Process Development Specialist

California, United States
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 17 January 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Grade: G

FTE: 100%

The Stanford Center for Cancer Cell Therapy (CCT) is seeking a Process Development Specialist (PDM2) to independently conduct major portions of complex process development, with the intention to tech transfer to our manufacturing team for clinical trial production, consistent with principles of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and aligned with the clinical trial investigational phase for treating patients with incurable diseases.

This recruitment is for up to one (1) full time position.

Process Development Duties include:

  • Lead CCT (Center for Cancer Cell Therapy) PD biomanufacturing campaigns primarily as a main operator. Prepare experimental plans with necessary reagents, timelines, provide scientific hypotheses and experimental rationale. Mainly focused on CART and TCR based therapies.
  • Coordinate PD activities with all necessary functional teams: operations, quality systems, regulatory affairs, and business & administration.
  • Train on biomanufacturing procedures, Batch Records, or provide direction during process development activities.
  • Plan and perform complex components of process development for technology transfer, scale-up/scale-out, optimization activities and characterization of new, state-of-the-art technologies in transition and translating pre-clinical, benchtop research into phase appropriate clinical trials. This includes testing and process optimization of closed-system cell manufacturing platforms and novel gene editing technologies.
  • Perform detailed analysis of experiments and compilation of data using GraphPad/Prism, FlowJo/Cytobank, Excel, RStudio, etc.
  • Plan and perform upstream components of assigned cGMP projects.
  • Identify strategies for innovation in production systems and manufacturing processes.
  • Identify areas for culture optimization and common manufacturing deficiencies or gaps, to address with process improvements.
  • Develop process development budget including sourcing, identifying and ensuring qualified and verified raw materials for scale up PD runs; outline overall and per/PD run costs for project materials and supplies and hours dedicated to complete all steps per PD run.
  • Determine need for, devise, and revise Standard Operating Procedures and Batch Records for tech transfer to CCT cGMP manufacturing team.
  • May be asked to occasionally support clinical manufacturing efforts in the GMP clean rooms, and will have to complete required cGMP trainings
  • Participate in discussions with internal and external collaborators, providing analyzed data and review when appropriate Prepare and submit abstracts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or presentation at scientific conferences.

The Center for Cancer Cell Therapy is a part of the Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI), which is one of an elite number of National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, and is a prominent, dynamic, growing and complex Institute within the Stanford University School of Medicine.  The SCI actively works to build synergies and collaborations among faculty with cancer-relevant expertise from four Schools and over 30 departments across Stanford University. 

*- Other duties may also be assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, microbiology, biological sciences etc.
  • Experience with CAR T, TCR, T cells, gene editing, and cell and gene therapy process development/manufacturing desired.
  • Aseptic technique and cell culture experience is preferred
  • cGMP experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of and experience generating SOPs, batch records, and other documentation for tech transfer into cGMP preferred
  • Experience with tech transfer, engineering/qualification runs a plus.
  • Experience with following assays desired: cell culture, ELISA, tumor-killing assays, flow cytometry/CyTOF/FACS, qPCR/PCR, gene editing/CRISPR
  • Experience with the following software a plus: Prism/GraphPad, FlowJo/Cytobank, Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint, a plus: SnapGene, DOE Software/ JMP,


Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and two years of related experience, or Master’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.


  • Strong biological scientific background
  • Working experience with aseptic cell culture
  • Understanding of cGMP requirements or needs
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn quickly and master computer programs, databases and scientific applications
  • Ability to work under deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Ability to maintain relationships and communicate effectively
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work.


  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly, use fine hand manipulation, repetitive pipetting, perform desk-based computer tasks, and lift, carry, push, and pull objects up to 15 pounds

*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
  • Ability to work under deadlines and meet/ exceed unpredictable manufacturing schedules.
  • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.
  • Position requires working in a cGMP clean room environment.
  • Position may work with viruses: lentiviruses, adeno-associated viruses, and/or retroviruses.
  • Position may work with cancer cell lines or human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).
  • Employee must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing and gloves, and possibly a respirator.
  • May be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA Allergens/Biohazards/ Chemicals, and confined spaces, working at heights.
  • May require extended or unusual work hours based on process development requirements and business needs. May be required to stay at work until product is harvested.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors bases on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4928
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 86775

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