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Lead Gene Therapy Process Engineer
Title:Lead Gene Therapy Process Engineer
Location:Newark, NJ
Department:Biopharma Division

Position Summary:

New Jersey Innovation Institute's (NJII) Biopharma Division is looking for a talented Lead Gene Therapy Process Engineer to join our Gene Therapy Process Development team. This position has an immediate start.

This is a key engineering role that will help drive the effort to establish novel bioprocesses associated with the latest viral vector development techniques. They will work in conjunction with a team of scientists to develop, optimize, scale-up, and characterize in-process, upstream and downstream methods to improve critical production variables in the viral vector development process. In this leadership role, they are expected to collaborate with business and technical partner groups including equipment manufacturers, bioanalytical collaborators to facilitate rapid process improvements.

The ideal candidate will have direct, hands-on industrial upstream and downstream experience in viral vector development, optimization, and related unit operations. This candidate must be a strong technical leader in order to contribute actively to existing projects as well as the make process improvements. 


  • Execution of upstream and downstream process improvements and technology development programs in viral vector development. This includes experimental planning, execution, data analysis, reporting and recommendation.
  • Development of novel viral vector assays.
  • Optimization of upstream and downstream processes and analytical methods.
  • Contribute to the team in solving continuous manufacturing challenges in the areas of viral vector design and development.
  • Contribute to technical vision and development of NJII’s process development offering as part of the PD team.
  • Plan and write grant proposals oriented to industry, academic, and government entities.
  • Execute on project milestones as part of a diverse scientific team.
  • Provide deep process development expertise across the organization, including guidance and training of technical staff as necessary.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in gene therapy process design, development and engineering, preferably in an industrial setting.
  • D. or Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering or related engineering discipline.
  • Strong upstream and downstream processing knowledge of viral vector design and production is required.
  • Previous experience in making viral vector process improvements is desired.
  • Knowledge in T-cell biology, cell or molecular biology, gene engineering, viral vectors, and immunology is preferred.

Why Work for NJII?

NJII is an innovative and fast-paced company with a collaborative culture and winning spirit. NJII is located in the heart of Newark, NJ with easy access to various modes of public transportation. We offer generous health and wellness benefits, time off, 401K match and more!

New Jersey Innovation Institute is an Affirmative Action, Equal-Opportunity Employer

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