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Scientist I - Cell Therapy Process Development

Junction City, KS 66442

Posted: 02/27/2023 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Manufacturing Job Number: 3506

Job Description

This position serves as one of the cell culture scientists within the Cell Culture Product Development team. The role requires strong mammalian cell biology and molecular biotechnology aptitude, particularly related to cell therapy processes including T cells, NK cells, HEK293, VERO, iPSC or similar cell types. A successful candidate must have practical experience working in a commercial setting where adaptability to changing priorities is required. In addition, attention to budgets, timelines, and critical path planning are required for success.

The candidate will work closely with other scientists in cell therapy product development. The position reports to the Vice President, Product Development.

Essential Responsibilities
  • Develop and assess recombinant components and excipients for cell therapy products.
  • Demonstrate basic laboratory skills to propagate and maintain various continuous and primary cell lines.
  • Perform routine functional (cell-based) assays on product.
  • Run and report results from cell expansion in flasks and in bioreactors.
  • Stay current with scientific advancements in cell culture, CAR T, Cell Therapy, Gene Therapy and and biotechnology. Provide expertise for applications of products into customer workflows during customer meetings (TEAMS and on-site) in collaboration with ProApps Account Owners.
  • Present benefits and utility of products at trade shows.
  • Publish journal articles and develop posters for content generation that drives new leads.
  • Develop and perform analysis using standard molecular biology and biochemistry methods including PCR, ddPCR, Flow Cytometry, ELISA, and other immunohistochemistry methods.
  • Oversee the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of key technologies and instruments for cell line development and characterization.
  • Compile in process data to identify trends and assist in troubleshooting to resolve any problems.
  • Maintain a high degree of laboratory and quality standards to ensure strong product quality, documentation, and a safe work environment.
  • Assist with laboratory support work such as: routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment, raw material stocking, simple SOP or protocol updates, etc.
  • Analyze and interpret data, prepare cogent data summaries, and communicate results to team members.
  • Be highly motivated, highly organized and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comply with all safety training and good laboratory practices.
  • Design and guide complex experiments and projects using a wide application of complex principles, theories, and concepts.
  • Comply with all company policies.

  • Strong desire to make a positive impact
  • Positive, can-do attitude.
  • Cares more and works harder than others
  • A Ph.D. Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Virology or related field is preferred. A BS with 5+ years of lab experience in a commercial organization is also acceptable. Example labs would include: Thermo-Fisher (Frederick, MD), Novartis (Illinois/Colorado), Athersys, Gilead (Kite), Atara Therapeutics, Spark Therapeutics, or similar company.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office 365 suite of products, including Outlook, Sharepoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with statistical analysis or optimization software to develop and execute using a design of experiments approach.
  • Experience presenting technical information to large groups.
  • A right to work in the USA without sponsorship.
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