Sr. Bioprocess Engineer I, MSAT Drug Substance



3930 Visp, Switzerland
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024
Join our Mission to Protect Humankind!
Vaxcyte is a clinical-stage vaccine innovation company engineering high-fidelity vaccines to protect humankind from the consequences of bacterial diseases, which have serious and costly health consequences when left unchecked. Working to eradicate or treat bacterial infections such as invasive pneumococcal disease, Group A Strep, periodontitis and Shigella is just the beginning. Our path to success is clear and well-defined, and Vaxcyte is set up to go the distance.
WHAT we do is every bit as important as HOW we do it! Our work together is guided by four enduring core values:
*AIM HIGH: We embody our collectively audacious goal to courageously make the most complex biologics ever attempted to protect humankind.
*LEAD WITH HEART: Everyone leads at Vaxcyte with a kindness-first, inclusive approach to collaboration and vigorous debate that advances our business objectives.
*RETHINK CONVENTION: We bring creative and intellectual diversity to every facet of the work we do in order to innovate and re-innovate the way vaccines are delivered.
*MODEL EXCELLENCE: The magnitude of our challenge requires our shared commitment to demonstrating integrity, accountability, equality and clarity across communications and decision making.
Vaxcyte is looking for an energetic and talented individual to join the Manufacturing Science and Technology (MSAT) team in the role of Drug Substance (DS) Sr Bioprocess Engineer. The incumbent will support the microbial manufacturing operations from commercial readiness through PPQ and ongoing commercial production, onsite at contract manufacturing organizations (CMO), with the primary responsibility to provide technical and operational support of manufacturing operations that ensure robust and efficient manufacturing processes. This position will primarily be located in Visp, Switzerland, but will have responsibilities to oversee CMOs in Italy and Germany as well.
This position will require the candidate to manage the highly complex microbial manufacturing processes for Vaxcyte’s vaccine portfolio. This is an exciting opportunity to join an outstanding team, with a mission to support late-stage clinical manufacture, launch, and commercial operations for the PCV franchise. The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:
·A skilled process engineer with expertise in microbial fermentation, product recovery, and purification.
·An exceptional team player who works seamlessly with others, speaks up, and remains focused on achieving the best results to attain company goals.
·The ability to analyze data and communicate conclusions, decisions and recommendations concisely to key stakeholders.
·A strong sense of ownership and accountability; commitment to Vaxcyte’s mission of protecting humankind.

Essential Functions:

  • Work cross functionally with program management, process development, quality, facilities, regulatory, finance, logistics, clinical supply, and CMO / supplier management to ensure manufacture under GMP of different protein-polysaccharide conjugate Drug Substances required for Vaxcyte’s vaccine portfolio.
  • Oversight of CMO service provider(s) to ensure delivery of commercial readiness, process validation, and commercial stage manufacturing campaigns.
  • Enable MSAT DS team participation in technology transfer, equipment/technology procurement and qualification, late-stage process characterization, process validation, and deviation and deficiency investigations and troubleshooting.
  • Lead all aspects of and engage in the planning, design, execution, and documentation of DS manufacturing process Investigations and CAPAs.
  • Drive continuous improvement and change management in DS manufacturing processes through technological innovation and application of first principles in process engineering.
  • Support the process to select new CMOs and suppliers.
  • Leverage literature, industry/regulatory guidance, and practical experience to perform work and influence CMC strategies.
  • Recommend and implement new technology that advances knowledge and productivity within the department. Drive continuous improvement.
  • Author and review technical reports, manufacturing documents, regulatory submissions, and publications.
  • Present at department, project team, and senior management meetings. May present externally at scientific conferences.
  • Support the CMOs during inspections of health authorities where necessary and ensure proper follow-up of any potential observation or recommendation.


  • PhD in Bio/Chemical Engineering or Microbiology/Chemistry/Biochemistry with 6+ years of relevant Pharma/Biotech industry experience, or Master’s degree in Bio/Chemical Engineering or Microbiology/Chemistry/ Biochemistry with 9+ years of relevant Pharma/Biotech industry experience.
  • Experience with Vaccine manufacturing operations preferred.
  • Strong experience in Drug Substance Manufacturing under GMP regulations required. Understanding of Quality systems. Experience in Drug Substance manufacturing equipment specification and qualification preferred.
  • Strong scientific or technological (process engineering) background and hands-on experience with biochemical reaction OR bacterial fermentation, product recovery, and purification processes. Commercial manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of In-depth understanding of bacterial fermentation principles, bioreactor systems and process analytics/control systems.
  • Sound knowledge of:
  • product recovery unit operations such as homogenization/microfluidization, centrifugation, and depth filtration.
  • product purification unit operations such as chromatography, UF/DF TFF, and precipitation.
  • process analytics/control systems.
  • Experience with cell-free upstream technology is a plus but not required.
  • Strong ability in troubleshooting equipment/technology and process. Adept at FMEA. Excellent analytic skills. Experience in Investigations and development and implementation of CAPAs preferred.
  • Experience with facility fit assessment, facility start-up, technology transfer, process validation, and scale-down studies implementing DOE desired.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written formats. Experience with Cross-Functional teams and managing direct reports.
  • Proven technical leadership skills including strong project management skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is mandatory.
Reports to: Director, MSAT
Location: Switzerland
The compensation package will be competitive and includes comprehensive benefits and an equity component.
Send resumes to:
Vaxcyte, Inc.
825 Industrial Road, Suite 300
San Carlos, CA 94070
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.