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Senior Associate Scientist - Analytical/Process Development (Cell Therapy)

Company: Novo Nordisk
Location: Fremont
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

About the Department
Novo Nordisk, a global health care company, is committed to discovering and developing innovative medicines to help people living with diabetes lead longer, healthier lives. To support this, Novo Nordisk is conducting research on stem cell therapy. Stem cell research raises hopes for improved treatment of Type 1 Diabetes and for future treatments with cell transplantation therapy. This treatment could be offered to people with many different serious chronic diseases caused by the degeneration of specific cells, such as Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is manifested by the selective destruction of the insulin-producing cells in the body, which leads to a life-long dependence on insulin injections to control blood sugar levels. It is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Cell therapy may offer a better treatment by replacing the lost cells with new insulin-producing cells derived from stem cells, thus avoiding daily multiple insulin injections as well as numerous blood glucose tests. This treatment may also offer better blood glucose control, which is crucial to avoid late-stage complications such as blindness and kidney failure. In this project Novo Nordisk will generate new stem cell lines to be used in future cell therapies to treat Type 1 Diabetes, Parkinson's and chronical heart failure. Are you ready to make a difference?

The Position
The Senior Associate Scientist will provide scientific and technical expertise and execute laboratory development strategies in support of multiple projects focused on advancing stem cell-based therapies to the clinic. This will be achieved by executing analytical and process development experiments, analyzing and ensuring data integrity, performing technical transfer of methods into the facility, and communicating results to project teams. Will consider candidates at the Scientist level commensurate with experience.

Relationships
Reports to the head of the relevant department at the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) Stem Cell Manufacture facility located in Fremont, California. Internal relationships include working closely with technical staff & other members of the scientific leadership team; regular collaborations with members of other departments, including Manufacturing, Facilities and Quality; & frequent interaction with project managers & other colleagues in Denmark. Individual may be responsible for indirect reports or contingent workers.

Essential Functions
Hands-on responsibility for highly complex activities requiring a high level of proficiency, understanding, and knowledge of techniques and practices related to the research area
Demonstrates a breadth of knowledge and skills to support the development, optimization, and management of protocols of high complexity to advance development of analytical methods and stem cell processes. Occasionally demonstrates subject matter expertise
Analyzes complex data with high degree of sophistication, connecting disparate datasets to reach conclusions and set direction on experiments. Responsible for drafting and/or revising Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), study protocols, reports, and other required documentation with limited assistance from supervisor beyond reviews
Effectively communicates ideas and experimental results to cross-functional project teams
Lead, organize and perform experiments directed towards process or analytical development and optimization using undifferentiated human embryonic stem cells
Works closely together with colleagues in M--l--v, Denmark to transfer and/or develop process and analytical methods
Work closely with manufacturing and Quality Control (QC) staff to train in process or analytical methods
Provides guidance regarding experimental strategies. Responsible for setting experiment timelines to meet project deliverables, including communicating study updates, and providing data generation, analyses, and reporting
Maintain laboratory and equipment in accordance with written and approved SOPs
Demonstrated ability to identify better practices and create improvements in methods, techniques, approaches, etc.
Achieves business goals, shares learnings, knowledge, skills, and promotes cross-functional teamwork
Develops superior cross-cultural understanding to effectively interact with relevant stakeholders in the global organization
Manages site inventory. Orders laboratory supplies and equipment. Maintains the laboratories and performs other job-related duties as assigned

Physical Requirements:

Novo Nordisk requires all employees, both Field and Office-based, to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. You will be required to upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccine card at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment

Qualifications
Bachelor 's Degree with 10+ years of relevant experience required
Alternatively a Master's degree with 6+ years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree with little or no post-doctoral or other relevant experience can be considered
Relevant required experience includes Experience with developing cell-based assays, these may include flow cytometry, immunological assays such as ELISA, and genetic testing such as karyotyping or gene arrays
Experience with aseptic technique and mammalian cell culture is required

Preferred experience includes Experience with stem cells
Experience in cell-based therapy development or technical transfer
Experienced with analytical assays used for cellular products.

Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrates project management knowledge, as well as strong organizational and time-management skills

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.

At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we're life changing.

Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.

If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Keywords: Novo Nordisk, Fremont , Senior Associate Scientist - Analytical/Process Development (Cell Therapy), Healthcare , Fremont, California

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