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Analytical Science and Technology Senior Scientist ​

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024

Job Description

General Summary:

The Senior Scientist, Analytical Science and Technology (ASAT), plays a critical role in the Commercial Manufacturing & Supply Chain team. You will be responsible for providing analytical expertise to support manufacturing and quality control of commercial Cell and Gene therapy (CGT) products. S/He is also responsible for leading the analytical method lifecycle management (ALCM) activities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead ALCM projects including late stage and post-marketing approve analytical activities such as method validation and method transfer.
  • Be accountable for the success of ALCM projects/activities and ensure on-time deliverables to meet program commitments
  • Be a key contributor to analytical method continuous improvement and lifecycle management
  • Participate in troubleshooting and the investigations during routine manufacturing and quality control operations
  • Be primary SME for analytical testing and method performance executed at CDMOs and contract testing labs
  • Own ALCM related change controls
  • Support program collaborations with internal Vertex functions including Analytical Development, Process Development, Commercial Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Quality teams
  • Support regulatory submissions and responses to health agency inquiries

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated expertise in analytical method development, qualification, validation and transfer for biologics and/or cell gene therapy drug products
  • Working experience in late stage or commercial environment with a good understanding of GMP operation is required
  • Experience and knowledge of regulatory requirements and ICH guidance related to ALCM activities is required
  • Hands-on experience with in-vitro cell-based functional/potency assays and flowcytometry for CGT products is highly desirable
  • Experience in managing contract testing sites (CTO/CDMO) is recommended
  • Ability to prioritize objectives from multiple projects, adhere to scheduled timelines while maintaining flexibility and efficiency.
  • Sufficient technical writing skill is a must.
  • Experience of using the statistical analysis tools (e.g. JMP) and/or sufficient knowledge of statistical concept are preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills with the proven ability to work with internal and external partners is a plus

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in Science or related discipline
  • 6 years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry

Hybrid-Eligible Roles

In this Hybrid-Eligible role, you can choose to be designated as:

Hybrid: work remotely up to two days per week; or select

On-Site: work five days per week on-site with ad hoc flexibility



Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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