Research Associate II, Analytical Development - BioAssay

San Diego, CA, US
Jul 30, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Imagine\u2026 2 weeks after the birth of your child you realize they aren't meeting critical developmental milestones and after months of doctor's appointments you are told your baby has a rare neurological disease that would impact how they would live their lives. This is the reality of parents whose children have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and it's the reason why we at Novartis Gene Therapies are laser focused on bringing hope and possibility to those devastated by rare genetic diseases.

The Research Associate II, Analytical Development - BioAssay, performs routine testing and to develop Bioassays suitable for lot disposition and characterization of gene therapy drug products and substances.

  • Performs a wide variety of laboratory tasks and experiments.
  • May make detailed observations, analyze data and interpret results.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment and inventory levels for laboratory supplies.
  • May write experimental reports, summaries and protocols.
  • May also be responsible for media and critical sulution preparation in the research and development area, including experiments as required and outlined.
  • May also develop and maintain record keeping for experiments performed.
  • Performs limited troubleshooting and calibration of instruments.
  • Under supervision, develop, optimize and qualify Bioassays suitable for gene therapy characterization, lot release and stability monitoring, may participate in assay transfer to QC department
  • Performs routine sample testing and data analysis with existing analytical methods in support of regulatory filings and manufacturing process development and validation
  • Identifies lab needs/improvements and provides suggestions
  • Other related job duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering or related scientific discipline with 2 years research experience in area or 4 years of equivalent education/experience may be accepted.
  • Moderate understanding and working knowledge of Cell Biology, protein and DNA chemistry.
  • Moderate understanding and working experience with cell-based assays as well as other plate-based assays using variety of platforms including but not limited to ELISA, MSD, high-content imaging and luminescent/fluorescent plate reader.
  • Quick learner, highly motivated, hard-working and detail oriented. Strong ability to work in a fast-paced team environment with highly goal-oriented approaches and to prioritize work from multiple projects with can-do attitude is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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

Why Novartis?

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we're proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people's lives. We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world's toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying! Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

Novartis Gene Therapies Benefit Summary:

Annual bonus, long term incentive, health insurance, paid vacation/holidays, potential flexible working arrangements (based on role) and an employee recognition program are available for this position, among many other benefits provided to employees of Novartis Gene Therapies.

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.