Research Associate I, Analytical Support Molecular Biology

About AskBio

Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. (AskBio) is a leading, clinical-stage gene therapy company founded in 2001 based on the work of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy visionary and pioneer, Jude Samulski, PhD. Since that time, our commitment to developing life-saving medicines that can potentially cure genetic diseases has never wavered.

At AskBio, we’ve built a foundation of therapeutic programs, AAV manufacturing and a rich portfolio of patented technology. Our therapeutic focus includes neuromuscular, central nervous system, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases with clinical trials underway for Pompe disease, Parkinson’s disease, and congestive heart failure. Our gene therapy platform includes Pro10™, an industry-leading proprietary cell line manufacturing process, and an extensive AAV capsid and promoter library.

We became a wholly-owned, independently operated, subsidiary of Bayer AG in late 2020 as a cornerstone of its newly formed Cell & Gene Therapy (CGT) platform. Our global headquarters is in Research Triangle Park, NC. Additionally, we have significant operations in Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, OH, Scotland, France, and Spain.

Our vision: Pioneering science to create transformative molecular medicines.

Our mission: Lead innovative science and drive clinical outcomes to transform people’s lives.

Our principles:

  • Advance innovative science by pushing boundaries.
  • Bring transformative therapeutics to patients in need. 
  • Provide an environment for employees to reach their fullest potential. 

Our values:

  • Be a Pioneer. We are not afraid of the impossible and to innovate to make gene therapies accessible to those in need.
  • Cultivate Collaboration. Strive to be the best teammate, actively listen, openly communicate, and embrace diverse points of view.
  • Embrace Responsibility. We are humbled by the enormity of our mission. We hold a relentless commitment to advance science and clinical outcomes for our patients, families, and caregivers.
  • Raise the Bar. Continuously drive improvements and efficiencies. Seek and provide constructive feedback. Have a bias for learning and action.
  • Act with Uncompromising Integrity. Be honest, transparent, and committed to doing what’s right in every situation. Make clear commitments and follow through.

We have an opportunity for a Research Associate I, Analytical Support Molecular Biology to join the AskBio team and be part of our continued success!

Position Overview

The Research Associate Analytical Support Molecular Biology position is to support process development and non-GMP manufacturing teams through the execution of molecular biology analytical assays.  This individual provides the execution and data analysis of molecular biology analytical test methods to support continued manufacturing process technology improvements and non-GMP rAAV vector release testing.

Responsibilities

  • Execution of molecular biology analytical methods such as qPCR, ddPCR, TCID50 etc.
  • Provide analytical testing support for Manufacturing to assist in the analytical characterization of new therapeutic targets and technology improvements
  • Follow SOPs and document analytical test method procedures
  • Organize and perform data analysis at completion of each test method
  • Ensure lab areas are clean, organized and equipment, supplies and raw materials are available for use
  • Contribute to technical discussions and investigations
  • Detailed, organized, formal record keeping
  • Has excellent communication skills and works well in a group work environment
  • Assist in making routine revisions to SOPs, Batch Records, Analytical Records, Formulation Records and initiate new procedures as applicable.
  • Assist with inventory management of raw materials and analytical test method supplies.
  • Evaluate and summarize analytical results and final reports

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1- 3 years of experience of experience in bio-analytical testing, development and technology transfer, preferably in rAAV and/or recombinant protein/biomolecules

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Previous experience and/or demonstrated skills with one or more of the following techniques is highly desirable: qPCR, ddPCR, and/or other molecular biology techniques
  • Familiarity with biopharmaceutical manufacturing, regulations, and compliance
  • Knowledge implementing and troubleshooting experiments
  • Ability to critically analyze problems, develop potential solutions and evaluate impact to the research organization
  • Ability to assume independent ownership of protocols and experiments
  • Advanced technical lab skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload according to group’s goals priorities
  • Have a service-oriented and quality mindset/attitude
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with people, internally and externally
  • Must have an understanding of statistics and data analysis/interpretation
  • Possess basic office skills using a PC and working with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

 

Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. (AskBio) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status prohibited under Federal, State or local laws. All employment decisions are based on valid job‐related requirements. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our website, you may request a reasonable accommodation to express interest in a specific opening by calling us at (919) 561-6210 or emailing us at talent@askbio.com.