Pfizer Sr. Associate Scientist, AAV Viral Prep in United States
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This position is to be managed through Bamboo Therapeutics as part of the Rare Disease Research Unit. The position will have interactions with multiple functional lines within the company including the Pharmacological Sciences.The Rare Diseases Research Unit (RDRU) of Pfizer is committed to the development of new therapies to address unmet medical needs of those individuals with rare and neglected diseases and to make a real impact on patient lives.
This is a really exciting time for Pfizer RDRU, which has recently established Bamboo Therapeutics in Chapel Hill, NC. Our laboratory is dedicated to the discovery and development of Gene Therapy based products and our commitment to rare disease research and to genetic medicine development is expected to be an area of tremendous growth in the coming years. Bamboo is fitted with state-of-the art laboratories and equipment, providing the perfect environment for cutting-edge science and exciting projects
This individual will be working closely with fellow R&;D scientists to manufacture research grade plasmid DNA and AAV viral vectors to support AAV candidate selection for future gene therapy applications.
This position offers a challenging and exciting opportunity for implementing and learning different microbial and mammalian cell culture techniques and to solve complex biological problems. It also brings a unique chance to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues across the world while developing and expanding your career. The ideal candidate is a highly talented and self-motivated individual with a strong scientific background.
The role will be part of a small, but expanding team, that will have the responsibility for manufacturing research grade AAV-based gene therapy vectors to support early product development and AAV candidate selection. The role will involve working with equipment necessary for small-scale production of various AAV vectors and DNA plasmids. The individual must be able to conduct work with a quality mindset.
Serve as a senior associate scientist for research grade DNA plasmid and AAV vector manufacturing who reports directly to the Senior Director overseeing multiple projects
Manufacturing of AAV or other viral vectors for the purpose of aiding in the AAV candidate selection process for gene therapy programs.
Manufacturing AAV vectors to support R&;D experimentation using shaker flasks, WAVE bioreactors, stir tank bioreactors, transfection, centrifugation, and chromatography techniques.
Manufacturing of plasmid DNA to support AAV manufacturing and cloning projects
Work with Senior Scientist and relevant teams to carry out project plans and meet timelines to support the early development of gene therapy programs
Ensure manufacturing supplies and reagents are available for use when needed
Must ensure detailed lab notebooks are part of daily activities
Education: BS, BA or MS with relevant laboratory experience or equivalent experience in Biological Sciences, Biochemical engineering or a related fields with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a similar capacity.
Extensive experience in AAV vector manufacturing is essential.
Extensive experience in the culture of mammalian cell lines and microbial cells either in adherent or suspension system is essential
Prior work with WAVE and stir tank bioreactors and downstream process equipment is essential
Prior experience in small scale cell culture is essential
Understanding CL2 safety requirements, practice of good sterile techniques, and prior work experience with viruses and mammalian cells including HEK293, is essential
Demonstrated history of successful troubleshooting and experimental design
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to assemble and communicate scientific data
Ensure high quality core support for projects.
Support internal and external collaboration, through direct interactions, data analysis, and work plan alignment.
Maintain laboratory in accordance with GLP-like practices.
Establish SOP's specific to the manufacturing job roles and activities to ensure consistency.
2-4 years of experience with a variety of basic molecular biology techniques, such as cloning, western blots/Elisa, assay development etc would be advantageous
Ability to develop and follow detailed SOPs
Additional Offer Details
Last Date to Apply for Job: October 16, 2017
Location: Durham, NC
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All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career that offers both individual and company success; be part of an ownership culture that values diversity and where all colleagues are energized and engaged; and the ability to impact the health and lives of millions of people. Pfizer, a global leader in the bio-pharmaceutical industry, is continuously seeking top talent who are inspired by our purpose to innovate to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives.
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