Associate Scientist, Quality Control (Open to flexible working)
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company that combines a talented workforce and technical resources to create a platform for the delivery of strong growth in a rapidly changing healthcare market. Our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.
The CGT platform unit within GSK is an integrated discovery-development-supply unit which will ensure that ground-breaking CGT medicines are seamlessly and expertly discovered and manufactured for clinical development and beyond. GSK has a significant collaboration in the T-cell immunotherapy field with Adaptimmune and other licensing/partnership opportunities are being pursued. The progression of our own portfolio together with the maturation of emerging gene therapy technologies creates an imperative for GSK to now increase our investment in this space and establish an end to end leading platform. This will enable delivery of the portfolio in Oncology as well as ensuring that GSK is able to capture the potential of the emerging technologies in other therapeutic areas.
The CMC capabilities to develop and deliver these products are being built within the Cell and Gene Therapy Platform. As part of the expansion of this platform, the Cell and Gene therapy Quality control team needs to increase capacity to support delivery of quality products to the patient.
- Work with Quality control and Validation team to validate equipment and IT systems
- Author / Review analytical method, Equipment and laboratory systems ensuring alignment with GSK standards
- Support validation and perform routine analytical techniques used for the testing and release of cell and gene therapy products, including flow cytometry, qPCR, ddPCR, ELISA etc.
- Support a technology transfer team to ensure successful transfer and ongoing performance of analytical methods
- Collate and analyse analytical data to support process control and product characterization, release and stability
- Understanding of the regulatory requirements for cell and gene therapy products
- Ensure that any analytical non-conformance or OOS are highlighted to management and investigated
- Ensure data integrity is maintained for all work performed
- Contribute in delivery of relevant sections of regulatory filings and responses to regulatory questions.
- Quality control of gene therapy products within GSK or at third parties
- Ensure analytical methods are fit for purpose through method qualification and validation activities
- Participate in equipment and IT systems validation activities
- Participate in the investigation or review of change controls, quality deviations and out of specification results
- Compliance with regulations, guidelines and best practice
- Manage data in appropriate systems to ensure compliance and data integrity
- Provide data for regulatory submissions.
The role will be based in the UK with the Cell and Gene Therapy Quality Control group at Stevenage. European and international travel might be required at times, as dictated by the project needs.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 17:00 BST.
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Why You?Basic qualifications:
- BSc or equivalent in Biotechnology, Biological Science or related discipline
- Knowledge and understanding of biochemical techniques and analytical disciplines aligned to Cell culture, bioassays and/or PCR
- Experience in Quality Control environment with a good understanding of applying cGMP
- Strong organisational and communication skills
- Demonstrable ability to work in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams.
- Experience of Quality control for cell and gene therapy or Biopharm products
- Experience of regulatory interactions and regulatory documentation
- Good technical understanding of analytical techniques required for the quality control of viral vector and cell products.
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