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Research Vector Core Assay Lead

Spark Therapeutics
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hybrid and remote options available for select opportunities.
Salary not provided
Closing date
Oct 5, 2022

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Health Sciences, Drug Development
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma
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Job Details

Primary Duties

The Assay Lead is a key member of Research Vector Core. The successful candidate will play a leading role in the research grade rAAV vector characterization and release. He/she will Lead an assay/DNA team and manage direct reports on their performance and daily activities. He/she will be responsible for:

  • Oversee and manage the assay/DNA team workloads; work alongside with assay team on day-to -day vector release assay and plasmid production and release
  • Plan, coordinate and execute the research grade rAAV vector releases
  • Plan, coordinate and execute plasmid preparation and release for vector productions
  • Author/review assay records, protocols; Generate CoAs for vector releases; Analyze and interpret results; Summarize data in an appropriate format as needed
  • Optimize and develop analytical methods; Support process optimization and production trouble shooting
  • Address complex assay issues and resolve the issues timely by demonstrating and applying cross-functional knowledge, perform supporting studies as needed
  • Represent department as a primary contact on vector characterization related challenges
  • Interface with Therapeutic areas, Next-Gen Sequencing and data science for viral vector characterization
  • Supervise and provide guidance to the assay/DNA team

This position requires:

  • Advanced knowledge of bioanalytical science and strong background in molecular biology
  • In-depth experience in conducting assays for rAAV products including testing for quantification, purity, identity, and safety; capability for troubleshooting assay and/or equipment issues
  • Advanced ability to critically analyze problems, develop potential solutions and evaluate impact to the organization
  • Supervisory experience and the ability to work/communicate effectively with fellow team members and with project teams


  • Plan for rAAV vector releases in a timely manner
  • Mange work load within assay team
  • Prioritize release assay schedules as needed
  • Work alongside the team in the hands-on assays of rAAV vectors
  • Design experiments, organize, discuss and record experimental data
  • Address complex assay issues
  • Author/review assay records
  • Generate CoA for vector releases
  • Manage performance and develop people
  • Lead assay team in a manner that is consistent with Spark culture

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Typically has a Ph.D in a scientific discipline (e.g. molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics) with 5+ years of related experience; May also have a M.S degree with 10+ years biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Hands on experience in performing analytical methods for rAAV including quantification (qPCR and dPCR), purity, identity, and safety
  • Experience in industry under regulated environment is preferred
  • Proven ability to work independently and effectively plan and organize work activities and prioritize task completion to meet schedules and deadlines
  • Strict attention to details. Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills are required
  • Excellent personal communication skills
  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Independently motivated, detail oriented and excellent problem solving ability.
  • Highly adaptable and comfortable in an environment with dynamic priority demands
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Ability to analyze and troubleshoot experiments.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team after initial training

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.

Learn more about Spark Therapeutics and view other openings.


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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Spark Therapeutics
3737 Market Street
Suite 1300
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