Upstream Biomanufacturing Engineer

Join BIOMILQ, a women-owned, mother-centered, and science-led start-up based in Raleigh-Durham, NC to unlock human potential with breakthrough mammary technology!

Passionate about global nutrition and human health? Worried about the effects on our climate due to animal agriculture? Ready to put your technical skills to create positive change in the world?

Us too!

We are looking for a cell-culture bioengineer to join our team in Research Triangle Park, NC!

You are a technical ninja

  • You feel comfortable preparing cell culture media and aseptically maintaining mammalian cells in a 3D system on a daily basis in laboratory and production settings
  • You have conducted experimental research or project design involving at least one or more of the following: 2D & 3D cell culture, biological and biochemical assays, statistical analysis for process control, coding for life sciences, biomanufacturing scale-up, bioprocessing
  • You are comfortable performing critical analyses and interpreting data for actionable decision-making that impacts the greater company
  • You champion organization of data and insights from our process, and are able to bring rigor to the assessment of our experimentation and production to adjust variables for better results
  • Optimization of process and flow is in your nature
  • You are a meticulous record-keeper and sponge of team knowledge
  • Your voice is valued and you actively engage in regular scientific and broader all-hands team meetings 

You love tackling challenging problems with a team

  • You believe in our mission of working towards better infant nutrition, women's health, and sustainability
  • As a conscientious teammate you're curious to learn from co-workers and share your personal passions
  • You enjoy working collaboratively with a broad and diverse team and stepping outside of your comfort zone
  • You're naturally inclined to think critically and creatively to work through murky problems
  • Ambiguity is your jam and you're able to strive ahead without direction
  • You hold yourself and others to the utmost ethical standards in all scientific and professional endeavors

Qualifications & Preferred Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or life sciences + 3 years hands-on manufacturing bio-engineering experience or Master’s Degree in life-sciences engineering field or similar + 2 years work-experience
  • Background knowledge of cell physiology and behavior, including cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, signaling cascades, intracellular transport, and polarization 
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience in one or more of the following areas: mammalian cell culture, bioreactor operation, bioreactor process development, and bioreactor data analysis
  • Prior knowledge or experience with depth filtration, TFF, precipitation, cell culture and bioreactor systems for mammalian protein production, and media development/screening
  • Familiarity with the production of monoclonal antibodies and the related bioreactors and upstream processing equipment
  • Experience/familiarity with cGMP process equipment and operations such as cell culture, bioreactors, filtration, chromatography, autoclaves, incubators, etc.
  • Experience working at bench-top bioreactor scale and comfort with sterilization and sanitation of bioreactor materials
  • Ability to troubleshoot manufacturing issues when operating a bioreactor


  • Experience sourcing, installing, and qualifying capital equipment for bioprocessing
  • Knowledge of recombinant DNA technology, biological assays, and light microscopy 
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture and cell line generation, preferred with adherent cell types, including primary tissue processing and cell immortalization, selection, and screening based on desired characteristics
  • Experience with biochemistry techniques, including lysate preparation, electrophoresis, Western blotting, and 'metabolomic' analyses; enzymatic or immunological assays such as ELISA; biological specimen preparation, including histological sectioning, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, wide field and confocal microscopy, flow cytometry and cell sorting
  • Exposure to molecular biology methodologies, including PCR, Sanger sequencing and NGS, gene expression analysis, library screening, vector design, and genetic transduction


Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Workplace & culture

As a female-led company based in Durham, NC we are cognizant of building a culture where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work everyday. We 'cell'ebrate our daily wins and fails, we enjoy flexible hours, and we feel motivated by our mission. We hope you're excited to come and work to change the world with us!

Already working at BIOMILQ?

Let’s recruit together and find your next colleague.


Applicant tracking system by Teamtailor