Sr Manufacturing Specialist

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salary not provided
October 26 2021
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This position is a key participant in the day-to-day operations and planning of the vector production facility, with a primary responsibility to execute established protocol of manufacturing clinical grade vectors in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). The position will participate in clinical grade Adeno-Associated Virus Vector (AAV) manufacturing, contribute to the implementation of documentation to support cGMP vector manufacture and participate in the production of cGMP gene transfer vectors to support clinical studies.

  • Hands-on cGMP manufacture in assisting upstream virus production and downstream purification
  • Prepare laboratory reagents/raw materials/column packing for the manufacture of clinical and non-clinical vectors
  • Participate in investigations
  • Participate in aseptic fill operations of viral and excipient products
  • Review and revise SOPs and batch records for virus production and purification
  • Perform routine calculations and maintain appropriate records
  • Maintain manufacturing equipment and records
  • Maintain laboratory safety procedures and compliance records


Describe the essential daily job functions and include % of time spent on each.

% of Time

Job Function and Description


• Hands-on manufacture cGMP manufacture including both upstream virus production and downstream purification

• Prepares manufacturing support materials such as media and buffers

• Prepares manufacturing equipment such as packing of chromatography columns of the manufacture of clinical and commercial vectors


• Participates in investigations of process deviations by conducting data gathering, trending and data presentation as required

• Writes and reviews manufacturing documents and procedures such as batch records and SOPs

• Maintains manufacturing equipment and records

• Maintain safety procedures and compliance records

• Contributes to manufacturing process monitoring for products transferring from research to manufacturing

• Determines verification of results obtained comply with written procedures

• Participates in efforts for troubleshooting and solving production process/equipment problems


• Ensures less experienced manufacturing specialists comply with SOPs and that training is completed

• Under the direction of Manufacturing Lead, participates in the coordination and implementation of special projects such as validation or complex investigations

• Advises Manufacturing Lead on improvements which may optimize work processes

• Participates in internal meetings as appropriate


  • Bachelor's degree in biology, biomedical, chemistry, or engineering
  • Generally has 5+ years of relevant experience, or equivalent qualifications and experience
  • Experience with aseptic large scale cell culture or protein purification
  • Must have experience working in a cleanroom environment (ISO 8/7)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of cGMP regulations
  • Demonstrated training ability

Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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