Senior Bioprocess Engineer (m/f/d)

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Octapharma Biopharmaceuticals GmbH was founded in 1997 and is a successful expanding biotech company in Heidelberg, a subsidiary company of the international operating Octapharma group. Our core business is in research and development of recombinant proteins derived from human cell lines. We strive to develop treatments with an improved tolerability for the patient and longer half-lives.


We are looking for:


a Senior Bioprocess Engineer (m/f) to join the Pilot Plant Upstream Process team starting at the next possible date at our Research and GMP Production Site in Heidelberg.




  • Evaluate new and existing bioprocess technologies, methods and equipment with focus on scale-up and optimization of cell culture
  • Serve as a technical lead in development, optimizing and executing of pilot-scale bioprocess
  • Act as a technical expert in pilot-scale bioreactor operations & maintenance
  • Plan and carry out independent experiments to support process optimization and development from shake flasks to production bioreactor
  • Perform production operations according to GMP and all other applicable quality regulations
  • Create and review manufacturing process and other GMP relevant documentation
  • Coordinate and plan equipment qualification, maintenance and repair activities
  • Perform troubleshooting activities, as well as deviation investigations
  • Close cooperation with Quality Assurance to ensure compliance with GMP requirements


Your profile:

  • Degree in Biotechnology/ Chemical Engineering/ related fields (MSc. or PhD a plus)
  • Technical knowledge and experience with bioreactors and control systems (e.g. MFCS/win)
  • Working experience under GMP cleanroom conditions
  • Experience with process development, scale-up and operation of large-scale bioreactors is highly desirable
  • Understanding of design of experiments (DOE) and statistical analysis of experimental data is desirable
  • Personal responsibility, autonomous organization skills, and ability to manage time effectively to complete assignments in the allotted time frame
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English
  • Understanding of underlying GMP principles in a way to improve the existing system and apply measures commensurate to the level of risk of the underlying activity

    If this is you, don't hesitate to apply.


We offer:

  • A permanent position in a dynamically growing company
  • A modern - state of the art - working environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • An international team (15 different nationalities, 190 employees, international corporation)
  • Cooperative work environment with outside work activities


Application: please apply via our web portal



Selina Schilling      HR-Manager 

Tel: +49 (0)6221 – 1852 616


Über Octapharma

Octapharma mit Hauptsitz in Lachen, Schweiz, ist einer der weltweit führenden Hersteller von menschlichen Proteinen. Das Unternehmen entwickelt und produziert Humanproteine aus Blutplasma und menschlichen Zelllinien.

Weltweit zählt das Unternehmen über 9.000 Mitarbeiter, die mit Produkten aus folgenden drei Therapiebereichen die Behandlung von Patienten in 118 Ländern unterstützen: Hämatologie, Immuntherapie und Intensivpflege.

Octapharma betreibt sieben Standorte Forschung & Entwicklung und sechs hochmoderne Produktionsanlagen in Österreich, Frankreich, Deutschland, Mexiko und Schweden, sowie mehr als 160 Plasmazentren europaweit und in den USA.


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