Bioprocess Engineer – Pilot Process Development

San Diego, California
Mar 11, 2021
May 10, 2021
Field of specialization
Biological, Biotechnical, Engineering
Job Type
Full time

BlueNalu, Inc. is a fast-growing, San Diego-based company that is pioneering the production of
seafood products derived directly from fish cells. Using proprietary cell biology techniques and
engineering processes, BlueNalu’s platform technology can produce a wide array of valueadded
seafood products, that are healthy for people, humane for animals, and sustainable for
the planet. Our products will contain no mercury, microplastics or other contaminants, and do
not require genetic modification.
Position Description
At BlueNalu you will change the way healthy seafood is produced to be sustainable and
environmentally friendly. This position will focus on the development of new high-yield cell
culture systems and improvement of existing bioprocessing technologies towards large-scale
cellular aquaculture. Candidates must be highly skilled in bioreactor operation and associated
laboratory cell culture techniques, downstream processing techniques for cell recovery, control
system configuration, data acquisition, and maintenance.
 Evaluate new and existing bioprocess technologies, methods, and equipment with
emphasis on scale-up and optimization of cell culture.
 Serve as a team lead in executing and optimizing pilot-scale cell culture as well as
development and optimization of cell recovery systems.
 Lead technology transfer of optimal processes towards operations and pilot
manufacturing and assist in training of technical operators.
 Create design specifications for bioreactor and other processing equipment.
 Serve as a subject matter expert in current state-of-art pilot- and large-scale cell culture
processes and cell recovery systems.
 Create and follow Standard Operating Procedures and adhere to all safety and company
 Adoption of flexible schedules and some weekend work may be required to maintain
project timelines.
Required Skills
 Demonstrated expertise with scale-up of cell culture processes using bioreactor systems
as well as cell recovery systems.
 Efficient Design of Experiments (DOE) and statistical analysis of experimental and
characterization/validation data.
 Understanding of aseptic techniques and control of microbial contamination and
experience with working in GMP environment.
 Understanding of installation / commissioning / validation systems for bioreactors
 Experience with generation of process flow diagrams for manufacturing operations.
 Hands-on experience and mechanical aptitude for troubleshooting and maintaining
bioreactor hardware and control systems.
 Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and execute engineering projects and operations.
 Working knowledge of protocols and operations in GMP environment.
 Ability to summarize, interpret and review experimental data with adequate computer
skills for data acquisition, data management and visualization of experimental results.
 Attention to detail.
 Ability to work independently and as part of a team to achieve departmental goals.
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Qualifications & Experience
 BS or MS in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, or equivalent with 6+
years of experience.
 Experience with bioreactors and cell culture in a pilot processing environment is a must.
 Some proven supervisory experience is required.
Additional Information
BlueNalu, Inc. provides an attractive compensation and benefits package.
All applicants must be authorized to work in the US, and willing and able to work a flexible work
schedule to meet the needs of the Company. BlueNalu, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all
This is an excellent opportunity to join a small but quickly growing company where everybody’s
contribution is equally important. BlueNalu is seeking team players that are driven, focused,
creative, proactive and productive, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and
excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. We are also seeking team members that enjoy
and thrive in the atmosphere of a very fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, have a good
sense of humor, and are personally motivated to make a difference to humanity and our planet.
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