Process Engineer, Cell Therapy

South San Francisco, CA
May 09, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

About the role

Sana Biotechnology is growing, and we are hiring new team members who believe in the potential of engineered cells as medicines, who want to challenge status quo, and who lead with the desire to work on novel ideas. As a Process Engineer, you will develop novel allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR T) cell manufacturing processes and report to the Sr. Director of Cell Therapy Process Development. You will lead the design of multiple unit operations including cell isolation, expansion, lentiviral transduction, gene editing, and harvest/formulation. You will collaborate with diverse teams including Analytical Development, Research, and Technical Sciences.

What you'll do

  • Draft development plans, design, and execute small- and large-scale cell therapy experiments across multiple unit operations including cell isolation, expansion, gene editing, harvest, and formulation
  • Analyze data, present conclusions, and propose process design recommendations to a diverse group
  • Draft technical documents including reports, operating procedures, master batch records, and bioreactor recipes
  • Document all experimental work in an electronic laboratory notebook
  • Demonstrate curiosity and apply scientific rigor to solve cell therapy process challenges

What we're looking for

  • BSc. in Chemical, Biological, or Biomedical Engineering plus 4 yrs or MSc plus 2 yrs or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • >2 years of experience with mammalian cell culture
  • Excellent aseptic cell culture technique and good scientific method
  • Experience summarizing data and drafting technical reports

What will separate you from the crowd

  • You contributed to the design of a clinical cell therapy manufacturing process including:
    • Cell isolation
    • T cell culture
    • Viral and non-viral gene editing methods
    • Cell washing and harvesting
  • You have knowledge of immunology with focus on T cells
  • You understand statistical Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • You participated in tech transfers to external partners
  • You operated small to mid-scale bioreactors (ambr 15, stirred tank and rocking motion bioreactors) including drafting recipes
  • You performed cell counts with automated cell counters and spent media analysis
What you should know
  • This role includes handling of human blood products from healthy donors
  • Some weekend work
  • Approximately 50% of your time spent in a laboratory environment
  • Working safely in person on a predictable and regular in-person basis is an essential job function for this position, and the Company requires that all individuals working in-person be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including receipt of a vaccine booster shot if recommended by the CDC

How we work together

  • Lead from every seat – we seek to understand, act with honesty, and engage in the crucial conversations
  • Thrive as a team – we hire amazing people, are intensely curious, and cultivate inclusion and personal connectivity
  • Make it happen – we value vigorous debate, alignment around our decisions, and resilient execution

Get to know us

At Sana, we believe that a diverse workforce strengthens us as a company and helps us to achieve our mission to meaningfully change the outcome of many human diseases. This belief is a pillar of our business and is critical to our success. Our goal is that Sana is the place for talented people to bring their authentic selves to work, to have a great career and to deeply, positively impact patients.

Core to our values, we believe there is nothing more important than the health and wellness of you and your family. For benefit eligible employees, we cover 100% of the cost for employee health coverage and offer generous time-off, parental leave, short- and long-term disability, employer paid basic life insurance,  additional voluntary life insurance protection, financial wellness programs including financial planning resources, a 401(k) Plan with an immediately vested employer match, Tuition Reimbursement and Student Loan Repayment, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, commuter subsidy and a variety of wellness offerings to support each person individually.

We are committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental or sensory disability (including the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability), genetic information, actual or perceived HIV or Hepatitis C infection, medical condition (cancer or a record or history of cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, veteran status, political ideology, social class (including caste/caste identity), taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each job responsibility satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions described above.