Associate Scientist II, Vector Analytics

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 26, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
bluebird bio is developing potentially transformative, one-time gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases. At the heart of bluebird bio's product creation efforts is its broadly applicable gene therapy platform for the development of new treatments for diseases with few or no clinical options. bluebird bio has two clinical stage product candidates in development, one for childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD) and one for beta-thalassemia major/sickle cell disease, and an early stage oncology program in partnership with Celgene Corporation.

Join bluebird bio's enthusiastic and collaborative team by contributing to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approach. The focus of this position is to provide support for the characterization of lentiviral vector. We are looking for an innovative scientist with the breadth of experience and drive to implement our vision for this function.

About the position:
  • Support the development of analytical assays for biochemical and biophysical characterization of lentiviral vectors, plasmids, and residual impurity analysis.
  • Generate, manage, evaluate, and maintain critical data in a highly organized manner, providing statistical analysis and troubleshooting where appropriate.
  • Support assay qualification and validation activities and interact with CMOs and other vendors, as required.
  • Cross-functional and highly visible position, requires active collaboration with the vector process development, research and quality teams.
  • Participate in generation and life cycle management of critical reagents and development of host cell protein impurity assay for broad range of severe genetic disease and cancer therapeutics for gene therapy and gene editing programs.
  • Assist in the generation, review and approval of technical reports and prepare scientific presentations, as needed.
  • Participate in general lab maintenance, maintain accurate and reliable record-keeping following good documentation practices.
  • Support analytical sections of regulatory filings for US, Europe and ROW.

About you:
  • BS/ MS in biochemistry or related majors with 4+ years (BS) or 1+ years (MS) of relevant experience in industry.
  • Hands-on experience with a wide range of protein conjugation, purification, characterization, and immunoassays using techniques like HPLC, ELISA, gel electrophoresis, cIEF etc. is required.
  • Experience with MS, proteomics, and related analytical methods is preferred.
  • Experience with qualifying and validating assays and an understanding of ICH/ FDA guidelines is preferred.
  • Prior experience of working with either lentiviral vectors or virus-like particles is preferred.
  • Experience in working with external vendors/ CROs is a plus.
  • Excellent organization skills, sufficient to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities. Must be able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Understanding of statistical tools, such as DoE, Prism etc. will be a plus.
  • Superb communications-both written and oral skills and "do-what-it-takes" attitude.
  • Independently motivated, detail oriented and good problem-solving ability.
  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself.

This is an exciting time to join the field of gene therapy in general, and to specifically become a part of the bluebird bio team. bluebird bio is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and trades under the symbol BLUE. We were recently named to the 50 Smartest Companies 2017, MIT Technology Review, and won #6 in the Large Company category at the Boston Business Journal's Best Places to Work. We offer a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative, colorful, and scientifically rigorous environment, with all the fun and passion that a start-up provides, plus an excellent benefits package that includes stock options, commuter/parking benefit, etc.

bluebird bio will only accept job applications from candidates who are properly documented with authorization to work in the United States.

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