Sr Engineer, Manufacturing Science and Technology (Drug Product)

Employer
AveXis Inc.
Location
Libertyville, IL, US
Posted
Sep 07, 2018
Ref
2018-1216
Hotbed
BioMidwest
Required Education
Doctorate/PHD/MD
Position Type
Full time
Overview

Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical setting for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science to treat rare and life-threatening genetic diseases starting with our clinical-stage, proprietary gene therapy candidate, AVXS-101. We are at the beginning of an incredible journey, and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, Inc., a Novartis Company, is a clinical-stage gene therapy company, dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product candidate, AVXS-101, is our proprietary gene therapy product candidate currently in development for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, Type 1, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, and for the treatment of SMA Type 2. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has granted AVXS-101 Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of all types of SMA and Breakthrough Therapy Designation, as well as Fast Track Designation for the treatment of SMA Type 1. In addition to developing AVXS-101 to treat SMA Type 1 and Type 2, we also plan to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome (RTT) and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

The Senior Engineer is responsible for leading development and improvement activities for the Drug Product manufacturing processes used to manufacture AveXis gene therapy products at the Libertyville site. This individual will be responsible for the collection and interpretation of continued process verification data and collaboration with other departments on manufacturing related issues to drive resolution and process improvements.

Responsibilities

  • Serving as a scientific and technical lead for Drug Product process-related issues and investigations at the facility.
  • Partnering with manufacturing to meet the production schedule, ensure commercial supply and uphold quality standards.
  • Performing trending and monitoring of critical quality attributes/critical process parameters to maintain product quality and to control process drift.
  • Implementing potential process improvements in conjunction with operations.
  • Participating in start-up efforts of new equipment, software or processes in manufacturing.
  • Assisting in documenting changes/updates to manufacturing processes and working with manufacturing, engineering and validation to implement those changes.
  • Providing technical/scientific support on project deliverables, i.e. remediation initiatives, plan reports, etc.
  • Utilizing small-scale production processes and scaled-down lab processes to enable process troubleshooting, with the potential to oversee these experiments at external partners
  • Support tech transfer of new products and processes to ensure smooth transition from process development into GMP manufacturing
  • Look for opportunities to implement operational excellence and continuous improvement
  • Partner with Quality to ensure a compliant manufacturing environment
  • Assist the technical operations team to resolve any issues related to production
  • Completion of requisite training, as well as applicable policies and procedures, related to the job function is an expectation to support ongoing manufacturing support.


Qualifications

  • PhD in biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or related technical field. or M.S. degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or related technical field and at least 2 years of experience in support of biopharmaceutical manufacturing or B.S. degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or related technical field and at least 4 years of experience in support of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Preferred Experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in biopharmaceutical based GMP manufacturing operations including direct experience in cell culture, recovery, purification, aseptic fill/finish.
  • Familiar with global regulations on devices, drugs, validation/qualification requirements.
  • Strong technical writing ability.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead and participate on teams.

Up to 50% travel may be required

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.