Cell Processing Technologist I

Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 05, 2021
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Mar 05, 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

This position carries out day-to-day activities related to the conduct of cell and gene therapy clinical trials at the Clinical Cell and Vaccine Production Facility (CVPF) and Center for Advanced Cellular Therapies (CACT) of the University of Pennsylvania. Working closely within a team of cell processing technologists, the focus of the role is cellular processing within an ISO Class 7 and 8 clean room environments. Primary responsibilities include operating bioprocessing equipment, executing routine culture maintenance and following established basic Standard Operating Procedures. This includes basic laboratory techniques suited for manufacturing of routine cellular therapy products. The role will also require stringent aseptic operations and accurate documentation following Good Documentation Practices.

Routine interaction with cell processing technologists, quality control scientists, quality assurance personnel, and additional support staff is necessary. This position is an Essential University employee and is required to report to work in times of inclement weather and University closure. Flexibility to work weekends is required. It is possible that this position may include an alternate shift/work week. A commitment of two years is expected in this role.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description


Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related science; a minimum of 6 months cell culture experience is required or an equivalent combination of education or experience. . Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and consistently meet deadlines is required.  Flexibility, Dedication, Accountability and Team-oriented interpersonal skills are essential in this position.  Position may require “off-standard hours” and “on-call” hours related to specific clinical trials, including some nighttime or weekend hours; may require overtime.

Working Conditions:

Office, library, computer room; Stockroom or warehouse; Requires extensive safety training; Exposure to chemicals; Requires protective devices; Alternative work schedules

Physical Effort:

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25-50 lb.; Typically standing or walking; Typically bending, crouching, stooping; Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping; Using tools requiring high dexterity

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$40,915.00 - $61,372.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.