On January 11, 2021, we announced our intent to separate our severe genetic disease and oncology businesses into differentiated and independent publicly traded companies. We will retain focus on severe genetic disease (SGD) and will launch our oncology business (“Oncology Newco”) as a new entity, with the completed transition expected by the end of 2021.

 

ABOUT THE NEST

At bluebird, only two things matter - patients and our people. When you join the nest, you're not just landing a new gig, you become a part of a flock that's soaring to new heights. We’re 1100+ doers, thinkers and collaborators across the globe with a strong sense of our values and our purpose. Our innovation and sustainability are rooted in the diversity of our teams and results are achieved through cooperation and the incorporation of multiple points of view. This is personal and we approach every challenge with radical care. The time is now to rise up and recode the science, the systems, and the status quo.

 

About The Nest

At bluebird, only two things matter - patients and our people. When you join the nest, you're not just landing a new gig, you become a part of a flock that's soaring to new heights. We’re 1100+ doers, thinkers and collaborators across the globe with a strong sense of our values and our purpose. Our innovation and sustainability are rooted in the diversity of our teams and results are achieved through cooperation and the incorporation of multiple points of view. This is personal and we approach every challenge with radical care. The time is now to rise up and recode the science, the systems, and the status quo.

About The Flock

Join bluebird bio’s enthusiastic and collaborative Oncology Method Development and Qualification team by contributing to the success of our novel CAR T/TCR cell therapy approaches. The candidate’s primary responsibility will be executing hands-on laboratory testing to support the development, qualification, and routine testing of cell-based potency and bioassay test methods. The candidate will coordinate and enable critical laboratory activities by effectively communicating within and across functions, proactively addressing reagent and equipment needs, assisting in designing and executing key development experiments, and preparing necessary technical documents. We are looking for motivated candidates to work collaboratively and take initiative to drive important projects, with the goal to deliver therapies that transform the lives of patients.

 

HOW YOU’LL FLY

As a Senior Associate Scientist I reporting to the Senior Scientist, MDQ, you'll help to bring more patients their bluebird days by:

  • Leading the execution of laboratory experiments, interpretation of results, and discussion/presentation of impact.
  • Collaboratively design and coordinate execution of bioassay development activities to implement robust and controlled methods in Quality Control or Analytical Operations for characterization of CAR T/TCR functions.
  • Conduct testing to support cross-functional process development activities and product stability assessments.
  • Document, manage, evaluate, and maintain data in a highly organized manner.
  • Author and review SOPs, protocols, and technical reports.
  • Support general lab operations by coordinating schedules, ensuring the lab is well stocked, maintaining instruments, and training new team members, as necessary.
  • Contribute to new technology assessment and implementation.
  • Represent the Method Development and Qualification group in cross-functional forums to provide feedback on scientific strategy, prioritize activities, and evaluate timelines.
  • Take initiative to pursue activities towards achieving group and company goals.

 

WHAT YOU’LL BRING

You’re the bird we’re looking for if you:

  • Have a BS with 6+ years of experience or MS with 4+ years of industry experience in bioanalytical method development. Degree emphasis in Immunology, Cell Biology, Virology, or related field preferred.
  • Are familiar with CAR T/TCR-based cell therapies and analytical methods for lot release and characterization.
  • Have a background in T cell biology and T cell functional assays.
  • Have experience developing cell-based potency assays e.g. reporter and protein expression assays to reflect mechanism of action of drug product candidates and relative potency determination, with good understanding of the statistical approaches.
  • Have experience with cell culture techniques, handling primary and established cell lines, and executing cell-based assays is required.
  • Have hands on experience with immunoassays (e.g. flow cytometry, ELISA, Luminex) and molecular biology techniques (e.g. qPCR).
  • Experience with lentivirus or other viruses is a plus.
  • Experience in a GLP/GMP compliant environment is a plus.
  • Training in statistics and/or experience with statistical software packages including JMP, DoE, Prism, PLA, etc. is a plus.
  • Superb organizational and communication skills, with a “do what it takes” attitude. Must be willing to have a flexible schedule based on experiment and company needs.



All our birds embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, b yourself.


All our birds embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture:  b colorful, b cooperative, b yourself.

bluebird bio is deeply committed to fostering an environment where diversity and inclusion are not only valued, but prioritized. We believe a diverse and inclusive community empowers us to act courageously, care deeply, and dream boldly to impact people in big ways.  Diverse viewpoints bring diverse capabilities which strengthen our focus and fuel our growth.

bluebird is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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