Biotechnologist Advisor

Clearance Level
Frederick, Maryland

REQ#: RQ86193

Travel Required: Less than 10%
Public Trust: None
Requisition Type: Regular

DynPort Vaccine Co LLC, a GDIT company, is seeking a Technical Development Manager.  This individual will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the technical development of DVCs recombinant vaccine, with the objective of achieving FDA licensure using the US FDAs Animal Rule.  The project is funded through a U.S. government contract, so the Technical Development Manager will work with a program management team that has responsibility for the overall program cost, schedule and contract performance aspects.

DVC was selected as the 2017 Best Place to Work among large employers in Frederick County, Maryland (See  In receiving the award, it was recognized that DVC treats our staff with fairness, maintains a great business culture, and finds special ways to enhance the overall work experience.  At DVC, performance—with work/life balance—is the norm. 

The successful candidate becomes an important champion for this extraordinary company culture and will have the opportunity to make substantial contributions toward the development of vaccines and therapeutics that will protect civilians and dedicated Armed Forces men and women.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the technical lead of a highly energetic, matrixed team comprising manufacturing, nonclinical, clinical and regulatory experts.   

  • Translates the clients technical requirements into a technical development strategy, achieving a balance between technical considerations and, through the Program Manager, the risks and impact on program cost and schedule. 

  • Responsible for effective problem-solving of technical issues and for accurate and timely communication to senior management and to clients.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Masters degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Masters degree with 15 or more years job experience and degree in one or more of the following research areas: manufacturing, biotechnology, virology, immunology, chemistry, bacteriology, molecular biology, toxicology, medicine, nursing or related field

  • PhD preferred

  • Ph.D with ten or more years of experience in conducting product development or research (manufacturing, analytical, nonclinical or clinical) experience in the biotechnology field

  • Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) research experience developing biotechnology products or industry experience preferred

  • Ten or more years CGMP or GCP experience for manufacturing/analytical and clinical differentiators

  • Project management certification preferred

  • Five or more years project management experience with pharmaceutical company in manufacturing, clinical or nonclinical departments

Other Qualifications:

  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of matrixed teams and working groups  

  • Must demonstrate flexibility and an ability to manage strategy within a matrixed organization, clearly identifying and distinguishing need to know scientific objectives 

  • Creative problem solving skills and an ability to apply those skills to development of a vaccine are essential 

  • Minimum of five years of experience managing product development of a vaccine, with clearly defined goals and successful progress is essential.  Late-stage product development experience and/or a background in manufacturing are highly preferred 

  • Must demonstrate technical competence in a relevant scientific area, with preference given to candidates with a strong knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines 

  • Candidate must have demonstrated experience managing senior level scientists.  Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience managing doctoral level personnel 

  • Candidate must have strong team-building and interpersonal skills as well as strong oral and written communication skills 

  • Doctorate (PhD) preferred, with a minimum of ten years of experience beyond a postdoctoral fellowship

  • Must demonstrate strong technical training in manufacturing or validation of processes or assays

  • Specific knowledge of toxins, small molecules or Pichia expression systems is a plus

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


Autonomy, career mobility, challenging work, and team environment


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