Quality Control Analyst - Bioassay / Biochemistry

Bluebird Bio, Durham, North Carolina, United States

integrated product platforms with broad therapeutic potential

Quality Control Analysts – Bioassay / Biochemistry / Microbiology

Join bluebird bio’s enthusiastic and collaborative team by contributing to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approach. We seek multiple Quality Control Analysts to support establishing new commercial-level in-house GMP testing laboratories performing release and stability testing for multiple stages of our gene therapy and immune oncology products.   This includes performing analytical methods, data review and trending, and implementation of GMP operational support systems ensuring a compliant Quality Control lab. The candidate will interface with multiple Quality Control functions in support of method qualification, transfer and validation activities.  In addition, the individuals will collaborate with Quality Assurance, IT, Manufacturing, and other cross-functional teams as required.  A strong cGMP, operational and technical background in cell biology, biochemistry, and/or molecular biology will be utilized in the role. This position will require hands on laboratory time.  The level of the positions filled will be commensurate with experience.  

About the Role:

  • Perform cGMP analytical testing (bioassays, qPCR, ELISA, environmental and utility monitoring, bioburden, endotoxin, total organic carbon, and conductivity)
  • Review and evaluate raw data from a peer or technical review level of all analytical methods, as well as sample authorization
  • Author, review, and/or approve SOPs/policies and technical reports with general guidance
  • Participate in laboratory deviations and investigations (IA, OOS, AR), performing assessment, authoring protocols/reports and investigation closure with minimal guidance as required
  • Perform laboratory equipment maintenance with minimal guidance
  • Support operational systems (equipment/instrument maintenance/calibration, equipment alarm monitoring, sample handling/tracking, data integrity/control, cGMP documentation, LIMS, laboratory audit, and method training)
  • Execute phase-appropriate test method validation protocols as needed
  • Participate in providing the necessary information for regulatory filings and inspections
  • Lead and support CAPA/Continuous Improvement Initiatives


About You:

  • Minimum BS in Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or other related field
  • 3+ years of experience in a cGMP/GxP environment is preferred
  • Hands on experience in aseptic technique, quantitative PCR, and other bioanalytical methods such as ELISA, environmental and utility monitoring
  • Demonstrate a strong initiative and scientific leadership
  • Superb organizational, analytical, and communications skills and “do-what-it-takes” attitude
  • A passion for addressing the critical unmet medical needs of patients
  • Self-directed individual who is able to work with limited direction in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
  • Willingness to embrace and demonstrate the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself
  • During initial start-up activities travel may be required and the ability to work alternate shifts


About Bluebird Bio

About us We are leading the gene therapy revolution. Our integrated product platforms encompass gene therapy, cancer immunotherapy and gene editing – providing us with the potential to treat, and hopefully cure, a broad range of serious diseases. We have a lot of energy, and it’s not just the abundance of coffee that keeps us going. Find out what sparks our excitement and inspires us every day.

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