Associate Director - Gene Therapy Research

CSL Behring
Pasadena, California
Jan 25, 2022
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Job Description

Job Description Summary

Gene therapy specialist with high-level of scientific expertise in Gene Editing and people management. Responsible for the delivery of gene therapy candidates through a research project pipeline. The incumbent will work closely with the Director, Head of Gene Therapy Research and other CSL colleagues to set project objectives and to implement key scientific/technical strategies within the global CSL research organization. As Associate Director/Senior Principal Scientist, the incumbent will lead a dedicated team to achieve specified research project objectives within defined time parameters.


Technical Knowledge:

  • Provide expert and authoritative scientific advice to group / project team members in gene therapy technologies including genetics, gene editing, CRISPR systems, NGS technologies and translational research to advance gene therapy candidates toward clinical testing
  • Maintain high-level awareness of key scientific/technical strategies and innovative technological developments in Gene editing
  • Maintain and build CSL’s research profile within academic and industry contacts

Management & Leadership:

  • Provide leadership, technical know-how, support and motivation to relevant program/project teams.
  • Build commitment to program/project objectives and common goals, setting standards for self and others.
  • Be highly organized and capable of managing/pursuing multiple projects
  • Directly manage a team of up to 5 MS, PhD level scientists
  • Work to develop overall competency of team members, encouraging learning and development opportunities.
  • Contribute to an environment that fosters innovation and calculated risk-taking within the program/project team members.
  • Develop close working relationships with cross-functional departments and integrate key program/project team members in relevant expert area.
  • When required, lead and manage research projects as a “Project Scientific Coordinator (PSC)”.

Essential Qualifications/Experience:

  • PhD in Genetics or Molecular Biology, or related discipline with extensive experience in relevant industry and / or academic environments (essential).
  • Record of scientific excellence demonstrated by publication of scientific work and actual industry  project work experience (essential).
  • Extensive background in gene therapy technologies (including gene editing, non-viral gene delivery, and NGS) (essential). 
  • Experience with LVV/AAV/AV gene therapy platforms will be highly regarded.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, verbal, written).
  • Ability to influence without authority and inspire team members.

Job Environment

  • Position located at Pasadena
  • Travel domestic and internationally when required (15%)

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