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Working As A Manufacturing Scientist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $77,293

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Scientist Do At Thermo Fisher Scientific

* Assist with all cell culture aspects using proper aseptic techniques – feeding, freezing, thawing and harvesting
* Conduct Flow Cytometric assays
* Perform cell culture tests
* Inventory laboratory reagents and materials
* Maintain laboratory equipment
* Prepare reagents and culturing media
* QC of harvested cells
* Perform cell isolation
* Must notify immediate supervisor of any unsafe conditions and/or practices and take appropriate corrective action
* Prepare and present production reports to management regarding daily activities
* Perform data entry in a conscientious manner
* Follow company and department SOPs and work instructions
* Ensure that safe laboratory procedures and protocols are followed at all times especially in the application of universal precautions in handling of all blood and blood byproducts
* Expected to follow all company and department standard operating procedures, PSWIs, safety rules, GMP and GDP

What Does A Manufacturing Scientist Do At Pfizer

* This position acts as production area shift lead working in a team environment with Bioprocessing Technicians and Clinical Manufacturing Scientists to execute processing and operational activities in support of manufacturing.
* Requires detailed knowledge of the operational aspects for Fermentation, Purification, and Conjugation processing to organize daily functions and work in concert with Bioprocessing Technicians in executing those functions in a compliant, safe and efficient manner to maintain production schedules.
* Must be capable of assessing challenges to the schedule and re-directing activities as necessary to minimize impact to quality, compliance and timelines.
* Must be capable of making real time cGMP critical decisions in the absence of the Clinical Manufacturing Team Lead &/or Process Engineer, assuming responsibility of approving critical processing steps and trouble shooting equipment.
* In addition to processing, cleaning, and operating major process equipment (tanks, fermentors, ultrafiltration units, lyophilizers, etc.), job duties also include routine production preparation tasks such as preparing production glassware and other equipment by operating industrial washers, autoclaves and depyrogenation ovens, use calibrated scales to weigh out dry components and use graduates and flasks to measure liquids.
* Also, performs laboratory activities such as: performing sample dilutions, pH, and conductivity readings.
* Requires understaning of scientific principles, operational aspects of production equipment, automation control systems, processing requirements and any related procedural requirements with emphasis on microbial fermentation / purification and conjugation processing.
* Capable of detecting technical problems and assisting the appropriate colleagues for resolution.
* Ability to collect and assemble applicable, vital information for presentation to CM Team Leads and/or Manufacturing Process Engineers to assist in troubleshooting and decision making.
* Provides input and revises SOP's, batch records, forms or other cGMP related documents developed or revised to support continous improvement efforts, investigation corrective actions, manufacturing operations, automation control (PLC, DeltaV, etc.) and regulatory audit commitments.
* May be required to attend meetings of major capital or process improvement teams, eg. facility expansion, technology transfer, MES implementation, operational efficiency, etc

What Does A Manufacturing Scientist Do At Thermo Fisher Scientific

* As an associate of the function, this individual will assure that work is performed in accordance with production schedules, perform hands-on manufacturing tasks and work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment, conduct multiple production runs at one time, and be well organized.
* Specific responsibilities include:
* Learn and comply with policies and procedures set forth by departmental Standard of Procedures and Work Instructions.
* Prepare and initiate all procedures and documents under supervision
* Carry out and optimize appropriate methods for the conjugation, purification and characterization of bioconjugates under supervision
* Follow all departmental guidelines and procedures
* Input data and observations into database accurately and efficiently
* Maintain lab supply inventory and re-order as needed

What Does A Manufacturing Scientist Do At Thermo Fisher Scientific

* Simultaneously manage and prioritize multiple projects and products across multiple functional groups while meeting target due dates with guidance of supervisor/lead
* Design, create experimental task, run tests and be able to look at data and complete analysis using Fusion, Orchid, or equivalent software, can provide experimental task(s) to designated Scientist with Supervisor approval
* Be able to identify improvements, initiate and implement the solutions with the guidance of the supervisor
* Adapt, implement and train current and new Scientist I lab functions/procedure to other Scientists and provide guidance and support throughout projects and product builds (SAP, Operate UV spectrophotometer, thermal cycler, agarose gel electrophoresis, UV image analyzer, Luminex 200, FlexMAP3D, high speed centrifuge and other hardware.
* Reconstitution, quantification, QC test, organization and maintenance of all raw materials such as oligonucleotides, ancillary reagents, and genomic DNAs, etc.)
* Coordinate, plan and manage the day-to-day tasks to maintain the project(s)/product(s) workflow with guidance from Scientist II/III/Supervisor
* Manage, plan, and design experimental methods under supervision as needed to achieve technical objectives as well as identify and solve problems with minimum complexity
* Prepare accurate and timely reports to Scientist II
* III/Management
* Conduct maintenance and organization of reagents and equipment
* Maintain and perform with all aspects of receiving and quality control testing of raw materials
* Update and maintain raw material and semi inventories.
* Be able to do Cycle count
* Prepare and QC buffer solutions
* Be able to efficiently handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
* Maintain and update all required SOP’s and quality records of equipment maintenance, tests, analyses and other relevant data with the guidance of Scientist II/III/Supervisor
* Implement and execute Practical knowledge of PPI Business System/LEAN concepts including continuous improvement with supervision
* Be able to identify goals, review and update Supervisor throughout the year and complete the PMD
* All laboratory personnel are expected to notify their immediate supervisor of any unsafe conditions and/or practices and to take appropriate corrective action.
* This position will have daily contact with other laboratory personnel

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How To Become A Manufacturing Scientist

Chemists and materials scientists need at least a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field. However, a master’s degree or Ph.D. is required for many research jobs.


A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or in a related field is needed for entry-level chemist or materials scientist jobs. Although some materials scientists hold a degree in materials science, most have a degree in chemistry, physics, or engineering. Many jobs require a master’s degree or a Ph.D. and also may require significant levels of work experience. Chemists and materials scientists with a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience typically lead basic- or applied-research teams.

Many colleges and universities offer degree programs in chemistry that are approved by the American Chemical Society. There are few programs specifically in materials science, but the number of programs is gradually increasing. Some colleges offer materials science as a specialization within their chemistry programs, and some engineering schools offer degrees in the joint field of materials science and engineering. High school students can prepare for college coursework by taking chemistry, math, and computer science classes.

Undergraduate chemistry majors typically are required to take courses in analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. In addition to chemistry coursework, they take classes in mathematics, biological sciences, and physics. Computer science courses are essential, because chemists and materials scientists need computer skills to perform modeling and simulation tasks, manage and manipulate databases, and operate computerized laboratory equipment.

Laboratory experience, either at a college or university, or through internships, fellowships, or work–study programs in industry, is also useful.

Graduate students studying chemistry commonly specialize in a subfield, such as analytical chemistry or inorganic chemistry. For example, those interested in doing research in the pharmaceutical industry usually develop a strong background in medicinal or organic chemistry.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Chemists and materials scientists carry out scientific experiments and studies. They must be precise and accurate in their analyses, because errors could invalidate their research.

Communication skills. Chemists and materials scientists need to communicate with team members and other scientists. They must be able to read and write technical reports and give presentations.

Critical-thinking skills. Chemists and materials scientists carefully evaluate their own work and the work of others. They must determine if results and conclusions are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Chemists and materials scientists typically work on interdisciplinary research teams and need to work well with others toward a common goal. Many serve as team leaders and must be able to motivate and direct other team members.

Math skills. Chemists and materials scientists regularly use complex mathematical equations and formulas, and they need a broad understanding of mathematics, including calculus, algebra, and statistics.

Organizational skills. Chemists and materials scientists need to document processes carefully in order to conform to regulations and industry procedures. Disorganization in the workplace can lead to legal problems, damage to equipment, and chemical spills.

Perseverance. Scientific research involves substantial trial and error, and chemists and materials scientists must not become discouraged in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Chemists and materials scientists research and develop new and improved chemical products, processes, and materials. This work requires a great deal of trial and error on the part of chemists and materials scientists before a unique solution is found.

Time-management skills. Chemists and materials scientists usually need to meet deadlines when conducting research. They must be able to manage time and prioritize tasks efficiently while maintaining their quality of work.


Chemists typically receive greater responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Greater responsibility also is gained through further education. Ph.D. chemists usually lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects, but even Ph.D. holders have room to advance as they gain experience. As chemists become more proficient in managing research projects, they may take on larger, more complicated, and more expensive projects.

Some chemists and materials scientists become natural sciences managers.

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Languages Spoken

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  • Marathi

  • Hindi

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Real Manufacturing Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
CMC Scientist/Cell Manufacturing Liaison Adaptimmune Philadelphia, PA Jun 15, 2016 $142,688
Manufacturing Scientist I Medimmune, LLC Frederick, MD Jul 08, 2015 $100,625
Cell Manufacturing Liaison/Cmc Scientist Adaptimmune LLC Philadelphia, PA Sep 23, 2014 $100,000
Cell Manufacturing Liaison/Cmc Scientist Adaptimmune LLC Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2014 $100,000
Polymer Manufacturing Scientist Structured Polymers Inc. Austin, TX Feb 08, 2015 $93,644
Scientist 1, Manufacturing Sciences Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. Novato, CA Aug 22, 2011 $93,000 -
Manufacturing Scientist Ascent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Central Islip, NY Sep 21, 2016 $89,500
Manufacturing Scientist Lumileds Lighting LLC San Jose, CA Jun 25, 2012 $89,400 -
Manufacturing Scientist Sciegen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Feb 25, 2016 $86,000
Manufacturing Scientist Invagen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Jan 13, 2015 $82,000
Manufacturing Scientist I Aesculap Biologics, LLC Breinigsville, PA Oct 01, 2015 $79,019 -
Scientist III, Manufacturing Sciences Life Technologies Corporation Pleasanton, CA Jul 29, 2015 $77,293 -
Manufacturing Scientist III Millipore Corporation Temecula, CA Aug 16, 2010 $73,500
Scientist III, Manufacturing Sciences Life Technologies Corporation Pleasanton, CA Jul 09, 2016 $73,100 -
Manufacturing Scientist II Qiagen Sciences, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Sep 02, 2011 $61,338
Manufacturing Scientist II Millipore Corporation Temecula, CA Jul 15, 2009 $59,186
Manufacturing Scientist II Millipore Corporation Temecula, CA Jul 27, 2009 $59,186
Senior Manufacturing Scientist ENZO Life Sciences, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Aug 14, 2013 $57,801
Senior Manufacturing Scientist ENZO Life Sciences, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Aug 28, 2013 $57,801

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Scientist


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Top Manufacturing Scientist Skills

  1. New Procedures
  2. Flowcellect Cytochrome
  3. New Raw Materials
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented new procedures that improve productivity and yield: enhanced productivity of various conjugates by 30% to 50%.
  • Maintain accurate manufacturing batch records and completed all inventory and production control transaction in a timely manner
  • Develop, manufacture and QC release of custom products for infectious disease used for assay development by major diagnostic assay manufacturers.
  • Executed bacterial fermentation, protein purification, enzyme activity and QC testing.
  • Managed teams including engineers and engineering technicians.

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