Supervisor, Quality Control (Microbiology Technical Support)

AveXis Inc.
Libertyville, IL, US
Jan 10, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical and commercial settings 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 (ZOLGENSMA®). We are in the midst 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.

AveXis is seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as a Quality Control (QC) Supervisor Microbiology Technical Support. This position will work with the Quality Control team in supporting our efforts in this exciting new area of gene therapy and be responsible for providing technical support to QC and Manufacturing.


  • Manage the transfer and provide technical oversight of Microbiological methods from Development to QC (validation of methods and tech transfer of methods, including comparability).
  • Establish user requirements for purchase and qualification of QC equipment and work with internal and external resources to maintain equipment in an optimal state.
  • Develop, revise and review SOPs, qualification/validation protocols and reports.
  • Conduct investigations regarding out of specification (OOS) results and address and manage deviations related to micro procedures.
  • Monitor the GMP systems currently in place to ensure compliance with documented policies.
  • Review proposed changes to systems, procedures, methods, and submissions to regulatory agencies, as appropriate.
  • Oversee the gowning training and certification program.
  • Gather metrics and data for use in continuous improvement of areas of responsibility.
  • Train staff on technical concepts and methods.
  • Review laboratory data.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in Microbiology or related discipline.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience as a group lead or Supervisor.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience working in a GMP QC Microbiology laboratory, preferably in an aseptic processing facility. A minimum of 3 years of experience with method and equipment validation within the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry.
  • The incumbent will need to have the ability to gown for entry into Aseptic core and supporting areas and lift approximately 25 pounds.
  • Must be well versed in various microbiological techniques including rapid release methods (Bac-T, PTS, MCS), and qualifying environmental monitoring processes with reference to cell and gene therapy products.
  • Strong knowledge of Environmental Monitoring equipment, requirements and tests (viable and non-viable), Aseptic Process Validation, Microbial Identification, and other applicable methods to the testing of biopharmaceuticals.
  • Working knowledge of quality systems and regulatory requirements (21 CRF Part 11/210/211/1271, ISO 14644-1, USP, EP).
  • Experience in performing risk assessments.
  • Strong knowledge of Quality Control processes, GMPs, and Microbiological method validation.
  • Extensive experience in conducting laboratory and environmental excursion investigations.
  • Strong knowledge of Equipment IQ/OQ/PQ.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other applications.
  • Ability to communicate and work independently with scientific/technical personnel.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description.
  • Ability to think critically and demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing projects.
  • Experience drafting qualification/validation protocols and reports. Experience executing equipment and method qualifications independently.
  • Experience with supporting or leading an aseptic gowning certification program.
  • Prior experience training (both classroom and on the job).

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.