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RESEARCH SPECIALIST D, PROCESS DEVELOPMENT

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-27304
Posted Job Title RESEARCH SPECIALIST D, PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org DM-Gene Therapy Program
Posted to the Web 11/10/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 027
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8:00 - 5:00
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education. http://www.med.upenn.edu/

Duties

The Gene Therapy Program (GTP) is entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases.

The laboratory of Dr. Jim Wilson, at GTP of the University of Pennsylvania has been a leader in the development of innovative vector technology for close to three decades. We have emerged as the ‘go-to’ organization for public and private partners, who want to participate in the gene therapy space. Currently we are positioned to lead another round of vector innovation and establish pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic applications of in-vivo genome editing.

Our Vector Core is a state-of-the-art facility which provides vector-related materials and services in support of basic and translational research worldwide, producing vectors in support of IND-enabling research, conduct GLP assays, oversee CMO’s in vector production and is expanding to conduct state-of-the art process development.

Due to significant growth, the Vector Core is looking for a new, Research Specialist, Process Development (RSPD) to design, optimization, and scale-up of mammalian cell culture processes from laboratory to 1,000L scale.

As an RSPD, you will apply engineering and biological expertise to develop and optimize novel cell culture processes suitable for cGMP manufacturing. You will perform upstream cell culture activities ranging from cell seeding, media development and optimization, cell line development, and bioreactor operation. You will investigate and compare scalable AAV production systems, perform laboratory experiments including process validation, process range, process robustness, and troubleshooting studies. You will be involved in the development of in-process assays to monitor product quality and potency. This position offers the opportunity to interface internally with diverse functional areas. You will mentor new research staff within the Process Development group.

You will work both independently and as part of a team to accomplish project goals within specified timelines and will participate in technology transfer processes both to internal production groups and contracted manufacturers. You will be responsible for writing/reviewing batch records, SOPs, and process validation documents. You will serve as author/reviewer for relevant CMC sections of regulatory submissions, and ensure that all reports are completed in a timely fashion.

Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Biochemical/Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, or related disciplines and 3 to 5 years of relevant experience , or an equivalent combination of education and experience, are required.
Experience should be in the biotechnology space, focused on design, optimization and scale-up of cell culture processes .
Must have strong technical experience with upstream cell culture manufacturing, involving cell seeding, media development, media optimization, cell line development, and bioreactor operations.
Direct experience with mammalian cell culture process development and process transfer for clinical or commercial manufacturing of biopharmaceutical product is highly preferred.
Must be highly motivated, have excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
Must be able to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Quick Link http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/32701

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Applicant Documents

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