Senior Scientist, Cell Therapy Process Development

Apr 06, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

We are seeking a talented and motivated individual to join the Upstream Process Development group as a Senior Scientist. This candidate will lead development of a production scale pluripotent stem cell-derived beta islet manufacturing process. The candidate will join an innovative multi-disciplinary team developing cell therapy manufacturing technologies to bring allogeneic PSC-derived beta cell therapies into clinical trials.

  • Develop scale down models of pluripotent stem cell expansion and differentiation, customize media, and develop, optimize, and characterize at-scale upstream and downstream processes.
  • Drive scientific advances in our understanding of PSC bioprocessing
  • Collaborate closely with beta cell research program and hypoimmune PSC development program. Advise both programs on CMC considerations.
  • Create and manage technical development plans tied to tangible and time-bound deliverables
  • Adapt process for GMP-ready manufacturing. Tech transfer processes to other Sana sites and external manufacturing organizations.
  • Lead and manage scientific team. Maintain a functioning cell therapy bioprocess lab.


Basic Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in scientific discipline w 5+ yrs experience in bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related field. BA or MS plus 8+ yrs or equivalent combination of education and work experience; Deep subject matter expertise and an emerging leader.
  • Strong knowledge of small scale process development, preferably in an allogeneic cell therapy industry context
  • Hands-on experience with stem cell culture and differentiation
  • Excellent communication, documentation, and presentation skills
  • The candidate should be a team player, highly organized and demonstrate curiosity and scientific rigor and excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to engage in crucial conversations - providing and receiving feedback

Preferred Qualifications
  • Hands-on experience with PSC biology, bioengineering, differentiation and process development
  • Hands-on experience with bioreactor unit operations at bench and pilot scale
  • Working knowledge of DoE methods for experimentation and statistical analysis
  • Direct, hands-on industrial experience with biologics, gene, and/or cell therapy process development, including ownership of key process decisions
  • Strong understanding of culture media development
  • Understanding of the data package and reports required to advance processes into clinical manufacturing
  • Motivated, curious, comfortable working with highly technical projects and personnel
  • Direct industrial experience managing projects
  • Direct prior industrial experience managing 1-2 direct reports


This is a lab-based role, with occasional weekend work. Some travel required including tech transfer and CMO-related travel.


Occasional lifting of bioreactors and media (up to approximately 20kg).

Lab work (standing)