Scientist I, Process Science - Downstream

San Diego, CA, US
Nov 20, 2020
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? Since 2013, Novartis Gene Therapies (formerly AveXis) has had one focus: bringing change to those devastated by genetic diseases.

The Novartis Gene Therapies culture embraces this mission. As a compassionate and dedicated team, we are enthusiastic about the science behind our work and finding answers to difficult questions. We are dedicated to communities affected by rare diseases, and these patients and families are the motivation for everything we do.

We have built a team with exceptional depth of experience, unified by a common vision; to develop gene therapies with the potential to positively impact the lives of the patients and families devastated by rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Though we are proud of what we have achieved to date, we remain relentlessly focused on making that vision a reality.

The Scientist I, Process Science - Downstream, is responsible for designing and executing gene therapy downstream process development experiments, as well as performing downstream process operations at both small scale and large scale to support pipeline research and pre-clinical studies.

  • Designs and executes gene therapy downstream process development studies.
  • Performs experiments at both large-scale and small-scale to support pre-clinical, clinical and commercial programs.
  • Stays current with the latest scientific and engineering developments in the field.
  • Leverage strong understanding of biologics downstream process to evaluate and introduce new technologies.
  • Applies a variety of purification techniques within the confines of regulatory parameters.
  • Analyzes and interprets experimental data from process studies with strong statistical mindset. Makes decisions based on statistically sound conclusions.
  • Authors technical reports and presents results of development studies both internally and externally.
  • Manages development study projects and mentors junior team members.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional groups to coordinate studies.
  • Other related job duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's in biological sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, or related field or related technical field with 4 years relevant experience or Master's with 2 or PHD with 0.
  • Experience with a variety of biopharmaceutical purification processes such as chromatographic separation, depth filtration, precipitation and flocculation, tangential flow filtration, adventitious viral clearance, ultracentrifugation, and impurity clearance.
  • Proficient in statistical analysis principles and approaches. Working knowledge and experience with Design of Experiment (DoE).
  • Ability to analyze data to make date-driven decisions and further progress development strategies.
  • Innovative with a continuous improvement mindset
  • Excellent team player with good communication skills
  • Knowledge of viral gene therapy and previous experience with AAV process development is preferred.
  • Previous experience of project management is preferred.
  • Up to 10% travel.

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.

Novartis Gene Therapies 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.