QA Associate II - CAR-T Cell Therapy

City of Hope
Duarte, California
Closing date
Oct 3, 2022

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Life Sciences, Cell Biology, Other, Manufacturing/QA/QC
Position Type
Full Time
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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope's translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope's specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

Responsible for assisting the QA Manager and Senior QA Associate in achieving compliance with all Federal and State laws and regulations and other accrediting agency requirements in the collection, processing, preparation, and distribution of biopharmaceutical products manufactured in the GMP facilities at City of Hope (COH). Assists with distribution, tracking and archiving of clinical materials. Assists with audits, inspections, and staff in-service training as necessary.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Performs quality assurance activities for equipment, building, processes, and products to ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
  • Reviews production output batch records and assures that the proper procedures and processes have been used in the production of the products prior to approval by QA Manager. Compile master production and control batch records and archive documents.
  • Assists QA Facilities manager for the continuous operation of the facility's mechanical systems, monitoring systems and equipment. Responsible for co-coordinating preventative maintenance and maintaining cGMP compliance of all building systems and major process equipment (e.g., autoclaves, dishwashers, depyrogenation oven), as directed by QA Facilities Manager.
  • Conduct internal cGMP and safety training to manufacturing staff, may provide training to new staff and will be OQS lead on manufacturing projects.
  • Initiate OOS/CAPA investigations, propose resolutions and process related forms.
  • Writes reviews and processes the approval of Standard Operating Procedures and quality policies.
  • Responsible for clean room changeover activities such as performing Environmental monitoring, checking room logs, equipment calibration and trash.
  • Present project updates at project meetings and to management as requested. Participate in audits and interact with COH collaborators. May be required to attend off-campus training or COH training seminars.
  • May be required to conduct external vendor audits. Interact with internal COH departments (purchasing, safety etc.) as directed. Communicate with external vendors as directed, to co-ordinate release test activities, and materials processing.
  • Wear pager, or other communication devices, and respond to emergency calls as needed.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's degree within life sciences or related field with a background in basic biology, chemistry, virology, or engineering
  • 3+ years of experience supporting biologics manufacturing, small molecule synthesis, and/or GMP facility operations

Preferred education experience and skills:
  • Master's degree preferred with 3+ years of experience or BS/BA degree with 5+ years of experience.
  • Basic Biology (Molecular and Cellular) Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry)
  • Background within GMP facility operations, biosafety, chemical safety, cGMP principles and practice, and/or equipment maintenance.
  • Certification from ASQ or other professional organization /recognized institutions related to quality (i.e., quality auditor, quality manager, facility operations). Biotech sponsored seminars, workshops on regulations, policies, and procedures impacting cGMP/GLP activities related to biologics manufacturing.

Additional Information:

As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.
  • We have multiple positions available

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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