline objectives.
  • Work collaboratively with internal colleagues and external partners to improve and transfer processes to CMOs and to internal manufacturing sites.
  • Observe relevant BSL2 safety policies governing work with lentiviral vectors and with human source materials.
  • Serve as subject matter expert to assist cell and gene therapy team perform due diligence on external opportunities in the areas of cellular immunotherapy and gene therapy.


  • Proven experience in leading and guiding process development teams (people manager), taking responsibility and making risk based decisions.
  • Fluent in English and German.
  • Demonstrated and direct experience with GLP and cGMP operations and principles.
  • Significant prior experience in cell or viral based Pharmaceutical manufacturing is expected.
  • Able to work productively in a highly collaborative, team oriented environment with internal colleagues and external partners working to advance gene and cell therapy products.
  • Excellent attention to detail as well as communication and project management skills and previous experience managing projects for teams in a highly matrixed environment.
  • Demonstrated evidence of national or international reputation as a T lymphocyte expert and have direct experience with GLP and cGMP operations and principles including risk based validation or processes.
  • Significant prior experience in cell or viral based Pharmaceutical manufacturing is expected.


  • Ph.D. degree with at least 5 years relevant experience or M.S. or B.S. degree with 10 years’ experience in immunology, cell biology, cell product manufacturing or a related discipline.


Please apply online, quoting the reference number 16004, with your complete application documents as well as your earliest starting date and salary expectations.

We look forward to hearing from you!
While applying for the job please refer on jobvector and use the following reference number: 16004