2018-05-19

Senior Research Scientist-Liver Group
Job Opportunity at Spark Therapeutics, Inc

Posted on May 19

http://www.sparktx.com    215-220-9300

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4150527

The Research Scientist-Liver Group is a key member of the Liver Discovery Research Group and participates in the development of Spark’s liver-targeted gene therapy products. S/he will actively participate in the development of novel targets, facilitating translation from in vitro through in vivo proof of concept. 
 
S/he will be responsible for:
  • Collaborating with other Translational Research Scientists to develop pre-clinical programs from early discovery to the clinic.
  • Designing and conducting in vitro and in vivo experiments to optimize pre-clinical development of liver-directed candidates.
  • Initiating and overseeing joint programs with external collaborators.
  • Writing study reports, manuscripts and present results at appropriate scientific meetings.

The Senior Research Scientist-Liver Group position requires extensive experience with molecular biology, biochemistry and immunoassays including:
  • Design and construction of optimized gene expression cassettes to increase transgene expression derived from liver cells.
  • Experience with design, execution, and data analysis of experimental studies utilizing both cell-based and in vivo models.
  • Some experience or familiarity with liver-directed gene therapy and/or AAV vectors is preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
70%               
  • Work in the labs to perform experiments described above in the primary job duties
15%               
  • Design experiments, organize, discuss, and record experimental data.
10%               
  • Generate technical reports, prepare presentation slides, generate novel concepts.   
5% 
  • Trainings, lab meetings, and administration work

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience in general and advanced lab techniques such as molecular cloning, plasmid design and construction, qPCR, ELISA, luciferase and enzymatic activity assays, SDS-PAGE/western blotting, etc.
  • Experience with studies in laboratory animals.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving capabilities
  • Proven ability to work independently in hands-on laboratory setting, self-motivated to learn and develop new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Familiar with computer software commonly used in bio/pharma industries.
  • Works with colleagues as a team player.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong publication record is a plus.
  • Experience managing external collaborations is a plus.
  • Experience with AAV vectors is preferred.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Ph.D. in relevant scientific discipline required (e.g. cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Generally has at least 5 years of hands-on research experience with gene therapies targeting the liver

WHO WE ARE:
 

Transforming Patient’s Lives. Spark Therapeutics is a pioneering gene therapy leader transforming the lives of patients suffering from debilitating genetic diseases by developing one-time, life-altering treatments. We are embarking on our goal to deliver the first approved gene therapy product in the US for genetic blinding conditions and have a product pipeline addressing other unmet rare genetic diseases. We have an entrepreneurial culture and are looking for talented and passionate professionals who are committed and motivated to making a difference in the lives of our patients. If you share our passion for excellence and are looking for a dynamic work environment that fosters creativity, scientific innovation and team collaboration, you may be a great fit for our team
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