Associate Research Fellow, Cell Therapy Manufacturing Process

Job Title
Associate Research Fellow, Cell Therapy Manufacturing Process

Job Description

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Role Description
Help establish and lead a team to develop and characterize clinical-scale manufacturing processes for Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR T) therapies, establish strategies for analytical characterization, release and stability, develop and qualify appropriate analytical methods and tech transfer and support successful GMP manufacturing and release, initially at a CMO. Develop novel technologies/ approaches to meet future CART analytical needs. This position will work in close collaboration with key stakeholders the CART Research including group and Biotherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences Analytical R&D.

Responsible for successful development, qualification and execution of state-of-the-art analytical methods in support of lentiviral-based, engineered T-cell therapy process development – accomplished technical leader who applies extensive scientific and technical experience and business acumen to establish analytical testing strategies, drive safe and high-quality lab technical work and deliver suitable and robust analytical methods. Provides creative and pragmatic technical and operational problem-solving options.

Responsible for analytical support of clinical-scale non-GMP, IND-enabling, Toxicology studies that are representative of intended GMP clinical manufacturing, and Tech Transfer of in-process and release methods to CMO for validation and execution in support of manufacturing and release of GMP material. Experienced cGMP (QC) leader familiar with FDA/ EMA Regulatory expectations, who drives high quality, compliant analytical testing paradigms and outcomes.

Provides visible, passionate and optimistic organizational/ technical/ personal leadership and actively fosters colleague engagement; models and engenders desired values and behaviors, including quality, integrity, respect, collaboration and personal accountability.

Has the ability and mastery (technical and interpersonal skills, awareness of functional area deliverables and business/ Regulatory context) to train/ mentor more junior colleagues in specific lab techniques or methods.

Establishes and drives relevant and impactful innovation programs, to enhance CART characterization technologies and work-processes; ensures that innovation strategy is aligned with broader business drivers and current and emerging Regulatory paradigms.

Contributes to Project, Technical and Strategic Teams as appropriate; reaches across organizational, functional and geographic boundaries to provide appropriate context and communication (in both directions) so as to ensure effective technical and strategic integration at all internal and external interfaces (Research, Bioprocess development, Analytical, Safety, CMOs, Commercial manufacturing, etc.), as appropriate.

Ensures effective, high-quality, timely and appropriate documentation in electronic laboratory notebooks and internal Technical Reports; contributes to Regulatory Filings and responses to Regulatory questions; presents data/ strategy to scientists and management in appropriate internal and external venues (technical meetings, Project Team meetings, conferences) and publishes in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate.

Contributes to safe, efficient, effective and harmonious lab environment through personal responsibility/ accountability – ensures appropriate cleanliness and status/ operability of shared or assigned lab space or equipment; strong lab citizen and collaborative team player; approaches the job with energy and commitment; demonstrates initiative – identifies what needs to be done and makes it happen.


PhD degree in Immunology/ Molecular Biology or related field - with 10+ years of postgraduate experience in biotech/ biopharma industry (preferably in the development of analytical methods for characterization and GMP release of cell-based or gene-therapies).


Relevant and substantial experience in some or all of the following areas:
- Molecular immunology
- T cell biology/ primary T cell culture/ expansion and characterization
- Development of analytical methods for characterization and GMP release of cell-based or gene-therapies, especially cell-based and FACS-based assays for characterization and release/ stability testing
- Familiarity with cGMPs and appropriate Regulatory Guidance documents


Travel to other Pfizer sites (St Louis MO, Andover MA and others) and to support process Tech Transfer to contract manufacturing organizations in USA/ EU as appropriate

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Desired Skills and Expertise
Doctorate Degree


5+ years

Job Type
Full Time

Salary / package
Not Specified

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