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Associate Director/Director - Cell & Gene Therapy at AstraZeneca

Associate Director/Director - Cell & Gene Therapy

AstraZeneca Gaithersburg, MD (On Site) Full-Time

Associate Director/Director - Cell & Gene TherapyDo you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the place for you!At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you're our kind of person.

About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you'll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.


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The Cell Culture and Fermentation Sciences Group is accountable for cell line development, process development, and process characterization activities associated with clinical and commercial manufacturing processes. This group assists in the development, scale up, and technical transfer of processes to different manufacturing sites and also supports manufacturing deviations and regulatory submissions as needed.

Main Duties &


This position within Cell Culture and Fermentation Sciences group would involve developing processes suited for clinical and commercial manufacture of non-oncology cell therapy products based on immune cells from donors or those derived from pluripotent cell lines. The candidate will have expertise in immune cell biology, gene editing, pluripotent cells, or bioprocessing relevant to allogeneic therapies. The candidate should be well conversed in principles related to hypoimmunogenicity and kill switches as they related to development of allogeneic cellular products. The candidate is expected to design, optimize, characterize, and immune-cell/pluripotent cell culture processes. The candidate will be involved in developing a manufacturing ready cell culture platform that can be scaled up consistently across scales. The candidate will lead the evaluation/development of bioreactor platforms as well as different media for growing native or edited immune cells such as cytotoxic T cells or Treg cells. Finally, the work will involve understanding how different nutritional, mechanical, and hydrodynamic parameters may affect the cell fate of immune cells. The candidate should have sound knowledge of immune-cell/mammalian cell biology and genome engineering approaches and apply the relevant techniques as needed for intended applications. Experience working with pluripotent cells would be a significant plus. Equally important, the candidate should have demonstrated capability of leading a team and developing junior staff. The following is desired of the candidateApplies molecular biology/engineering principles to advance the immune cell platform to develop non-oncology cellular productsPerforms laboratory experiments using Cytotoxic T/Treg cells/ESCs/iPSCs through cross functional interactions to advance the pipeline and understand the fundamental mechanisms associated with T/stem cell differentiation, shear sensitivity, stress response, and scale-up of immune/stem cellsMakes detailed observations, analyses data, and interprets results. Demonstrates scientific rigor in assessing own data and that of others. Utilizes forward-looking perspective to contribute to “go/no go“ decisions.Is familiar with different analytical methods that are used to characterize different stages in T-cell/stem cell proliferation and differentiation.

Is knowledgeable in either or all the of the following areas:

T-cell bioprocessing, T-cell biology, stem cell bioprocessing, stem cell biology, genetic manipulation of T/stem cells, metabolism of T/stem cells, or/and physiology, bioprocessing, and metabolism of mammalian cellsStrategic thinker, Evolving subject matter expert in T/stem cell field or mammalian cell physiology/bioprocessing/metabolism, Good publication record, Leads/Participates in various cross functional technology development teams.Authors and contributes to development reports, scientific publications, patents, and regulatory submissions.Is a good communicator, Effectively presents results at internal meetings and external scientific meetings.Work effectively and collegially as a team member/leader within a highly matrixed organizational structure, Develops junior staffA strong team player who can effectively perform or lead the technical transfer activities and manufacturing support for the clinical/commercial processEducation & Experience


Education: Degree in Chemical/Biochemical/Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Biological Sciences or related field.


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  • years of relevant experienceRequired Skills:Strong background in T-cell/stem cell/mammalian cell bioprocessing/biology/metabolism, applies molecular biology/engineering principles to advance the T-cell/stem cell upstream platformExcellent teamwork/communication/leadership skills including proven technical writing skills, good publication recordDesired Skills:Experience with T-cell/stem cell engineering or process developmentExpertise in one of key scientific areas such as T-cell/stem cell bioprocessing, T-cell/stem cell genomics, or T-cell/stem cell metabolismWhy AstraZeneca?At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we're opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.So, what's next! Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it's yours.Where can I find out more?Check out our landing page for more information on our BPD group Social Media, Follow AstraZeneca on LinkedIn AstraZeneca on Facebook AstraZeneca on Instagram Posted06-Dec-2022Closing DateAstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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