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TAP Biosystems (part of the Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group)

Development Scientist

Sartorius Stedim Biotech is a global company providing bioprocessing solutions to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

This role, based within the Sartorius Stedim, Royston R&D team, is an opportunity to be involved in the early-stage development of new and innovative product offerings. In the role you will provide biological and/or chemical engineering input to a multidisciplinary team (including mechanical, electrical and software engineers; and business development and technology experts) focussed on solving a range of diverse engineering challenges and will demonstrate and prove those solutions.

As a member of that team you will provide expert input into the selection of appropriate engineering approaches as well as representing the position of a typical end-user of the products being developed. Much of the work will be focused around development of automated small-scale bioprocessing equipment, e.g. stirred tank reactors (ambr) and associated systems, and initially on a day-to-day basis you will be developing and executing experimental test plans and reviewing the results of these with other members of the team and presenting data at a range of levels within the organisation.

As such, this represents an opportunity to both gain experience in the ambr range of products and interact with a range of highly skilled individuals.

Key Job Accountabilities

  • Experiment planning (the design of new experiments and test procedures), experiment execution and analysis of results.
  • Sourcing and preparation of materials for testing new technologies and automated systems at Sartorius Stedim, Royston.
  • Execution of biological/biochemical based assays.
  • Preparation of data and reports.
  • Participation in design reviews with peers and others.




Education/Qualifications/Special Training

PhD/ EngD in relevant field of study, e.g. Biochemical Engineering, Biology or Chemical Engineering.  


Experience of good aseptic laboratory technique and mammalian culture is essential. Experience with stirred tank or other forms of bioreactor is preferred. Such experience will ideally have been gained in an industrial or academic bioprocessing laboratory and candidates will ideally have some understanding of the bioprocessing industry. Candidates should have a high level of general scientific technique and laboratory competence.

More generally candidates should be experienced in planning and execution of experiments and delivering data and conclusions for group review, ideally as part of a project team environment or within an academic environment with regular presentation & peer review programmes.

Key Job Skills



  • Mammalian cell culture
  • Experience of bioreactor operation
  • Ability to analyse complex technical data
  • Ability to plan project work and  meet deadlines
  • Effective and efficient preparation and delivery of appropriate level technical reports, manuals, presentations


  • Micro-organism culture
  • Downstream processing experience
  • Instrumentation development experience

Behavioural Skills


  • Capability to take ownership of and responsibility for project activities
  • Creative thinking
  • Logical problem solving and analytical skills
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team

Effective interpersonal and communications skills



  • Positive disposition
  • Able to work under pressure

Highly practical


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