Sr. Lab Operations Associate

Spark Therapeutics
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salary not provided
Closing date
Feb 5, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biotechnology
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Spark Therapeutics Liver-directed gene therapies group is seeking an engaged and collaborative individual to join the Liver Research group. This individual will primarily focus on maintaining, supporting, and streamlining the daily activities of the scientific team, with a focus on lab-based activities. This individual will work closely with Spark scientists and will support activities which underpin early to IND-enabling developmental research for novel gene therapies.

He/she will be responsible for:

• Representing the Liver Research Group in lab-based cross-functional discussions, including EHS, lab safety, and similar workstreams.

• Designing, implementing, and monitoring conformance to policies that maintain lab organization and efficiency.

• Spearheading collaborative efforts to build, maintain, and refine data and information management systems for effective intra- and inter-departmental communication and knowledge sharing.

• Coordinating with external partners and vendors to support lab activities.

• Proactively identifying and championing efforts to eliminate points of friction in existing workflows

• Authoring guidance documents and SOPs which relate to best work practices within the laboratory environment.

• Contributing to lab-based management activities as requested including but not limited to coordinating shipping and receiving, scheduling equipment demos and repairs, etc.


Supporting lab-based management activities as requested to support a vibrant and efficiency laboratory environment

Manage information and data systems, such as Sharepoint and ELN

Represent Liver Research Group in lab-based cross-functional meetings

Trainings, lab meetings and administration work

Education and Experience Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree required in biological sciences or a related field; Masters degree preferred.

• Generally, has 5 years’ experience in a molecular laboratory setting; experience in the biotechnology industry is preferred.

• Experience managing and organizing a biology laboratory in a relevant field is preferred.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

• Skilled collaborator with capacity to understand the support needs of a lab-based unit while leading peers and co-workers to needed change.

• Strong communicator with capacity to relay complex problems and concepts to scientific staff and management effectively

• Demonstrated experience with corporate and lab-based computer systems and software a must (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sharepoint)

• Familiarity with electronic lab notebook systems (e.g. Benchling) a plus

• Proven ability to work independently, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies.

• Self-motivated to learn and proactively identifies areas for workflow streamlining and improvement

• Ability to manage interactions with external vendors

• Interested in early gene therapy biological research and drug development

• Ability to prioritize multiple workstreams to meet deadlines

Complexity and Problem Solving.

• Develops solutions to a variety of complex problems with ability to determine how decisions will impact his/her team and the organization

• Works independently will only general direction and broad objective setting

• Plan schedules and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives

• Objectives and workstreams are consistently aligned with expectations and needs of team management and scientific staff to ensure success

• Failure to achieve objectives will have serious impact on the operational success of the Liver

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

Join the Spark Team

We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable - until now.

We don't follow footsteps. We create the path.


At Spark Therapeutics, a fully integrated, commercial company committed to discovering, developing and delivering gene therapies, we challenge the inevitability of genetic diseases, including blindness, hemophilia, lysosomal storage disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Founded in March 2013 as a result of the technology and know-how accumulated over two decades at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), our investigational therapies have the potential to provide long-lasting effects, dramatically and positively changing the lives of patients with conditions where no, or only palliative, therapies exist. Greater understanding of the human genome and genetic abnormalities have allowed our scientists to tailor investigational therapies to patients suffering from very specific genetic diseases. This approach holds great promise in developing effective treatments to a host of inherited diseases. Our initial focus is on treating orphan diseases.

Headquartered in dynamic Philadelphia, we are a diverse, experienced team united in our goal to break down barriers for people and families affected by genetic diseases. As our name suggests, our investigational, one-time therapies are designed to spark healthy biology, and deliver potentially life-altering transformation for people and families affected by genetic disease. Spark is a member of the Roche Group.

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United States

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