The Cell Process Team is seeking a talented, diligent, and collaborative scientist to lead cell expansion process activities for the advancement of our best-in-class CAR-NK Cell Therapies for Oncology and other diseases. Cell Process works to ingeniously solve the challenges associated with the allogeneic manufacture of CAR-NK cell therapies including cell isolation/enrichment; cell engineering and gene editing; and cell expansion. They will be responsible for the design of a clinical-scale bioreactor process design for the expansion of clinical CAR-NK candidates, design and execution of cell-based assays for in-process characterization, and technical process transfer to internal and external manufacturing sites in support of Phase 1 clinical activities.
The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and technically competent process development scientist or engineer with hands-on experience in bioreactor design and control, who is excited to join a small, fast-paced team with a “can-do” attitude to drive forward our new cell therapy platform. This is a unique opportunity to realize the promise of allogeneic cell therapy manufacturing paradigms and bring the TAILWIND platform to life at a clinical scale.
- Plan and execute experiments independently and collaboratively in cross-functional teams, to drive bioprocess development for CAR-NK cell therapies
- Perform in-depth analyses of cell biology and functions using a variety of cell-based assays and analytical methods
- Analyze and interpret data, and scale-up bioprocesses to support company-wide activities including cell engineering research and cell production
- Meticulously maintain records, generate reports, records, and documents for IP and regulatory filings
- Present results to scientific team and management as well as external meetings
- Actively contribute to building a positive, team-oriented, startup biotech culture; participate in the active exchange and challenge of scientific ideas
Education, Experience, and Qualifications
- Bachelors degree + 4 years of experience, Master’s degree + 2 years of experience, or Ph.D. in chemical engineering, immunology, biology, synthetic biology, chemical biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, bioengineering, or equivalent/related disciplines
- Excellent understanding and technical skills with demonstrated experiences (academia or industry) in bioreactor design and control, scale-up parameters, scale-down models, and other experience in cell process development, process analytics, and immune cell assays
- Demonstrated experiences in working with bench-scale (2-20L) or clinical-scale (20L+) bioreactor systems bioreactor modeling, scale-up, scale-down, is highly preferred
- Excellent communication and presentation skills, capable of conveying complex biological data to non-experts
- Attention to detail and demonstrated ability in multi-tasking and thriving in teams with diverse technical expertise
- Experience in NK cells, electroporation, and transposon systems a plus
- Experience in directly or indirectly leading or managing teams is a plus
- Experience in publishing and/or presenting in public scientific forums (papers, posters, conference talks) is a plus
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