Associate Scientist (QC Testing/PCR, ELISA) – RTP Gene Therapy/Contract to Start

Job Type: 
Life Sciences
Clinical Research and Development
Scientific Research and Lab Operations
Safety and Phamacovigilance
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Data Management, Biostatistics and Programming
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Our client, an RTP area biopharma that is developing cutting edge therapies for the treatment of rare genetic diseases and cancers with a strong genetic component, is actively recruiting for a skilled and can-do candidate to join its R&D team.

This Scientist will be part of the CMC Analytical team and be responsible for running routine tests in support of the optimization of GMP processes.  We seek a candidate who enjoys lab work and who will diligently and impeccably conduct and document their work.  Experience with PCR, ELISA and similar techniques in a cGMP-regulated setting will be important.

Other Things to Note:

  • This position will begin as a 6-month contract, with potential for extension and/or long-term hire. This position will be on-site at its Raleigh lab.
  • Role will involve executing assay and testing activities of AAV-based gene therapies to enable their cGMP production and release. QC experience in a cGMP setting will be important.
  • Although industry experience in gene therapy is preferred, client will also consider top recent grads with some knowledge (through internships) of QC/GMP testing.
  • This is an emerging environment with a pitch-in-where-you-can culture.  Seek flexible and versatile candidate who enjoys a collaborative, high energy, low drama setting.

The position will involve sample analysis in support of the optimization and development of cGMP processes for the manufacture of AAV-based gene therapies as well as assisting in the development of new assays and techniques to further define and assess their gene therapy vectors. 

Selected Responsibilities:

  • Perform routine experiments: qPCR, ddPCR, SDS-PAGE and ELISA.
  • Assist with data acquisition and data analysis.
  • Generate timely analytical test results regarding the quality attributes of both in-process and final drug substance materials.
  • Contribute to technical reports, work instructions, standard operating procedures, and qualification/validation protocols. 
  • Support laboratory operations including instrument maintenance and supplies management.   
  • Ensure all experimental procedures and documentation are compliant with highest quality and regulatory standards.
  • Document experimental data, results, and conclusions in an electronic laboratory notebook.

Targeted candidate will offer a BS/MS scientific degree and 1+ years of experience with QC testing in a cGMP-regulated setting.

Other priorities include:

  • Experience and working knowledge with some or most of the following assays: ELISA, qPCR/ddPCR, Spectrophotometry, Gel Electrophoresis
  • Ability to troubleshoot instrumentation and analytical test methods
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Finally, we seek a sharp and focused team player who is level-headed, reliable and eager to contribute to the shared goals. There is a lot happening and priorities shift daily.  We seek a self-motivated and get-things-done candidate who will thrive.

This is an immediate need.  Please forward Word resume for prompt consideration. Local candidates only.